Post Edited (spavlich) : 12/18/2007 12:04:29 PM (GMT-7)
Thanks again Ben - you are extremely knowledgable and quite a find!!!
I don't have any other questions at the present, but I'd love to hear from some people who have had success with in-patient therapy. I looked around at the posts and couldn't find any. This is part of my reluctance.
I do little other than think about the impending hospitalization, so I'm sure to come up with additional questions. Again, thank you so very much!
I just wanted to throw my two cents in here really quickly if you don't mind. I have had terrible migraines for years...and several time I have been referred to Jeff and the Diamond Headache Clinic and on multiple occasions my insurance will not pay and that is the ONLY REASON I have not been to either.
I really (opinion only) think it is a good idea to go, with an open mind and try to see what they can do to improve your quality of life. Now, if the big hesitation is for example nerve blocks, I would just explain the situation and strongly suggest that not be approached again (at least immediately- since it left such a "bad taste")
If you were happy and totally healthy you wouldn't be here, and you would even be having this conversation...so handle your affairs at home so that you can focus on having a better, healthier and happier you when you get home!
Good Luck and please keep us Posted!
Ben-Awesome posts! Thanks for the info...for all of us!
dear spavlich just wondering how your stay at thomas jefferson was. i have been admitted there 3 times, with no results. i was with dr avi a-s-h-k-e-n-e-z-i for 9 months. i have cervical headaches. constant headaches from morning till i go to sleep. feels like a vice grip around my head, my face and nose feel freezing cold. the top of my head hurts so much that i cant even touch my scalp or hair. i have had headaches for almost 2 years now. i live in lyndhurst,new jersey. they tried everything on me. nothing helped. my last time in the hosp they told me that if i go back to taking pain meds, that they would not treat me any longer. i never went back to thomas jefferson because i did have to go back to taking pain meds. got them from my primary doctor. i am in columbia pres headache center in nyc for about 2 months now. we are waiting for botox to get approved. thats one thing we havent tried. i am just praying this might help. i am 22 yrs old and i do not want to live anymore. i am out of work and had to put school on hold. i feel like i am going insane. if i dont get anywhere with columbia, i know there are 2 more headaches by me. they are montifiore in the bronx, and lenox hill in nyc.
let me know how you made out hope you are feeling better
hey ben its ashley i know you left thomas jefferson. where have you gone now?
hi spavlich its ashley i was admitted to thomas jefferson three times. first time thorizine drip for three. went home did nothing. second time for two weeks lidocaine drip benedryl, and depacon drip. has to get off percocet also. pain level got down to a 3. went home next day back again. third stay same drips. evengave dhe. got down to a level of 3 again. went home same outcome. i have what you call cervical headaches. they are 24 hrs a day. i no longer go to tj. i am now in columbia in nyc. waiting for botex to be approved. now on morphine and percocet. but getting used to the dosage already. if i get no where with columbia i will be off to montifiore headache in the bronx. i live in n.j. where do you live. look at the montifiore web site. dr grosberg is the one i would see. look at what is interest are. but then again they all look great.
dear spavlich its ashley again. i forgot to ask you, you didn't say what thomas jefferson gove you while you were in the hospital for that week.
hi spavlich thomas jefferson always say its rebound headaches because of pain meds. like you said even when they take you off it the headaches come back. i really dont know what they expect you to do when the pain gets that bad. i wish they would get these headaches 24/7 and i would like to see how they deal with it. they really piss me off . hope you feel better. they never did the lidocaine drip when you were in the hospital? let me know
Sorry to hear your having such a rough time! Oh and if it helps, the massage therapist I saw said that normally that muscle is one of the easiest ones to "make happy" again and normally stops bugging you.. unless your me of course because my neck is relentless...Good Luck! and hey if it even helps a small amount, it's worth it!