Haven't been around for a while since my migraines have pretty much been manageble or "status-quo" (2/3 a week or about 50% of the time) for the past couple of years, with no changes in medication. I've been taking 400mg. of Zonegran and 10mg of Atenelol daily as a preventative(ha-ha), and using 300mg. of Seroquel and 50mg of Hydroxizine as an abortive(basically just to sleep off the headache). I've been having to get pain injection from my primary care physician/immediate care place, (with my specialist's knowledge), about once every week or two. That injection is usually 15mg of Nubain and 50mg of Phenergan, which usually knocks out the migraine. If I get one of the jerk DRs at the walk-in place that only goes with 10mg of Nubain, I sometimes have to get a second shot from my DR the next day.
Granted, this may not sound exactly very controlled, but compared to the years when I had a headache every day of my life, and the several years I spent going to the ER practically on a weekly basis, this has been a fairly decent improvement.
Tomorrow, I'm scheduled to get the BOTOX INJECTIONS in my head from my neurology specialist at DUKE, and I'm wondering if anybody has had any experience with this treatment? I've been told that it is supposed to be pretty successful in patients that are affected by migraines 50% or more of the time. I've had to keep a daily journal for the past several months, and unfortunately, I qualify under that specification. I'm actually more relieved about getting this treatment that I thought I would be, since I have encountered problems with the onset of the "GREAT NUBAIN SHORTAGE OF 2012". It amazes me that in the 21st century, a basic mild narcotic pain medication (that is widely used for all sorts of conditions) can't be kept in stock in your standard doctor's office or walk-in clinic. I'm so tired of having to call around to see who has Nubain in stock when I need an injection, I'm head over heals about the proposition of getting a neuro-toxin jabbed into points of my skull. OK...that sounded a little testy, but to be perfectly honest, I'm cooking on a migraine I've had since last night, and since none of the walk-in clinics have any Nubain, I have to wait another six hours for my PCP to work me in for a shot at his office. So yes, I'm a little cranky, and the thought of having poison injected into my skull tomorrow isn't thrilling with joy when I haven't really heard a whole lot of first hand success stories. ANYBODY care to comment?