You are exactly where I was 24 years ago. You are taking Fioricet. It is a combination of Butalbital, Tylenol, and caffeine. It is a fairly mild pain medication, but stronger than Over-The-Counter pain meds. It is a good medication, but if the dosage you are currently prescribed is not taking care of the migraine, do not take more. Also, don't augment it with any other medication. Explain your problem to your doctor and ask if he can change the prescription to Fioricet w/ codeine. This adds a small amount of narcotic pain medication, which should help. However, because codeine can be addictive, you MUST absolutely follow the prescribed dosage schedule.
The next step is critical. Stop taking the Excedrin immediately! It is fine for the occasional tension headache, but can throw you into a cycle of REBOUND HEADACHES, if you take it more than one or two days a week. From your original post, having 4 headaches in a week screams REBOUND. The ONLY way to break the rebound cycle is to stop taking all pain medications, prescribed and OTC. Going cold turkey is hell, but you will have to suffer through it to get all the mediations out of your system. Pain medication of any kind should be taken not more than one or two days a week.
Please check with your doctor as soon as possible about changing your meds. If your doctor wants to put you on a preventative, please don't let him start you on Topamax. There are so many others to try, and Topamax has horrible side effects for many people.
Please see your doctor and let us know how you are doing.
- On Disablility for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ
- Divorced, 42, no children
- Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(four molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals)
- Current Meds: Lexapro, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Migranol, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Skelaxin, Phenergan, Chantix, Iron Pills, PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
- Current Problem: Internal Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass