Thanks, Ann, for the "heads up" regarding the separation in paragraphs. I was experiencing a problem with the Healing Well Site, my computer kept locking up and had to get out and start over several times. I was so excited to find Healing Well, I just typed as fast as I could, afraid I'd lose it all again...therefore not inserting my usual paragraphs. I apologize for that. Today my computer is doing fine.
And yes, I would like to see a Neurologist even after so many years. My "new" doctor doesn't seem to think it is necessary and my insurance company will only act upon referrals.
I'm almost sure I'm having "rebound" headaches from the pain meds I take but when I start to get myself off the meds...it seems invariably, a stressful situation arises and I end up with another migraine, and so the meds again. By the way, this is the only medication I take.
I have taken pretty good care of myself over the years, even while raising a family, being employed and being a caregiver to many older family members and friends until their deaths, I loved them all so much. After retiring 5 years ago, I still snow ski, and keep up with my children's and grandchildren's activities, as well as my husband of 46 years. We have been a very active family over the years. I could not have done this without pain medication for the migraines.
I need to use my relaxation methods on a regular basis but time does not permit most of the time....and without the headache pills the headache doesn't go away without sleep anyway. I suffered for so many years without ANY aids whatsoever, that finally when offered by a doctor, it was such a relief to take a pill and it was gone! I will never forget the first day that happened, I laughed and cried...in complete disbelief! I got a life after that day, 39 years ago.
After having these headaches for so many years I realize I need to make some new changes in my life once again. The doctor I had for 40 years often said to make changes when feasible, or get a change in "scenery" once in a while...this helped a great deal....even if just a walk around the block!
Also, I think a lot of my headaches are psyco-somatic, due in part to my childhood. I could use a good therapy group but have experienced only drug addiction/alcohol related groups. I will continue to search for one in my area...or I may even have to get one initiated.
In regards to pulling off the meds, the direction my "new" doctor gave me was to take a "pain pill" in the morning and Ibuprophen after that if needed. I told him that Ibuprophen only made the headache worse, he had no answer. I also told him I take medicine only when I need it!!!!!
As I said, I was on another WebSite for addictions and finally realized I did not fall into that category. I didn't know about this Healing Well Site, just happened on to it and this information was/is a God send to me. Until you hear of other's experiencing your ills, you think you are the only one. It is amazing what I have learned here and the similarities of conditions.
I am sorry for the lengthy reply but after so many years it feels wonderful to write to someone that understands the pain of a migraine! I will continue to read and learn, I'm sure it will help me to overcome some of my headaches, among other things. Maybe I can even be of some help to someone, but with a much shorter reply!!
Thank you again for your response, Ann, Bless You.
Just wanted to say hello and welcome! I don't have a whole lot of input on the narcotic pain medications--I have been on them for breif periods of time, but at this time only take non-narcotics and preventative type medications. Hopefully, these will be enough for me...
From reading posts and hearing everyone's stories our conditions are so indivualized and we all need different courses of treatment that work for us--whatever that may be!!! Sounds like you have a good idea of your plan of action...
Thanks, Leigh Ann and Mommyto3,
Gee, I haven't had this much attention in a long time!!! LOL
(And have patience with me, I'm learning about this Site!)
I think I can get a hold on this thing and cut back gradually. At least I know now that I'm not so addicted that I can't get off. Guess I've been depressed along with everything else and that more than likely is a reason for the increase in migraines too. My "new" doctor wanted to give me meds for depression but I told him I'd rather not. Don't like taking meds if I can work it out myself.
And there are so many things to take advantage of in life now-a-days, no one should have to go through depression. It's needing that little push....I just got off track. I have to direct my own way now, whereas I had so many to do for (before they all died) that I was kept pretty busy, actually on "over-load" most of the time. Now I have to find "busy" again..it will come.
My dear friend/soul mate used to be my "shrink" and me, hers....that I miss! It is so good to have a good, close friend who overlooks all your idiocyncracies (sp), gosh, I miss her something awful. I think this is the most I've "talked" in 2 years...since her death. HealingWell is great, even just to read.....I love it!!! You all have been an inspiration to me...and I sure do THANK YOU!!!
Also, someone in HealingWell wrote that orange juice is a trigger!!! I had never heard of that...I have had orange juice every day of my life!!! AND I love it! ...but will "try" not drinking it, just to see if that could be one of MY triggers! I love oranges....have my own orange tree to boot!
