Kim, I'm glad that you've made a decision and that your stress level has decreased. That in itself can help with the pain. I hope your trip is wonderful, just don't make the same "Mexican vacation trip" mistake that I made. Of course I knew I had gut trouble, but I hadn't yet been Dx with Crohn's. I also new that I shouldn't drink the water unless I was in one of those larger, fancy hotels, however, it just never occurred to me that the ice in my drink was water! I spent 2 days in an LA hospital with terrible abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
I can also relate to the issues surrounding trying to determine the cause of a headache. I've had serious sinus problems which we suspect is related to the inflammation from Crohn's. The "simple" surgery to fix my sinuses was a disaster, ended with me in the hospital for a week instead of going home the same day and required 2 additional surgeries to try and fix the problems caused by the initial one. What a nightmare! I also have bad TMJ which is getting worse as my Spondylitis progresses and then there's always the possibility of tension headaches caused by stress. Of course I also have very typical migraines too, so I've got 4 possible causes behind my headaches. Now, the question becomes, how do we treat them all? For me, the answer is Fioricet.
Fioricet used to be one of the most prescribed meds for migraines but now, the literature mostly talks about
it being used for tension headaches. I've found over 25+ years that it's really good for any pain above the shoulders. Headaches - regardless of the cause, earaches, dental pain... almost anything can be relieved with this most amazing med. Now, I should probably say that an average day for me consists of at least 40mgs of Oxycontin twice with an occasional 10mg Norco in addition, so I'm not a lightweight where meds are concerned. Yet, none of the narcotics that I've ever been on have really helped much with my headaches. I really NEED to have that Fioricet. So, it might be worth talking about
this with your Doc, to see if you can find some additional relief from something other than a narcotic. Besides, even if you only ask about
it, at least you'll be showing that you are willing to consider something other than Vicodin for that problem. It would be sorta like saying that if you found a non-narcotic capable of treating the pain, you'd use it. Then you might only need the Vic for the IBS & FMS, but at least you'd not need it for the headaches.
HMMMMM. OK, it's late and now I'll shut up hoping to heaven that I didn't make a mess out of this and that you understand what I mean. ;-)
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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