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Doug Eby
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/18/2007 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone gone through this?
 
I've had occaisional migrains most my life, no big deal, they would go away after a day or two.  Over the past ten years I get hit with dizzy spells that have at times dropped me to my knees.  Near the end of July I got hit by a severe migrain that has yet to go away.
The doctor first tried T-3's wich had no effect.  He then put me on Naproxen, 500mg 3 times a day for three days, then 500mg once a day since.  This dulled the migrain, nut did not get rid of it.  The doctor then added a Beta Blocker to the mix, 40mg once a day.  This only had a tiny effect, the migrain or head ache, if you prefer only dulled a bit more.
I have had two CT Head scans the second with contrasting die, they report them as normal.  (They don't know me very well :-) )
 
The head aches remain, never letting up.  If I cough, sneeze or blow my nose I see stars and the head ache gets worse.  If I do any physical activity, anything that jiggles my head, the head aches get worse.
Today I was having a good laugh with the neighbour, now my head ache has become a mild migrain again or a severe head ache.
I'm always sensitive to light and noise since this started at the end of July.
 
Anyway, has anyone been through this?  Any ideas?
And yes I'm pulling at straws, just trying to get some idea as to what the heck is going on.
 
Any info would be appreciated,
Doug
 


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Circa1988
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   Posted 9/18/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes i have been through something very similar, except I never got migraines before I started getting my chronic daily headache. I am an 18yr old male. It started my junior year of high school and it has now been about 2 years without relenting and really it has gotten much worse, I just am treating it now. Here is the story of my condition and treatment up until present day that I posted in another thread-

"I suffer from very severe chronic daily headaches which I have had for about 2 years now. They basically completely destroyed my life and after some ER visits and a hospitalization for a week (getting their most intense headache treatments and then being discharged with them telling me that there was nothing left for them to do, quite depressing for me) I was still the same, ( that is laying in bed in excruciating pain all day barely able to function, I went to school 1-1 and 1/2 days per week). I spent all of the 2 years trying a large array of preventatives and none have done a thing for me. None of the triptans worked and nor did toradol. After the hospitalization i was given 4mg Dilaudid 1 time per day to take at bedtime so I could fall asleep. Eventually my doc gave me two per day so I could have some semblance of pain relief, that is 3-4 hours of pain relief during the day and then sleep. I then decided that enough was enough and that I needed to get my life back. I was about to graduate (if I could get back to school and do my work), and I NEEDED to get to college next year. I went to my doctor and told her that I needed pain relief while we search for an answer for my headaches. because it was now apparent that an answer may never come. Flash forward to now and I am on 20mg of Methadone (10mg twice a day) and Dilaudid 4mg up to twice a day for breakthrough pain. It has literally saved my life. I am now in college and I have not missed a class yet, in almost a month. That would have been unconceivable 9months ago. I am so grateful for this I strongly advocate the use of opioids for people suffering from chronic pain that is unresponsive to other forms of treatment, I believe that it can literally SAVE LIVES. I also take 150mg of Lyrica twice a day as well as 100mg of Topamax, I have taken countless other preventatives. I am not sure how much the Topamax and the Lyrica are helping but I am doing well now so I dont want to change anything and rock the boat. Now that I am on the Methadone, triptans worked to a limited degree and I also take Maxalt melt tabs, but they only work for a couple hours. I also take Toradol which seems to help also. Both the Maxalt and Toradol only help if the breakthrough headache is only moderate in severity. I take reglan for nausea also. I have taken so many other PRNs other than these I dont think I could name them all, but they did not work, or they had terrible side effects."

So that is basically what has happened up until now, I am doing much better now, as it says in there, but it took pretty drastic measures because my headaches were completely unresponsive to more traditional treatments. I hope that this gives you some info and lets you know that you are not the only one suffering through this.

I hope that you can find a solution to your headaches soon and get relief. Good luck and I hope everyone has a pain-free day,
Circa

Doug Eby
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/18/2007 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply and info circa.  You have given me a lot to ask the doctor about.
One thing is for sure, I have to stop this pain, as with you it is destroying my life.
 
Doug
 
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Circa1988
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   Posted 9/18/2007 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
It took me about 1 and a half years to get the effective treatment that I have now, I did not make the decision to do it lightly. The doctors probably wont be willing to have you do it yet, until you try more preventatives, to make sure that the more traditional treatment dont work ( and if they do, it is probably better, assuming you dont have a med with terrible side effects). I hope that you get the relief that you need so that you get on with your life.

Good luck and I hope you have a pain-free day,
Circa

Joana
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   Posted 9/24/2007 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this site.  I have suffered from constant headaches for over 11 years.  They range from mild to severe migraines.  I have tried several medications over the years and nothing seems to help that well.  I now take 100 mg. of Topamax which had decreased the number of migraines but lately seem to increasing. For a severe migraine, I take Relpax along with a painkiller.  But, I do that rarely although I have severe migraines at least 2 times a week. I am now going to a pain clinic and am going to have a procedure done that has just been approved by the FDA for migraines.  My doctor does not know if it will help my constant headaches-all I can do is hope.  I was glad to see that I am not alone.  My family is very supportive, but it is not the same.

mercyme
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   Posted 9/30/2007 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joana, could you please tell me about the treatment you are getting for your migraines?? I have also started going to a pain clinic but haven't started treatment yet, just went for a consultation. I also have back pain and they are going to do a trial of a tens unit. not sure what all it details.

I'm very interested in knowing what the procedure is that they are going to try on you. Please let me know. I have migraines 3-4 times a week and sometimes daily.

Best regards,

mercyme/Cindy

crackkkk
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 10/1/2007 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   
can i use Naproxen, too....i get severe head ache too
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