HELP!!! 4 Months - Constant Headache

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jcommerce
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All, I'm a desperate, 34 year old male who is down on my knees and praying for relief.  I have been suffering from a constant headache for over 4 months now (regular headaches for over 5 years) and have tried many things with no relief thus far.  My headaches range from 5 - 6 up to 8 - 9 throughout the day, with an occasional 9 - 10 day that will leave me completely debilitated and close to or actually with tears.  Historically, I rarely, if ever, miss work and I have already missed 4 days of work this year and have canceled numerous work and vacation trips.  I also believe that my headaches are continuing throughout the night as I've had several recurring dreams about being stabbed in the head with swords and dreams about being in small, short ceiling houses and repeatedly hitting my head.  I most recently flew home early yesterday from a convention in Las Vegas because I was in such blinding pain, I couldn't even stand up.  I have spent over $4000 out of pocket and over $13,000 when combined with my insurer's contributions so far in 2009.  I will list everything I have tried, thus far without success, below:
 
General Doctor (prescribed Fiorecet and tension headache neck exercises)
Sinus Specialist
Sinus CT Scan (results negative)
Chiropractor (neck and electro stimulation)
Neurologist (2 visits - prescribed amitriptylene, fiorecet, midrin on 1st visit / dropped amitriptylene and prescribed topomax 2nd visit)  I just started the Topamax 3 days ago at 15 mg and will increase to 30 mg in 10 days then to 45 mg in 20 days - I'm very scared about the potential side effects I've been reading about.
Fiorecet & Midrin did nothing for me and I've stopped their use
Brain CT Scan
Brain MRI (Regular and DYE - results negative)
Full Blood Analysis
Accupuncture (6 sessions with electro stimulation)
Sprayed house and crawl space for mold
Daily Neck stretches
Dental Sleep Device - Anti - Teeth Grind
Anti Snore Headwear
Neproxin/Ipuprofen (they do nothing for me and I've stopped their use)
Avoid foods with MSG
Cut back on Caffeine/Coffee
 
Over the last 4 months, I have truly come to appreciate the relatively good health I've had in the past and truly understand when people say to not take your health for granted...or when older people say "at least you have your health".  I spend most free time reading online about headaches and what people are doing to deal with them.  It is very sad and depressing reading, but it makes me know that I'm not alone.  I also want people out there to know they're not alone and that there are people, like me, who are suffering with them. 
 
The last few days at the ICSC convention in Vegas made me very sad and feel alone because I was surrounded by people who were happy and wanted to go out and have a good time.  All I could do was try to get through my meetings and all but crawl back to my room to lay down in bed in my dark room.  I finally made the decision to cancel my remaining meetings and fly home early and now here I am.
 
Can anyone offer any advice or help?
 
Thank you all in advance.
 
Jake
 
 

Post Edited (jcommerce) : 5/20/2009 9:27:37 PM (GMT-6)


Rooster427
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   Posted 5/20/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Do u feel better when you lie down??? Do you notice a major difference in the head pain wehn you bend over or go to the bathroom? Does it feel like your head is going to explode?? If any of these apply to you I may know what the problem is.
"God won't take me to what he can't take me through"


jcommerce
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   Posted 5/20/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I still have an extremely bad headache when lying down, it's just better because it's usually dark and I don't have to talk to anyone or make any movement.  I haven't noticed any change when bending over or going to the bathroom.  The headache is there all of the time.  The neurologist asked me how many days I've been headache free over the last 4 months and I told her that it cannot be totaled in days, rather in minutes.  The only changes have been in intensity as described above.  I've had about a total of 3 hours where I haven't had a headache over the last 4 months.

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nattielight14
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   Posted 5/20/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey man.... I have had HORRIBLE headaches all day long everyday since February 1st. Your list sounds a bit like mine. I took the Topamax for awhile and just came off but I did not have any side effects other than a little weight loss. I also did the CT, Fioricet,  different doctors etc.

I am now seeing a naturopath out of Cumming Ga. I am not completely fixed yet but in the last two weeks (with only two visits) he has drastically changed my life.

The website  if you are interested. Maybe you can find someone in your area that does the same techniques and using the same instruments. Good Luck!

 

 

 

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kandjmomy
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   Posted 5/20/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Rooster - I'm curious what you think it is, especially if the HA is better lying down.

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   Posted 5/21/2009 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Jake,
Do you have any other symptoms....such as dizziness or nausea? I too can relate to the world we're "trying" to forge ahead in.

