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Leo61
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   Posted 1/24/2011 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with migraines in March of 2003. They came on with no apparent cause and have continued since with varying degrees of pain. Early on I was seen by my doctor, three neurologists both civilian and V.A. They have tried all the usual migraine medications, none worked. In June of 2004 my doctor put me on vicodin and I felt great for a while, increasing the dose from 1 every four hours to 4 every four hours over a year and a half. Obviously this was something I could not continue. I found a new doctor who helped me quit the vicodin. As soon as I started decreasing the dosage, the headaches worsened dramatically. In March 2007 I was pressured to retire from the Air Force Reserves as I was unfit for duty. I could not complete the fitness test since the exercise caused the headaches to be unbearable even with the vicodin. In May of 2007 I lost my regular job as a mechanical designer, I was making constant mistakes and missing work. I have been unemployed since then, I tried to go back to work at a new job and lasted only a week. Stress and any physical activity that raises my heart rate worsens the headaches. The V.A. neurologist said I do not have migraines but chronic daily headaches. When the headaches are really bad, (a couple times a week) I do have a sensitivity to light and noise. But as a rule just the pain. Over the counter medications have no effect at all. Since losing my job and my insurance, I no longer take any medication, and have taken to drinking. I know it's also a bad idea, however it is available without a prescription, a doctor visit or insurance. I have found it easier to just stay home when the headache is worst. Lately even when the headache is not too bad. At this point I have given up on explaining to people why I don't have a job. Some of my friends have been understanding, however the more events and social gatherings I miss they seem to all be pulling away. Luckily, I have a very understanding wife.

EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 1/24/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leo,

Sorry to hear you are having such a rough run.

The best single piece of advice that I could give you, would be to get into a good civilian Headache Clinic / Center. They will be able to help you get this sorted.

Best of Luck

Leo61
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   Posted 1/24/2011 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could. I contacted Diamond headache clinic near Chicago a few years ago when I still had insurance. They told me they didn't accept insurance of any kind. They are very well regarded locally. To bad it's only for the wealthy.

Leo61
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   Posted 1/24/2011 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
EvilFluorescents said...
Hi Leo,

Sorry to hear you are having such a rough run.

The best single piece of advice that I could give you, would be to get into a good civilian Headache Clinic / Center. They will be able to help you get this sorted.

Best of Luck


Sorry for the attitude, headache is bad tonight. I am at the mercy of the V.A. as I have no insurance and a very limited income. My previous civilian doctor gave me a list of headache clinics in my area. Contact with them has been frustrating, none of them would accept insurance, and now without insurance I see no alternatives. I guess I will have another drink. No, it doesn't help the headaches, but at least it lets me sleep.

EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 1/24/2011 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Diamond is regarded well nationally and internationally. But they don't take any insurance at all? That's really rough.

Do they have headache centers within the V.A.? It may be worth checking into MHNI and Diamond (again) and seeing if they take on any patients pro bono. You've got nothing to loose. With chronic illness like migraine or CDH, we have to be our own biggest advocates. Often it is the only way that we get better.

I know it's rough, but if you can get yourself out of the house do it. Force yourself if you have to. Just go for a walk in the park. Depression... it's a killer.

Can you list the drugs that you've tried (and supplements). There are A LOT for migraine.

EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 1/24/2011 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   
No, I didn't take it as attitude at all.

Drinks can make migraine worse. It's probably not the best way to go. It may help you get to sleep but usually screws with your sleep quality.

I hope you feel better soon.
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