Ok, so I'm obviously very new to this forum. I'm not even a lurker. Im just getting tired of dealing with these headaches! Thought maybe I would try my hand at a medical forum. I'll try my best to describe my problem. Though I must admit, that after reading over similar topics, my headaches pale in comparison. I mean, a poster talking about
a 7 year long headache!?!? Anyway, I'm 29, no medical conditions. (that I'm aware of) I do, however, have bad posture and never excercise. I used exercise religiously. I eat semi healthy. Well, not really. I eat veggies but I also eat a lot of greasy food. (a lot) I used to drink and smoke cigerettes religiously for about
12 years. Though I've stopped that non sense about
2 years ago. I drink on occassion, like once a month. Cigs even less. Now on to my dark secret. I've been taking sleeping pills (unisom gels) for as long as I can remember. (I told my neuro that by the way) I only use one before bedtime. Never more, never less. I got addicted to them forever ago because I always had problems going to sleep. When I was young, I would come home from school and pass out from staying up late playing games! So of course at night I wasn't sleepy. My mom would give me a pill every now and then, leading to my body eventually requiring it to go to sleep. My mother feels terrible for giving me that first pill. Now look at me! Lol
Alright, so I've had my headaches since march 15th. I guess around 45 days. They usually start at the (top, back left) and just migrate wherever they want. Doesn't usually affect my front too much. Sometimes, very rarely, it will hurt behind one eye. But overall, mostly the back and sides. Right now, as I type, it's a dull pain, all around my head, including the top, but excluding the very front. Bare with my descript
ions, as its very difficult to pin point exact
locations of my head ache that seems to be every where at times. I started out taking Tylenol and OTC mess but they didn't do much. The only one that really worked was excedrin 'tension headache'. Obviously I wasn't going to take those forever. I went to my family doctor and he ran through the list of physical exams. He decided I just had tension headaches and I should just eat more fruits and go exercise, even if I didn't feel like it. I decided I would wait it out but after a week I said screw it and I asked him to make an app. With the neurologist. I had to wait about
month before I could even see the neuro but I took it. In the meantime, my GP prescribed me Amitryptiline to quell my stress. Lol i got very impatient after 2 weeks and demanded my neuro see me soon, as my headaches were driving me nuts. Keep in mind, I've never been a headache person. I rarely get them, if ever.
So my neuro did the same battery of test and said he thought I was normal. He went down a laundry list of meds I could try. Looking back now, I wish I would have really listened to him. He said so many so fast, including a temporary steroid?!? (someone please enlighten me on that) We settled on valproic acid, blood work and a CT scan without contrast. I didn't have the money or insurance for an MRI. The dosage is 250 mg capsules, twice a day, twice daily. (4 total pills)
The CT came back clean and blood work was ok. So I've been taking these pills for about
10 days. And let me tell you, I get a nasty side effect. Feels like somethings coming up my throat. Almost like I'm going to puke, but I don't. In the the tenth day, it just got too much to handle and I called the doc to see if I could lower the dose. He said I could cut it in half and go to two a day total. Started that yesterday. Been a good difference. I can handle this much easier. Now as for my headaches, since I've been taking these pills, roughly 11 days, I have noticed some improvement in my headaches (strength) but not duration. I still have them every single day, morning to night! I mean, if I can go on a tangent real quick: how is that even possible? How can one have freaking headache every single minute of every single day. Yeah, it sometimes feels extremely faint and it doesn't really bother me. But it's always there! Lurking! Lol ok, back on topic... I guess my question is how long does this stuff take to work, and is this even right for me? Also, my neuro told me to come back and see him in 6-8 weeks. My thing is, if I lowered the dosage, shouldn't I extend that time a little?
I hope I didn't confuse you guys too much with my post. I typed this in a hurry with the stupid auto correct on my phone. Thanks for any help!
Post Edited (Gator4life) : 5/1/2011 12:22:04 PM (GMT-6)