It is VERY frustrating when others around us are so healthy and full of life...when in turn that's ALL we want back again....is to be healthy and full of life like them!! But some days it seems like we'll NEVER get there...

I have horrible vertigo as well with my headaches. I can go a month without the vertigo....but still have the headaches...then I have weeks like I have had lately where if I simply look at a toilet it makes my head spin and sure enough vomit about 4 or 5 times only to be bedridden for hours until the spinning stops and my head stops pounding....!! ARGH!

Like others on these forums have said....thank the heaven above for my beloved three children....as without....trust me I have had PLENTY o' days where I've thought if this is life....forget it!!

Hang in there....keep forging ahead. I pray and know there's GOTTA be brighter tomorrows....even though it may take a few months for that sun to shine!! :)

Healthy wishes to you Jake.
Krista
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jcommerce
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   Posted 5/21/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Krista, those words mean a lot to me.  I wish you well and feel for you.  You are not alone.
 
Take care, 
 
Jake

purplegdaisy
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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Jake,
I can't help you with any pain relief or medication suggestions as I am suffering as well and have not found anything to help as of yet. I do want to suggest that if you have insurance through work, if you have any disability insurance, it might be a good idea to talk with your neuro and get on disability from work so you don't jeopardize your job. I had to do this from November 07 to June of 08 and while they only pay you about 2/3 of your salary, it is better than getting fired for calling in sick all the time. I was hospitalized for 2 weeks trying to break the cycle and we never could.

I assume that you have had the pressure checked in your eyes? My pressure was very high during that time, and they diagnosed me with a pseudo-tumor. After several other opinions, it was determined that I did not have a pseudo tumor, but do have a friend that does have them and she is miserable.

I hope this helps, and if you are eligible for the insurance and in these difficult financial times, you can take some time off and take care of yourself..
Tracy
I have had migraines for 27 years. I have tried so many meds I have forgotten their names...
I also have chronic back pain due in part to a car accident in 2005.  I have also been diagnosed with facet disease which was aggravated by the accident and started the flare up.  3 bulging discs to the left.  Lower back pain that goes into my right butt cheek and down right leg to my knee....
 
Currently taking oxycodone and having repeat injections in my facets and nerve ablation.


jcommerce
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   Posted 5/23/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Purpleg,
 
Thanks for the advice.  Problem is, if I don't show up for work, the only one that could give me paid leave is me since I'm a commercial real estate agent and essentially work for myself.
 
I do think I've figured out what may be ailing me, and that is the drug Ambien.  Back in January, it was the first thing I suspected when my headaches started and I got off of it immediately.  However, after about 8 - 9 days of being off it, the headaches were still there and my doctors said that Ambien was not the cause and I could continue its use.  I figured 8 - 9 days of being off it would show some indication if it was the cause.  So after that, I was back on Ambien and trying to find the "real" cause.
 
But a few days ago, I thought to myself that I should research the correlation between Ambien and headaches further and I came across the thread below of over 180 posts from people who were suffering almost the same way I have been.  It was as though I was reading my own journal.  All were on Ambien regularly, and almost all had doctors tell them that Ambien was not the cause and they were fine to stay on it.  Some of the posts are downright shocking.  The success stories came from people who quit for good and noticed that their headaches slowly went away over the course of 4 - 6 weeks, sometimes sooner.  I am proud to say that I'm on day 3 of no Ambien and I truly believe it to be the culprit.  I will never use it again.  I don't want to get my hopes up too high and be disappointed.  My headaches today were as bad as they've ever been.  But 2 years of buildup from what I've now determined to be a very powerful and destructive drug may take some time to be purged from my system.  I'll cross my fingers and hope that the coming days and weeks find me starting to feel better.
 
Here's the thread.  I hope it helps me and many many others out there:
 
"please review rules, specifically #4, Thanks"
 
I will continue to post updates of my progress or what I hope to be my progress.  Good luck to all of you. 
 

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Krista07
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   Posted 5/25/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Jake,
I do hope that you are on the right path with the Ambien!! :) TRUST ME...I know after losing my job after this lengthy illness how horrible of a situation it is to be in.  I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.....BTW, I'm under the impression you were taking the Ambien for sleep......so, how have you slept? Are you taking something else?
Krista
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jcommerce
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   Posted 5/25/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Krista,
 
I was on Ambien for sleep. I was having major insomnia starting several years back and my doctor prescribed Ambien for me. I was told it was safe and approved for nightly use. It was like a godsend to me as it allowed me to fall asleep quickly and sleep for most of the night. Before that, it would take very long for me to fall asleep and, when I did, I would wake up an hour or so later and not be able to fall asleep again for 3 - 5 hours. Horrible! But I'll take that situation back in a second in exchange for these headaches, or should I say THE headache as it is truly an ongoing, singular headache.

