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timur
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   Posted 3/3/2006 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I just came back from my neurologist a little upset. i told him about the headaches im getting which are of tension type and constantly there, its very rare if i get any relief from them. He told me that there arent any treatment options as ive tried most standard pain killers (ie syndol, paracetomol, coproxomal etc) and  just told me to increase my dose of amitriptyline again! which i doubt is going to give me any relief. I got the impression that he didnt seem to know the different medical options because i asked him and didnt get much of a reply. he also referred me to a psychiatrist which i am very reluctant to go to. can anyone give me some advice here on what to do? any suggestion would be much appreciated. thank you

Annuk
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   Posted 3/3/2006 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi timur, sorry you didn't get the support you needed. I am on Amitriptyline too and have just had my dose raised again after a visit with my GP - I am still waiting to see a Neuro who is a Headache Specialist! Since I have been on Amitriptyline my state of anxiety has been considerably lowered and am beginning to think that I have an anxiety disorder which triggers my Migraines as well as tension headaches. I have got to the point I am so desperate to get some relief I will do anything and see anyone including Psychiartist, Psychologist.

The trouble is with me that I didn't realise I had an anxiety problem again until last summer when even the excitement of going on holiday gave me soooooo many migraines! Up to now I haven't want ed to see a Psyche or anything like that but I am beginning to think that this is going to be the way forward for me as I too have had all the preventatives and painkillers I can have. Or maybe I just have to see this specialist and for him to find the right mixture of drugs to suit my situation or maybe both. Maybe it would be quite a good idea to see the Psyche for you even if only to rule it out that you might need them. I wish you all the best, take care Ann.

timur
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   Posted 3/3/2006 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply Ann. The amitriptyline has sure practically gotten rid of any anxiety and depression ive had. I think I should try too find a headache specialist too. I went to the neurologist quite confident that he would have some sort of treatment option and when he said he had none it took me by surprise. i thought he would have knowledge of most of the medications used for headaches cause im sure there are many more medications that i havent tried for treating tension headahces

tysmyboo
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   Posted 3/3/2006 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Timur,

There are MANY medications and combinations of medications to try for headaches whether they are tension, migraines, clusters or any combination of those (much less abdominal migraines, mixed migraines, chronic daily headaches, basilar artilery migraines, hemiplegic etc)

It is good to give a medication ample opportunity to work and increase the dosage to see if that will work, but there is also a point to where you will need to get a second opinion and FIRE YOUR DOCTOR if they are not doing enough for you. Also, do research on your own...learn enough about the options available for you so you can make educated suggestions for yourself regarding treatment options and if the doctor is not open to that...walk. You pay for them, they are there to help you and you have to take and live with whatever treatment is AGREED upon. Just remember that.

I had a doctor who kept me on the same thing forever and it did nothing...that was no help...I also had one who shoved every pill in my face and several at a time,  and switched them so often I had no idea what worked and what didn't. The medications didn't even have time to work...so see, neither of these were good options....There has to be a "happy medium" Where you try one and stay on it long enough to see if it works and taper off if it doesn't and then move to the next...trying one at a time so you know what works and what doesn't. I always suggest to write everything down so you don't have to try and remember it all later.

 

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Twiggy2
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   Posted 3/4/2006 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi it's Twiggy2 i have been experincing chronic migraine pain almost every day. I am on 10mgs of cipralex in the morning and i have been taking 25 to 50mgs of ami as well for the most it does ok but the migraine pain is still present. I see my doc on tues and am going to ask him to send me for a brain scan so as we can better figure out what could be causing them as sometimes they have been very intense. Can anyone relate which im sure somebody can anyway hope that everyone is well and if someone has any good suggestions thanks Twiggy2

timur
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   Posted 3/5/2006 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
hey twiggy, my neurologist diagnosed me as having 'transformed migraine'. i started off getting migraines usually lasting a few hours and not occuring daily but over time they started becomnig much more frequent until to the point that I got a constant pulsating throbbing nearly all the time. Now they have turned into chronic daily headaches having a mixture of migraine and tension headaches (more tension). I am now looking into a preventive device called an NTI Tension Suppression System which ive heard has been quite successful in treating chronic headache. I havent tried it out yet for myself so i cant promise it will work but it is a dental device which is easy enough to get  and would be worn when you go to sleep, so it seems to be worth trying out. You can find out more about this from the website : www.headacheprevention.com
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