I do wish you luck in finding the right meds to take just for you, Leigh Ann. I think if doctors would do follow-up on their patients or have the patient "report in" regarding the meds prescribed, there would be less abuse! I was worried I was taking mine too often, my doctor wasn't that concerned but he did listen to MY concerns. Now after reading all I have here I think my usage is minimal. If your doctor would monitor you and have you check in, I'm sure your narcotic wouldn't get out of control.
I was on a Drug Addiction Site before this one and some were taking up to 30+ a day! And I was catagorizing myself with them.....!?! If I take 5 a week I think that is too many! Poor kids....I feel for them. If I was able....I would help each and every one of them to over come their addictions.
Thanks again......to you both!
I appreciate all input, sure do thank you. I have pulled back from the opiate I am on, down to 5 a week with no real stong headaches. I have followed my doctors recommendations taking one pill each morning and getting through for 24 hours. One day I had to take another but got back to one a day, then skipping a couple of days without "any"! This is going to work for me, and eventually I will be off....only using with severe headaches! I was using them for tension headaches also but will try to get relief another way before being too quick to reach for the opiate.
To help any others: When I was young (8 years old) there was no medical relief, except for "Salito's"... do any of you remember those? (Probably only the older ones out there.) I know that goes way back but they were little pink pills for children's headaches. Of course they never touched my "sick headaches" and we had never heard of the word "migraine."
Since we had no explanations and no information regarding headaches, my mother and dad had to resort to home remedies. They were "vomiting" headaches as I sometimes called them. To start off...my mother would give me a teaspoon of baking soda in a small glass of tepid water which would either make me throw up or it would settle my stomach and I could go to sleep, thus the headache would usually be gone by the time I woke up.
They also would put me in a quiet dark room, having the house in complete silence; put a cold washcloth on my forehead and over the eye that was paining me so severely. They changed these cold cloths continually and would very gently rub my arms and legs until I completely and totally was relaxed!!! When they saw that I was finally drifting off to sleep, they would leave the room and keep the entire house quiet, taking the phone off the hook and making my brother stay quiet..no radio (we didn't have TV's) and you could have heard a pin drop. After sleeping about 2 hours or so, I would wake up and almost always the headache would be gone. My mother and dad were saints....I miss them so much, they were very sympathetic to my pain, they were my angels. One time my mother even put my head in between her hands and squeezed hard until my head cracked....it relieved the pain. She did that when the headache was really, really severe.
Over the years, I've tried to do the quiet thing but life today just doesn't happen like it used to...not too many respect anyone enough to have a quiet home! My husband doesn't even understand...after being married to him for 46 years, he has only had 2 headaches in his lifetime!!! So I have had to resort to medicating myself to keep up with him, my children and grandchildren, have taken medication since I was 28.
This family comes from a history of migraines, myy daughter, (the 4th generation) and 2 of my grand-girls (5th generation)get migraines. The oldest girl (16) just started on Fiorinal...the only thing that helps her. I've explained to them that if they can't do the "natural" thing in getting rid of it, then resorting to pain killers will not hurt them as long as they aren't used regularly.
My daughter's pediatritian started her on what they called Fiorinal #2 when she was 11, they don't make that any longer so now she takes Tylenol #3, she still isn't hooked and she is 45. She fights the migraines as much as she can without painkillers....and she does well. Usually it is not eating that will bring on her headaches, she is just too busy to take the time to eat...a way of life today. Stress also can bring them on. We all have had all the MRI's, CAT SCANS, BRAIN SCANS to rule out any tumors, et al.
Also we find that massages help, so we all massage each other or go somewhere for a massage.
I'm retired now...and still cannot relax like I'd like to, relaxation still does help me when I have a headache. If your life style is an active one then you will have stress. Tenseness puts stress on the body's nerves, nerves cause arteries to tighten unbelievably and can cut off blood supply to the head, among other places in the body. After ruling out all medical x-rays, you might try the relaxation methods with massage if possible....and never forget, what works for one won't always work for another.
The body is a very complex organ and it will never be perfect. We all have to learn to cope after having full extent of tests needed, sometimes the homeopathic way is the best bet.
Sorry I'm so long winded, just always have a lot in my mind I want to share.
Good luck to eveyone.
Migraines/Use Fiorinal/Fioricet, as needed; sciatica/TENS Unit; 2 herniated discs, T11/L7