Surprisingly, I have been sleeping quite well after going off it (last night was my 5th night off it). I have been having vivid, memorable dreams, which is something I rarely had while on Ambien. However, this morning started with one of the worst morning headaches I've had throughout the entire 4+ months. I could barely move and my eyes were watering from the pain and I stayed in bed, in the dark, until almost noon. It was quite depressing (especially on what is a beautiful, warm Memorial Day outside) as I'm trying to keep optimistic and was hoping the severity of the headaches would dwindle as the days went by. But I have to realize that it's really only been 5 nights and 4 days w/o any new Ambien in my system and that I need to exhibit patience based on other accounts.

Again, I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much that the Ambien is the cause, because I will be very very disappointed if it's not and these *HEADACHES* continue throughout the Summer.

Thanks for your thoughts and I hope you're on the road to a solution as well. 
 
Jake

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Krista07
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   Posted 5/28/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jake....well....how goes the battle?
I do hope you are heading the right direction... :)
Let me know how you're doing when you have a chance.

Thanks...happy and healthy thoughts to ya!
Krista
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jcommerce
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   Posted 5/28/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Krista,
 
Hanging in there, the weekend was very bad (8 - 10) but the last 2 days have been "better" (4 - 6).  I'm not sure if that's indicative of anything, but we'll see. 
 
Saw a new neurologist today who I liked a lot better than the last one.  She was much more down to earth and agreed with a passive approach initially.  She said it could possibly be the Ambien, but that she wanted to do a fact finding mission first.  She said it was good that I was off the Ambien and I told her that I've started a 30 day complete body cleanse system.
 
Part of her fact finding mission is to look deeper into my situation.  She studied the MRIs and blood work I've already had done and said she wants further information as some things on the MRIs "were concerning".  I'm going in next week for a neck MRI, a spinal CT scan, and a "gulp" spinal tap.
 
She said that, based on the results of those tests and my condition in 2 - 3 weeks, if I hadn't improved, it would be time to go from passive to aggressive.  That would entail a 4 day hospital stay for some extensive testing and monitoring.  Part of that would include steroid injections and other "system shock" methods.
 
We'll see how this all goes.  As you can imagine, I'm hoping and praying, more than ever, that it is the Ambien and that I'll be greatly improved in 2 - 3 weeks.  The spinal tap thing is not cool.
 
How are you doing???
 
Talk to you soon.

Krista07
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   Posted 5/29/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jake,
HOLY cats...it certainly sounds like this new neurologist you're seeing is certainly on top of your situation. I truly think it's a good thing that you have a thorough timed out plan for the next month.

It's always better then what I've been going though of "let's try this and see how it works"....then a couple weeks later it does nothing....and back to the "well, let's try this....blah blah blah...and here I am a year and a half later finding that yep....pretty much nothing has worked...

I too have been trying to cleanse my system and move forward...somedays, as you know, are so much better then others.!! Yesterday for about 4 hours I felt like a knife was being shoved into my right temple and out my right eye. OMG it was horrible! Even though I'm not on preventative meds I can't shake the feeling that I'm soooooo tired ALL the time. I continue to try to build my strength back to where I used to be and WOOFTAH....it's exhausting,. to say the least. BUT let's stay POSITIVE kiddo.

Those tests are kind of like a double-edged sword...where you certainly don't "want" anything to be wrong.....however, you think....hmmm...well if they did perhaps they could fix it and I could have my life back.

We'll get there...our "old" selves are still in us...thankfully I see glimmers of mine every once and awhile!! But like I told my docs...thank the lord I have a personality or I think I would have committed myself to a local instituation a dozen times by now!!

Take care and keep in touch when you're up to it.

Here's to happy and healthy thoughts!
Krista
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jcommerce
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   Posted 6/1/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Krista,
 
It "pains" me to hear you describe the pain you had behind your eye.  It makes me sad to hear this and I feel and hope for you.  I'm glad you still feel that you have a sense of your true self and that you have your personality, even if it's challenged at times.  I hope you're finding moments, if not hours or days, of relief and freedom from pain.  Hang in there!
 
