Hi everyone,,, Im new to this so dont know where to begin.......
I have for the last year been suffering with (nearly) daily headaches. I have had a scan, mri, blood test and a bp machine on for 24 hrs 3 times! All tests have come back clear - thankfully apart from the bp which was a little high but I now take Ramapril for this.
My GP is really good and quite knowledgable on head "things" and he was the first to mention chronic daily headaches to me. I waited 6 weeks for an appointment to see the neurologist and was in and out within about 10 mins I think.
I told him that I had tried two set of meds from the Triptan family but they didnt help the headache and made me feel weird with pin and needles to my hands and feet! He said that I do NOT suffer from migraine. That I suffer from chronic daily headache. Whilst he didnt really give me much time the fact that the professional has confirmed the condition I feel that its now legit. Not something in my head (so to speak).
I am to continue to take Amitriptalyn, currently on 20mg per night and he would like this increased!!!
Now I dont know about anyone else but I really struggle with this med! I can not wake up in the mornings. On days where Im not working I normally fall back off to sleep an hour or two after getting up!!! When Im working I try to push it to one side but, like last night, I was in bed for 8.30, asleep before 9 and didnt get up till 9.30 the next morning!
I'm really trying to be determind to not let this take over my life like I feel it can and has. It has taken me over a year to find new employment after being made redundant and thankfully Im only working 3 days a week. Any more and Im scared I wont be able to cope??
When I have a bad day or two in a row, I find out siders dont understand. My partner and my daughter are excellent. Friends who because of how I feel quite often have not been seen as often kind of look and speak to you like its an excuse. Like it "just a headache"
Any words of wisdom on how to cope. Taking the meds. Living with this condition. A light at the end of the tunnel would be greatly received.
All the best,