Posted 10/10/2012 2:15 PM (GMT -6)
Before I was diagnosed, I'd have infrequent severe headaches that went away with sleep and OTC NSAIDS. Classic migraines. But I did not know that at the time. I was just treating symptoms.
I was living in north Alabama, and had returned home (south Louisiana) for a visit. One evening, we decided to go to a casino. Now if there's anyplace that is a room full of migraine triggers, it's a casino. I know that now.
I played some games, and things were going well, I was actually about $80 ahead on the slots, and suddenly I felt like I had been hit on the back of the head with a baseball bat. My then-wife and I skipped dinner with the rest of the fam and went to the ER. Small town hospital, but the closest one.
At the ER, unbeknownst to me, they were dealing with an mosquito-borne meningitis outbreak, that had infected something like 35 people in the area at the time, so the doctor orders a spinal tap. Before treating for a migraine. Except, he can't hit it, even on the third try. Luckily, the nurse gently let him know that the radiologist would be coming in, middle of the night, and would be able to get the tap. Which he did, very smoothly, little pain, champagne tap. Clear CSF, treat him for a migraine.
Double dose of Imitrex, plus a scrip and a couple really good doses of dilaudid later, and I was fine. But I was stuck on my back for 8 hours due to the spinal tap.
So a word of warning if you are traveling in swampy areas and you have already been diagnosed. Bring your meds.