Hello dear headache sufferers!! My headaches started ten years ago. No trauma. Just temporal headahces that started just like that and have never gone away. I was diagnosed with TMJ and had appliance after appliance and then braces. In that time my headaches were off the wall. I was off work for a year and a half. I am a paediatric nurse. The only med that worked then was Methadone and I had tried everything. Got better in 2005 only having pain here and there. During this time I had also seen tons of dr , tried many meds and tried many forms of treatment. I got back to work. Then in sept 2007 the headaches came back and just got worse and worse. I started seeing all the different doctors again, all the treatments possible, a natural pain relief clinic, all the meds. And this time i knew what it involved going on opiates and coming off of them. I am off work again since Oct 2008. Once again nothing is working. the Orthodontist has tried four different appliances and non help. i think i will be getting braces again soon to correct my bite once again. Dr. don't know what to do. My pain dr. has nothing else he can do to help me. I have tried botox twice, nerve blocks. i am on oxycodone prn and try to keep it to one tab early afternoon and two at night. Other meds are cymbalta and seroquel for sleeping. i take magnesuim, this is good for the muscles to relax, vit D, most people in chronic pain have a low vit. D and mine was certainly low, nutra sea, your fish oils., and vit B12. My pain continues to be 10/10, 24/7. I struggle thru my days but am trying to accept, bit by bit, that this is the way it may be. My faith helps me thru my dark days. I rest a lot with ice on head. It's the only thing that will help me. I live in Ottawa, Ont. and am trying to find out if some of the procedures done in the states are available here, such as the iv infusions of ketamine and lidocaine, the radiofrequency ablation, and the stimulator. CATAHOULA, could you give me more info on your stimulator. I am also wondering if that would help my kind of headache. They are always the same, always bilateral temporal and feel like pressure.
Well that's a start for now. I am sorry for all of you suffering with horrible headaches. It has certainly taken my life away from me and i need to learn to get my life back. Ask me any questions or share more of your info if it may help any of us that is suffering. There is also a migraine/headache forum here at HW so check it out. You may get some info there.
Blessings to all and low pain day vibes to everyone!!!