I have been battling a migraine for several weeks now. The first 3 1/2 weeks were so severe that I would want to gouge my eyes out...felt like cutting my head off. The pain was nothing like I had ever experienced before. I suffered migraines all my like. I had an anterior cervical fusion in May 2010 at levels C5 & C6, with a plate & screws. It stopped the migraines although I still had muscle spasms quite often, which were very intense. I took Diazepam for that, and finally had some relief. It was the only muscle relaxer that did not make me
sleepy. November 2010 I had a lamenectoy at levels L5 & L6. I healed from that surgery. I had not driven since Feb 2010...at which time I fell on the ice, had a concussion, & lost my memory for a couple of months. Yes, you can say that I've kinda had a bad year or so now. about 2 months ago on the first time I started driving again, I got out of my car, turned my head very sharply to look behind me & got a severe pain in my head. I felt very dizzy, nauseated, and thought I was going to pass out. My son, immediately drove me to the closest ER. They did a CT scan, gave me about 4-5 different shots and were not able to relieve the pain. They prescribed some tramadol and a muscle relaxer and sent
me home. That night I was up all night in pain. The kids went to school the next day. That next night I could not take it any more and begged them to take me to the ER again. There they gave me about 3 different shots. Which took away the pain for several hours so I could go home and sleep. During the 3 1/2 weeks, I went to the ER another time and received some Norco....which only dulled the pain for a few hours, but it was nice anyway. I went to my primary care Dr., who referred me to the same neurologist who referred me for surgery in May 2010. They did an MRI and Xrays to make sure the hardware was still in place.
I felt such pain in my neck also, that I thought for sure something went wrong where I had the surgery. The neurologist sent me home with Tylenol 3. I got no relief, so he then prescribed the Norco, which helped. He referred me to Pain Management. So far I have had 2 series of 2 shots in the back of my head,
which they called a nerve black. It did lessen the pain somewhat...but the pain is still constant. I go back in a week 1/2 for the 3rd series of shots in my head. They hurt pretty bad. The doctor was talking about a epidural with the same type of medication they put in the nerve block. I don't understand this. The neurologist diagnosed me with occipital neuralgia. From what my primary care Dr. said, this would last for the rest of my life. When I looked up that diagnosis...it said that the pain would only last 3-4 minutes at a time. That's not my case. The pain management docs prescribed Celebrex and Gabapentin. The Gabapentin went from once a day, to now 3 times a day. If that doesn't
work, they want me to try a muscle relaxer Tizanadine. It does make me sleepy, but right now at this point I welcome sleep!! When I sleep, I don't feel the pain. I want to know if this is a nerve, why can't they just cut me open, and fix it. I am so tired of hurting, being a pin cushion, and taking so many pills. This has been such a long journey. I have been out of work since Feb. First workman's comp and later disability. Which is about half of what I was making. It's been so rough on the family and kids.
Does anyone know anything about this?