My new pain specialist has already started with the Greater Occipital Nerve Blocks. I got a round of three shots, one to the right of center in the back of my head, on the bump/edge of the skull behind my right ear, and one directly above the inner edge of my right eye brow. They hurt like a BIG DOG 'cuz the shot was going right into the nerve and the end of the needle was hitting my actual skull bone. I have another round on December 1st. The pain doctor referred me to a Neurologist there at U of VA Medical Center.
I had seen one there about two years ago, but I was given a standard neurological physical by a med student, who knew squat about migraines. He was being supervised by a neurologist, but they didn't give me much attention regarding my migraines. I was put on Topamax then, which was the beginning of a major disaster. This time I requested a specific doctor, who specializes in Migraines. I'm just waiting on them to call me with an appointment date. I really am exited about seeing someone that might really know what to do to improve my situation.
I ended up in the ER this morning at 5am, and it was insane in there. about 6 am, the TV closest to me got really loud, with some redneck hollering Evangelist preaching like it was a revival. I went to the nurse and told her if I couldn't get it turned down, I was going to rip the cables out of the ceiling. And I wasn't kidding, the pain from noise was excruciating, and the subject matter was making me violently angry. My pain level was almost at a ten out of ten. If I get to that point, I get violent.
It was really busy and they were short staffed. As soon as the Urgent Care opened, I was the first patient taken back. For once, I got a decent doctor who really got me, since she gets migraines too. I got a decent pain shot, and went home and got some sleep.
Looking forward to some decent help.