I'm a 25 year old female, and I'm having daily headaches. It's been this way for about 3 months now, and I'm really beginning to lose hope (there was no trauma to any part of me). I've been to my GP and he was zero help. He gave me fiorcet, which does not help. I went back again and requested bloodwork and a CT scan, all of which came back normal the pain is so bad I was literally praying for something to show up). I've been to a nuerologist who perscribed depakote which made me too out of it to work. When I told him that he told me I should "Get over it" and just take it anyway. Since losing my job isn't an option (as it provides my insurance), I had to stop. I wasn't on it long enough to know if it would help or not.
I've suffered from depression for more than a decade now and I'm disipramine and mirtazipine to control it (both of which I've been on for a couple years now, with no recent dosage changes). I also use depo-provera as my birth control (which I have been on for 2 years now). The only recent medical oddity is that my blood pressure is low (90/50), and that's just when the doctors can actually get a reading, which they usually can't (and we're talking everyone in office tries and can't get it. Not from my upper arm, lower arm, thigh, calf... I doubt this has any significance but I'm grasping at anything). I am overweight too, if that matters.
The headaches usually start around the same time each day, around mid-morning. Generally, I have a sharp drop in energy and then it starts. I've kept a food journal, a headache log... I've varied everything but the headaches still happen. Some days it's already started when I get up.
The pain is constant, with severe pressure behind my eyes (it usually starts behind my right eye, but feels like it spreads to both sides). Sometimes it's not so bad, and sometimes it's so severe I feel like my head will explode. While the severity changes, the frequency never does. I haven't had a pain free day in months. No medication (OTC) has helped. I generally take half of a muscle relaxer after work (Tizanidine), which helps relax me. It does not, however, get rid of the headache (which seems to improve in the evening).
I'm starting to run out of hope. I've been put on topamax and it didn't help. None of the abortive medicines have worked (including triptans). I've tried B vitamins, magnesium, no caffeine, extra caffeine... I've gotten my eyes checked. I had bi-lateral ocipital lobe injections. I've tried NSAIDS, asprin, tylenol... I'm already on an anti-depressant that is used for chronic pain... I don't know what to do. It's really starting to ruin my life and I don't feel like anyone around me understands how horrible it is.
I have an appointment with a headache specialist this coming week, and I’m trying to hopeful about it. However, I haven’t been able to work a lot recently and I think I will need short term disability until a treatment begins to work. Is that a normal type of request for these kinds of doctors? I’ve never had to ask before and I’m afraid she will think I’m just there to “get” the disability if I ask for it the first time I see her. What do you think? Is it a reasonable request? I’m afraid of losing my job (and my insurance) and I’ve now used all of my sick days and half of my vacation days because of this.
Please, if anyone can help me figure out what this is from or what I can do, I would be beyond grateful. I just need an answer.