8 week migraine & counting!

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   Posted 5/10/2012 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with migraine condition 8 years ago and was originally placed on Verapamil (?) for it. That stopped working for me and I did not like the medication that I was given in it's place, so I came off everything. I was originally diagnosed with migraine condition, due to dizziness and memory problems. ( I was about 35 years old at the time) I saw several neurologists and they all felt that it was normal and that I simply led a "stressed" lifestyle. I did not agree, but all testing came back normal. Over the years, the memory issues have become worse and I now have the headaches, as well. I can typically keep the headaches under control with over the counter medication, but not this time! I am on week #8 of a migraine headache that will NOT go away.... I go to bed with it and I wake up with it.....On a pain scale from 1 to 10, it usually lingers around a 4 to 5. (Although sometimes it will lower to a 3 or I get days where it is almost unbearable at an 8 or a 9) The pain is in my forehead and I am sensitive to light and sound. Over the past two months I have seen two family physicians and two neurologists; My family physician has performed blood work to confirm that my thyroid is okay and I have no underlying infection. My first My neurologist performed an MRI, which came back normal and put me on Topiramate 3 weeks ago, no success yet. My 2nd neurologist tried sterioid injections / pills and that only made matters worse. At this point all of the doctors have thrown their hands up in the air and pretty much told me that they don't know what to do with me! I don't know where to turn for some relief and I am looking for ANY recommendations!
BTW - I have also had deep muscle therapy performed and chiropractic adjustments, thinking that it may be helpful.

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 5/12/2012 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
hi rachelle123.i am so sorry that you are suffering so badly with migraines.you have done the right thing by getting medical help.give the preventitives time to get into your system.they can take months to start working.i would be a bit careful with seeing a chiropractor.it can help some people but not others.
having that done can sometimes make things worse.everyone is different though in their reactions.i am speaking from 25 years of chronic migraines and headaches.i have tried everything but with no luck.don't give up though.maybe look at seeing an osteopath.always have your heatpack on standby.just another tip,don't get addicted to over the counter pain killers.it makes the headaches a whole lot worse from taking pain killers every day for a long,long period of time.
i really hope you find something that helps you.it is a time thing.keep in touch and let me know how you are progressing.take care and look after yourself.
chronic migraine and headache sufferer for 25 years.
chronic bladder pain for 3 years.
diagnosed recently with intercystitis cystitis -ic
sinus face pain
upper stomach pain through to back

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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 5/12/2012 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Autunm, Thank you so much for the reply....It helps to speak with other sufferers - although I feel like a bit of a "whiner" when I hear about some of the other stories on here. 25 years - how awful for you. I will look into the osteopath, as you suggested. I've given up on the painkillers, altogether, because they don't seem to be doing a thing to help me. Good luck to you, as well.
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