Sharing my migraine ER nightmare

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   Posted 10/10/2012 3:15 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.
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   Posted 10/11/2012 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have migraines and I avoid the ER like the plague!!! They treat me like I am a drug seeker,,are rude and don't believe a word I am saying. I appear (according to my dr) to have a gene that blocks pain killers. I have also had gastric bypass so can not take aspirin or nsets. At this time my doc has me on methadone, morphine, promesadine for nausea, oxygen, and feroset. Weather and stress are big triggers for me. Since I have had bypass surgery only half the meds go into my system. Antibiotics are always liquid and take 2 rounds to treat. I have been seen by 3 universities, Johns Hopkins, numerous endo and nero drs and no one has a good deal of answers to give me. I deal pretty well (after 15 years of headaches) but at times they get so out of control that I just can't deal with the pain. I get them 4 times a week and sometimes they last for 3 days at a time. I know my food triggers so that is not an issue but there isn't much you can do about weather changes. I had one Dr tell me to just move. LOL yeah right. All I can say is hang in there and hope you get an er doc who understands what is happening.
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