I have since went to see my Primary Care Doctor. She basically said the same thing the neuro surgeon did, but in a much nicer way. Since they cannot pinpoint what the cause of my pain is, there is not much they can do. Basically I need to try and move on. She said to lower my expectations about finding the answer and getting better fast. She says I won't be in pain forever, I just need to rewire my pain receptors since they are exaggerated (not me, but the pain receptors) and I shouldn't be in as much pain as I am based on what happened. She put me on tramadol. She also asked me if there is anything I feel wasn't done that should have been done and I mentioned wearing a neck brace. She wrote me a script for it and I have to say that it has worked! I had 4 days without a headache, which has not happened in over 8 months. I took the brace off for a couple hours last night and now my head is hurting, so I have it on and won't take it off for another week or two.
It is sort of sad that there is no answer or solution to my chronic pain, but what can you do when all doctors say the same thing? I have exhausted myself financially and emotionally trying this doctor or this procedure to no avail. So maybe what the doctor said was right, get on with my life and accept the pain as it won't be there forever. Maybe with the Tramadol and neck brace is all I need anyway.
Circa: Hope that you are having a good day today. In some ways, I feel like you do. My life had come to a complete standstill until my doctor started me on pre-treating my migraines. So far, it has worked beautifully. I still don't take more of the Relpax than is recommended - I actually never take a second dose in the 24 hour period (that the manufacturer says you can) because I have found that if the first dose doesn't work, the second dose never helps at all. My neurologist says that you can take up to 14 Relpax per month and I am still under that 14. I do take either the Lortab or the Dilaudid with it and also a steroid but still am only taking what was agreed upon as a proper dose. Now, whether this is the best way to handle my migraines, I don't know. All I know is that I haven't been to the ER in 4 weeks and am still going strong. Had what I thought was a sinus headache today and it started getting pretty bad. I started not to take the migraine meds but decided to try it and within an hour, no headache. I truly believe that had I not taken then, I would now be in the ER. So......it is working so for now, I hope no one changes a thing.
As far as the Lidocaine NS, it did nothing for me. My pain is always in the very center of my head. I believe that if my pain was in the front part of my head, it would work great. I was excited to try it and still try if my head gets bad, but so far, no luck. If I were you, I would at least give it a shot.
If you ever need to chat, please type away. I never had much sympathy for people with migraines (including my brother) until I had my first last summer. I regret all the times I turned up my nose and told my brother to take some Motrin and get on with his life. Migraines are a beast all to themselves and unless you have suffered with them, you cannot understand how life-changing they can be.
Good luck and please let me know how you are doing.
Post Edited (Circa1988) : 9/6/2007 7:58:26 PM (GMT-6)