Hi everyone, I'm a crossover from the Fibromyalgia board, and yup, I have migraines too. I started having the aura/vomiting type when I was about
11, then they went thru highschool and pretty much stopped until a few years ago (I'm now 40). Now I get pain on the right side of my forehead, which bounces back and forth between there and severe pain in my left eye/ear (more eye than ear). I've seen a neuro, had an MRI/MRA, plus an eye dr. and nothing is showing up. My neuro thinks I have a form of Trigeminal Neuralgia (not the lightning strike kind of pain, thank goodness), so I'm on 250mg of Lamictal (an anti-seizure med) per day after having worked up from a smaller dose.
The eye pain is almost always with me at varying degrees of severity (which is very unusual for TN), but when it gets really bad, like three or four times a week for at least 6 hours at a time, I'm extremely nauseous and sometimes vomit, so don't know if it's maybe migraines in every case. I also take Midrin for the migraines, which sometimes helps, but since it has acetaminophen in it I can't take it as often as I need to. I have Vicodin for when the pain is intolerable, but it doesn't work very well, and I don't like to take it more than a couple of times per week. Most of the triptans give me intolerable side effects, except Frova, but it's too expensive for me even with insurance.
Does anyone else have intense, stabbing eye pain on one side combined with pain on the opposite side of the head? Or pain almost all the time? I'm not sure if the Lamictal is working or not for the neuralgia (or if that's even what it is); it can be so hard to tell which type of headache you're having at any given time. My neuro is a DO, and is very
open to trying any med I want to try; Lamictal is my third anti-seizure med.
I hope this makes sense; if anyone has had similar symptoms I'd sure love to hear from you--thx!
Post Edited (fibrofirefly) : 4/24/2007 1:15:29 PM (GMT-6)