Here's my latest update (sorry if it seems less personal, it was a copy and past from another post site):
 
I reluctantly flew back east over the weekend for a wedding in Atlanta. The rehearsal dinner was on Friday night and on Friday afternoon/evening I hit full rock bottom. I think it had to do with the fact that I had flown that day and the cabin pressure aggravated my headaches. Upon arriving at the hotel, I seriously thought I might die. It was THE worst pain I've ever experienced in my whole life (and believe me, I've experienced some intense pains in my life....ever heard of a sinus wash?). I actually was driven to tears. I am a 34 year old male and I cannot remember crying from pain since I was about 10 years old. The worst of it lasted about 30 minutes and I was very close to having my girlfriend drive me to the ER. I now have a new 10 (maybe 11) rating on the 1 - 10 scale. But then it started to subside and I actually got to the point where I was good enough to go to the dinner. This was a good thing because it was a full southern style BBQ with fried chicken, ribs, buttermilk biscuits, cornbread, etc.
Saturday and Sunday were better days. I still had headaches but I was able to attend the wedding with the help of some ibuprofen and Sunday was fairly mild with the headaches only reaching a 4 on the 1 - 10.
Today is Monday and I'm having subtle headache surges, but they have been more manageable. I'm not sure if I hit the darkest before the dawn over the weekend or if this is just a normal fluctuation I'm going through. I'm guardedly optimistic that I'm on the upswing and hopefully on track to putting this behind me.

kristinw
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   Posted 6/2/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jake and Krista,
I hope you don't mind me joining the conversation! I can completely empathize with what you're both going through. I am in week 3 of a migraine that is recurring and treatment-resistant. I am so glad to have found this forum and people who understand! My husband is getting frustrated, because he doesn't know what migraines are like (I think he thinks I'm being "weak", but he's trying). I just got out of the hospital a couple of days ago, and it didn't help me. They said the steroids and IV meds typically help people, though, so don't lose heart, Jake! Hopefully they'll do the trick for you, if nothing else does.
I have been taking Ambien, too, for just over 2 months. I now feel compelled to stop taking it. Thanks for the tip! Good luck to both of you on your journeys towards getting better.

jcommerce
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   Posted 6/2/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Kristin,

Get off the Ambien. It sounds like you're going through what many people on this Topix discussion are going through and it's the reason I've been off it for 2 weeks now.

Please take the time to read through the whole thing. There are several people who it seems in their earlier posts that Ambien might not be the culprit, but as they go on and through patience and persistence, it sure seems to point to it. I've put a fan in my room for "white noise" and it has helped me sleep w/o drugs. I'm in week 2 of no Ambien and my headaches are stiill here, but I'm seeing little, subtle signs that may indicate that I'm improving.
 
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DadofPainboy
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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
One good thing about 'the spinal tap thing' you mention. A great many of the things that can be found there are fixable. Be sure whoever does it not only collects the fluid but gets an opening pressure.

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   Posted 6/2/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
P.S. Avoid splenda / sucralose in particular and, basically, fermented or artificial anything.

Also, does IV benadryl / toredal help? Might be something in your environment changed. New water treatment method in your town? Could be an allergy trigger. I don't see that in your list. Might be what you breathe in the shower, new anti-perspirant, new laundry soap/softener/bleach etc?

If you have a relative in another part of the country, go live there for a couple of weeks and see if things get better.

kristinw
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   Posted 6/3/2009 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
DadofPainboy- I think your idea to go live in another part of the country is great! I have a relative (an aunt-in-law) who lives out west, and I hear the air there is great. My brother lived out there for a while and said the air is much more "breathable" than it is in PA. Where do you live in the country, if you don't mind me asking?

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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
When you go, try to take as little from home as you can.   No cologne, no 'fancy actions whitening etc' toothpase, switch to unscented body products, simple unscented soaps, simple detergents, extra rinse cycle, skip the 'static softener dryer patch', no favorite scented candles, zero hair products after simple unscented shampoo, if you wet shave unscented simple creme, get the idea?  Leave as much as possible behind.   No vitamins or supplements you haven't shown the actual bottles of to you doctor. Do laundry with the simple stuff when you get there and do the 'extra rinse' and no dryer fancy stuff.  Don't take your pets.   Don't use dry cleaned clothes if they use anything other tha CO2.  Again not that it is bad but you want to reduce suspects.  To minimize what you breathe in from the hot shower, use the fan and turn the water off while you suds up.  Get out of there promptly.  If you want to relax use the bath (simple soaps, no scented stuff).   Don't go to a public hot tub or swimming pool owing to the chlorine trigger possibility (add this back later, remember none of it is forever).
 
