I had the botox injections in my neck and forehead. It did not work at all. In fact it hurt my neck so bad I couldn't move for days. I finally went to my chiropractor and she massaged me for a good half hour and then had my husband do the same that night. I went back for three days in a row until I was finally unknotted. What happened was my neck went into spasms and hurt so bad. I still had migraines too.
I am never depressed unless I am having a migraine. I don't know if it's the meds or the pain itself, but when I am pain free I am the happiest person I know. I am out and about, smiling, laughing, joking and cutting up. Enjoying life to the fullest. Today when I woke with one I just felt sad knowing how the rest of the day I was going to feel. And yep.. Sure enough. I've been down in the dumps, but hanging in there. The pain is still here but it's not bad. I am going to get outside and walk my dog in awhile. Since my head is no longer pounding the exercise will probably help. Need all those happy endorphins I can produce. Take care and I hope everyone is having a pain free day.
I've been on Cymbalta for 5 months for Occipital Neuralgia. I still have a headache and different head pains (it hasn't left since Nov. 1) but it's usually very manageable now. I can't imagine living without Cymbalta now! My main side effect is not being able to sleep at night, but I take a muscle relaxer every night (Flexeril) and that allows me to sleep well, and also helps with the pain.
I have one symptom that I haven't figured out yet - my nose sometimes gets ice cold and slightly numb. This can happen even when the rest of me is hot. I don't know if this is a result of the Cymbalta or the occipital nerve. Anyone else have this?
Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 9/13/2009 11:23:05 AM (GMT-6)
I have suffered from horrible migraines for almost 2 years since I lost 2 pregnancies within a few months of each other. I was getting them every other day - incredibly sensitive to light. I've tried everything except the botox shots. Started keeping a journal of when and intensity. Obvious they were hormone related & tied to my cycle. Went to the 'best' migraine DR did frova, immitrex, topamax and many others. Going through this for so long and my hormones being out of whack I found a psychiatrist who worked with me to get to the medications that worked best.
IMPORTANT: not only does Topamax have long term issues it can also null and void your birth control. Since I had taken it for a year with the amount being bumped until I was at 200, a kind nurse finally told me about the B/C thing and I said forget it as it didn't bring any serious benefit.
My psych finally suggested that we try Cymbalta... I started at 15 or 30 for 2 weeks, then 60 for 3 weeks, then 90 from there. OMG!!! AMAZING DIFFERENCE. I think the ramp up helped cause I didn't see any change until I got to 60. It does not stop them entirely - however it does significantly reduce the intensity and frequency. This month I have only had one and it only lasted for 4 hours - AMAZING.
Nice bonus - it's a light appetite suppressant so I've lost a few pounds over the months - changing nothing. Meds are different for everyone but with the ramp-up, worth trying.