Hi, I'm new here. I can relate to Melanie, this board is my last resort.
I feel like i'm about to have a nervous breakdown of some sort.
I have been dealing with migraines pretty much since I was about 25.
I'm 46 now.
Only in the last year have they incapacitated me to were I have lost 2 good jobs.
I have been to 2 different doctors. The first doctor I had seen for 5 years and he
tried different muscle relaxers because my migraines begin as tension headaches and
progress to migraines very quickly. He has tried almost every migraine medicine on
There has been so many times i had to go to the emergency room cause i felt i was
dying, i would be vomiting and crying all night and would have to go get a phenergan
There has been many times I had no one to drive me to the emergency room
and i was in too much pain to drive myself and would almost overdose on tylenol p.m.
or lortab, just anything to be out of pain. To be totally honest, I have a migraine that
last sometimes 4 to 7 days at a time and the only relief I have is when I sleep.
Yes, I have had a CT Scan, they could find nothing that gave them any clues to
what is causing these headaches. I either have intense pressure and pain at the
base of my skull or I have both the pain and pressure at the base of the skull and
neck and the all over migraine, feeling like I have a hatchet in my head.
Finally the first doctor tried me on Topamax, which Amazingly decreased the
migraines from 4 to 7 days out of the week to 3 a month, that was awesome.
Well as anyone knows who takes Topamax it's not cheap. When I was working and
had insurance i could afford it but now that i can't work due to the migraines, i can't
I am trying to get the Topamax through a patient assistance program.
So far Topamax has been my only breakthrough.
The new doctor I'm seeing is trying me on Relpax until i can get back on the
Topamax. But even with the Topamax i was taking 150 mg. a day and still
having around 3 really bad migraines a month. He may have to increase the
dosage a bit more.
Can anyone else relate to what I'm going through.
Sorry so long, being as I'm new and wanted to give you a bit of background on myself.