I will try not to ramble...please bare with me. I am a 36 year old female. January 08 I woke up to an excruciating headache...for the first time in my life NOTHING helped. I ended up in the ER and was hospitalized with every test under the sun ordered for me. All...negative...which was good....but as you all know....not SO good...as nothing to diagnose...nothing to help treat!
At any rate I have tried every triptan, anti-depressant, anti-convulsive, muscle relaxer, and pain med under the sun (yes also imitrex, maxalt, and the new imitrex with naproxen...also went to the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago last September and was hospitalized with a DHE45 IV for 5 days...this helped then...but unfortunately when I returned the headaches found their way back into my head.
When these first started I was a medicated-zombie....little did I know after being out of work on Short Term Dis. for so long they replaced me and I then became unemployed as well.... But quite frankly, when you feel like hell, losing a job at the time was o.k....as the stress with trying to get better so I could get back to work I think was a HUGE trigger for my headaches.
At any rate, here I am a year and a half later trying to rebuild my life ....rebuild my energy...while still having chronic daily headaches. To date I am on 40 mg of celexa in the morn and 25 mg of amitryptiline at bedtime. My doc now just ordered flexeril to try to see if these will tamper down these daily headaches. I am all too familiar with rebound headaches...and I am not over-doing it on OTC meds at all. What I'm wondering is has anyone else experienced these daily chronic headaches? If so, what has helped you? Any glimmer of hope or experience on the subject would be GREATLY appreciated. I like so many of you in this chat room just want one thing in life....and that is to get MY LIFE BACK!!