I usually post on the Hepatitis forum as a caregiver and a Co-Moderator. But here I am today, on the Migraine Forum, for me.
I have suffered with migraine headaches my entire adult life. They are mostly the same. In the middle of the night I wake up to the pain. It feels like a knife jabbing in the back of my head and coming out my right eye. I have the typical light and sound sensitivity and the pain is a 10 out of 10. If I stay still and in the dark I don't get the nausea...but IF I have to carry on...I get the nausea for sure.
I put ice on my neck, a sleep mask over my eyes, and take 1 Butalbital/APAP/Caffeine Tab (Fioricet), lay on my back and pray for sleep to come.
Generally, in an hour or so I DO fall asleep.
If I am lucky, and it is early enough in the night I get time to sleep the headache off.
In the morning I feel as if I am "hung over" and it takes some time to get going...which isn't so great if I have early meetings.
In 20 months I have taken 80 pills of the 100 in my last RX (...so I get 4 headaches a month), not bad at all, I can take that.
For about 25 years I have taken a small daily dose of 60 mg propranol and 10 mg of elavil and that has chased the daily migraines away but for basically 1 day a week...maybe a day I was especially stressed, or had chocolate or the odd glass of red wine, or found just that item on the menu that HAS MSG! (Don't eat the breaded fish at Olive Garden!)
More recently my doc gave me Indomethacin to try. I have taken 2 capsules and it seemed to work for me the same as the Fioricet...ice, mask, pill, wait, sleep, hangover.
BUT, and this is why I'm posting today.
All of a sudden I have had 7 migraines in 7 days...EVERY NIGHT for a week.
I can't go on like this. Why the change?
The one thing that is different, is that I have just taken a 3 week course of prednasone for bad bronchitis, tapered down 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 5. The last pill was 8 days ago. Is this now a reaction. Will this settle down. I dread going to bed, hoping the pain will not come back.
Any ideas? Encouragement that I'm right about the pred and it will get better.
I'm going to have to find a neurologist locally if this goes on.
Thanks for listening,
Asthma, Migraine, Anxiety