Drop all the artificial sweetners (not that they are all bad but the idea is to make things totally simple, and then if you improve add back bit by bit till you see what's what).   Same for soy sauce (hope you aren't asian because that can be hard) no precooked or preserved meats like hot dogs, salame, bologne and aged cheeses.   Lowest available cost bottled water if there isn't some manner of filter on the public supply.   No steaming hot yeast products, let them cool to room temp.   There's a certain class of broad bean that really nukes some headache people, look it up.   You don't have to be a diet **** forever, just for a while to see how it goes.  The less time between what you eat and when it was growing the better.  Get off caffiene and if you can't then limit it to one or two at most per day and never change.  If you smoke you are nearly totally screwed so hire whatever doctors it takes to stop.  The pain should be enough of a motivator.  Some wine additives are really awful triggers, as are some beers.  You never really know beyond sulfites what flavorants a wine maker may have used or what pesticides were used on the grapes.  If you can stand it, drop the booze and if you can't then try simple fruity drinks or 'classic' brands that haven't changed forumlations use liked from before you were painful and if you aren't sure then don't use them.   If you have to drink wine: dry white. 1 1/2 per day max.  Whatever physical you do, make it about the same per day (half hour, hour) and don't be a hero and don't change.
 
Get a plan from whichever doctor you trust the most about what to take everyday, what to take to get rid of really painful headaches, ice-packs, anesthetic patches-- and whatever the plan is do NOT lone ranger over the counter pain meds, vitamins, supplements and so on as stopping/changing those will bring the pain back a day or two later.
 
Also try nothing fancy message every week.  Chiros work the bones but it is the muscles that move them out of place and relaxing those feels better and helps about as much.
 
I live near the Iowa - Illinois border.
 
Good luck!
 

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   Posted 6/3/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jake.
 
I'm so happy to hear that you were able to attend the out of town wedding...and fight the good fight and be able to enjoy yourself as much as possible!!  I know for me I think sometimes I'm so "worried" that I'm going to get a headache that I have at times avoided making any plans and sticking to them.
 
So far this week I have been to two baseball games (my youngest sons who is 7 and my oldest son who is 10) my daughter's soccer game, her 5th grade graduation, and last but not least the school end of the year picnic...and it's only WED?? AHHHH!!
 
Thankfully I had my "monthly" appt with my internal doc and he refilled my toradol shots (60mg)....as those at times do absolute WONDERS when I feel those "surges" like you were talking about and BOY did I have one at about 4 this morning so I layed there for awhile and it just kept getting worse.  So I neandered downstairs and had taken a shot. I fell back asleep about an hour later and felt pretty darn good.
 
Little by little I'm getting there. I see my neurologist this Fri. I'll pass by him my temple and eye pain and see what he thinks of that.
 
Hope you're having a good week.
Drop a line when you have time,
Krista
 
Krista


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   Posted 6/4/2009 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
DadofPainBoy- I don't think I can go on my trip for awhile (maybe August?), but I will definitely talk to my husband about going. That'd be really great. Thanks for all of the advice on things to get rid of. I can start working on that right away! I never knew all of those things could be potential triggers. Whew.

Krista- How did you get your doc to give you a script of Toradol shots? Mine will make me go to the office! Or the ER! I hate needles, but I hate headache pain way more; I could totally do a shot on myself at home. I'm really glad that they provide you with some relief!

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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kristin,
Actually, before I went to Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago where they sent me home with a script for the shots my docs here in Duluth never even brought it up that this was an option.

It has totally been a god send...as I know what you mean...it seemed like at least once a week I was running to the clinic or Urgent Care just for a shot of toradol and phenagren. It was such a hassle trying to find a ride....or wait for the nurse-on-line to call me back for an appt just to go in for a 5 second shot!!! Have you talked to your doc about the script?

BTW...I see your post was at 3:42 am.....this seems to be the time my "mental alarm clock" goes off. Do you have troubles sleeping?? This seems to be just about the time that my headaches kick in.

Looking forward to hearing from you...take good care!! :)

Krista
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   Posted 6/4/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Bon Voyage Kristin
 
I should have added that whatever comes in long contact with your skin can be a trigger and makeup is notorious.  There is almost no regulations about what goes in that stuff and no list of materials.  And there it is sitting on your skin most of the time.    You know there are medications that are applied as skin patches, so material from makeup makes it into your bloodstream.
 
So, if you changed makeups, hairspray (people breathe more of this stuff than they know), suntan lotion, whatever ---  Now would be a good time to just drop all that.    Wear a hat and skip the sun stuff just for a little while.   Simplify Simplify Simplify.
 
 
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