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CRANKY 1
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   Posted 12/15/2006 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,

I just had the worst ER experiences imaginable (almost). I got a hit with a nasty migraine about 5pm last night. I tried to fight it off, but since my PCP cut off all my meds it's pretty hard to do. I've been doing some better with avoiding rebound, and I'm working on quitting smoking.  Not to mention that my TMJ is still acting up and I have so much stuff to do to get ready for Christmas.  I also adopted a new kitten (I should have had my head examined), and when I picked him up the next day, he had developed an eye infection.  If I didn't take him, he would have been put to sleep, so I kept him.  I put medicine in his eyes for the week, then took him to the vet.  Xander also gave another of one of my cats the sneezes.  So now I have two sick kitties on antibiotics, and my Dad is really hacked off that I got the third cat.  I was so totally stressed out.
 
Anyway, about 10:50pm, My Dad took me to the ER. The place was practically standing room only. Apparently, the Urgent Care side had been closed all day because they didn't have any doctors to cover that side. I waited six hours before I got moved to the back into the ER. They opened up the Urgent Care about midnight. Once I got in the back, it was another hour to see the doctor, and then another half hour waiting to make sure I didn't have any side effects from the pain shot.  Thank God he saw fit to treat me with something that would work, 'cuz I really wasn't in the mood to fight with the doctors that don't think that narcotics should be used for migraines.  He gave me a shot of Dilauded and Phenergan, which is my shot of choice.  It works every time.
 
I was so miserable, especially with my TMJ acting up.  I felt even worse for my Dad, who decided to stay with me.  I tried to send him home when I got there, but he wan't having any of it.  We were both exhausted, and finally got home after 7am.  We weren't worth crap all day.  I haven't gotten a productive thing done all day.  I don't how I'm going to make it until I see my new neurologist in March.  Next week I'm supposed to get the rest of my dental work done. Maybe that will help.  Then my TMJ won't be as bad.

Send me good thoughts,
Leigh Ann cool

"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett


hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/15/2006 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Leigh Ann, I am so sorry that you had to go through this. God bless your DAD for supporting you through your crises. What is the deal with not being able to see the neurologist until March? I'm sending you good thoughts and prayers.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen."
 
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Mandalynn210
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   Posted 12/18/2006 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Leigh Ann,

I'm sorry I'm writing so late, but I'm also sorry to hear about your horrible night! I know I can feel for you! Sounds like your dad is a lot like mine. And you're a lot like me (an animal person) I was just wondering any background on you... if you want to tell me your whole story you can. Tell me what you do, how old you are, how old you were when diagnosed, family history... certain things.

I hope things are going better for you, but it sounds like you need someone to vent to. I do too, haha. Its getting kind of old talking to people who either don't have migraines anymore or never have... including the animals :)

Lets hear some good news soon, k?

Mandy

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 12/18/2006 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Mandy,

Thanks for your support!!! tongue    It's good to share our problems with people that understand.  I'm 41, divorced (ex-husband had Aspberger's Syndrome - made me nuts), and I'm living back in my hometown.  I moved from owning a four bedroom house to renting a two bedroom townhouse.  I have so much Christmas stuff to put up and no place to put it.  I even swiped my Ex's vintage silver aluminum tree and have no place to set it up.  Really bums me out.  Of course, that lunkhead probably hasn't even realized it's gone, and we've been divorced for five years.  DUH!!! 

I can't work due to chronic migraine attacks, a bad back, bad knees, serious TMJ, and long-term depression, panic and anxiety disorder.  Needless to say, I'm on Long Term Disability.  I had no problems with Social Security, and was approved on the first try.  I snowed them with medical documentation.

I first got migraine attacks when I was about eight, but they weren't officially diagnosed until I was thirteen.  Luckily, my doctor is still in practice, and still had my records back to 1978.  Neither of my parents or my sister have migraines, but my maternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother both had migraines, so its in the genes.  I've been through every medication known to mankind, preventatives, abortives, and emergency/breakthrough medications.  Some have worked for a while, then stopped, some never worked at all, and some made me violently ill.  It got to the point that only narcotic mediations would abort or stop my pain. 

Around these parts, very few doctors are willing to prescribe narcotics for this type of problem.  My current doctors quit prescribing my meds, cold turkey, and instead of being referred to a "pain clinic" like I was told, it turned out to be a "detox facility".  By the time the detox place got my records, I was already detoxed the hard way and the head physician refused to return my calls anymore.

Now I am waiting to see a Neurologist, specializing in Migraines, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.  The earliest referral appointment was March 7th.  Hope I make it that long.

In the meantime, I'll just hang out here with my three cats, Spike(F) 4yrs old, Jinx(M) 1yr old, and my new baby, Xander(F) who is only about 4mths old.  I just adopted Xander from a shelter, but couldn't pick him up until the next day.  He got an eye infection overnight, so I've been treating it for three weeks now.  Xander started sneezing so I took him to the vet, and had passed the virus onto Jinx, who was sneezing too.  When my Dad found out about the baby kitty, he insisted I take it back, saying I didn't need another cat.  I told him I couldn't then or he would be put to sleep, instead of making the other cats sick.  That bought me enough time to bond, and a good reason not to take him back.  OH, well, off topic.

Well, I've run on at the mouth again.  Let me know if you have anymore questions.

THANKS,

Leigh Ann cool


"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett


Mandalynn210
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   Posted 12/19/2006 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, sounds like you have your hands full with the kitties :) I got my cat, Lexie at the Humane Society here when she was about 2 years old. I was a lonely college student at the time and NEEDED her :) Now I find myself wanting more. Since we got our puppy, Oakley, he's a boxer... we've had 3 other dogs at the house. There was a stray running around that was very well taken care of and it took the city at least 7 hours to come pick her up, but now I wish we'd have kept her, she was awesome. They played the WHOLE time. Then I had a pomeranian that I took in because she was sick but ended up finding a lump on her belly and she had no teeth!!! Plus she was only 4 years old but did NOT want to play with Oakley. (He was about 4 months at the time) Then we got an 11 month old Lab that we had found in the paper for free that was about to be taken to the Humane Society... I hate to see animals taken there so we took her in. Well, she didn't play either! Oakley is so full of energy, he outplays the other kids. Oh, she also DESPISED my cat, and took over the house. So we found her a perfect home, didn't let her go to the shelter at least!!!

Anyway, enough about animals... thats our history. I'm not working right now since starting the Topamax I quit my job. It got too hectic and I started making too many mistakes and getting treated like crap. So good week to be off before christmas. By the way, LOVE the vintage silver tree. Hopefully my boyfriend's step-mother will let us have hers, she has the multi-changing light and everything!!! Sounds also like you're in as small of a house as we are... about 816 sq. ft. with a soon-to-be 75lb Boxer and a cat :) Oh well, its cozy.

So how did you get disability? How does that work? I don't think I'm that bad off, I just think the cognitive problems with Topamax and the whole migraine probs in general deserved a little time-off of thinking. I'm just afraid if I do happen to need disability some day... I wouldn't know how to even go about it!

Anyway... hope things are going better for Xander and the other kitties. I know how it is. One of my cats I had back at my parents' house swallowed one of my hair ties and it got stuck you know where... definitely cost $300 to get outta there. Ouch. Gotta love them!

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 12/27/2006 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Mandalynn210,

Things aren't quite so bad with my migraines.  I've been having horrible TMJ and had been going to a really bad dentist.  My teeth basically disintegrated while I was on Depakote, due to dry mouth.  Nobody bothered to warn me of the consequences of dry mouth.

Anyway, after a year of getting nowhere and $4000 gone, I finally got a recommendation from a family friend.  He hooked me up with his best friend who is a fantastic dentist.  He did a thorough exam, with x-rays, and basically said almost all my teeth needed work. My new dentist, DR. Howard, said he would do all the work in four visits.  I'm halfway through, my TMJ is better since Dr. Howard doesn't use a clamp to keep your jaw open the whole time.  I think the TMJ was a big trigger for my migraines, so I haven't had as many.  So far I have had three molars pulled, and all got dry sockets...two last week.  I had to call him at home Christmas Eve for some pain meds, and he volunteered to meet me Christmas Day at the office to pack the sockets with medication.  I told him I wouldn't mess up his Christmas, so we did it the next day.  Needless to say, I didn't get to enjoy most of the Christmas goodies or dinner. Bummer.  I see him again tomorrow for packing the sockets again.  I don't go back for more treatment for a month to let my TMJ settle down.  Geez, I just love this guy!

As my kitties go, my new baby, Xander is solid black and a wild child.  When I picked him up, he was sick.  He also got my middle kitty, JINX, sick, so I had to keep Xander quaranteened.  Well, this morning he go the all clear, and will get his front paws declawed on 1/4/07.  I can't wait because I'm really allergic to his nail scratches.  It was such a trip when he got out because he now rules the roost.  He flies all over the house, wrestles with JINX, and shows no feed of my big cat Spike.  I can tell he's going to be fun but a handful, but there's no way I can take him back now.  Too attached.  Now, I have to break the news to my parents who are going to have a fit.  My dad knows about him, but keeps making comments about taking him back.  No can do, need my new baby.

Let me know how you are doing,

Leigh Ann cool


"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett

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