I've read several posts here regarding Jefferson Headache Center and would like some information from those who have gone through what has been prescribed for me.
I have had a headache for nearly 3 years and haven't worked in over a year due to unrelenting pain. Have seen numerous neurologists, pain magmt. specialist, chiropractor, dentist to rule out TMJ, gyno - to rule out menopause, massage, accupuncture, trigger pint injections, nerve blocks, physical therapy, etc.
about 2 weeks ago I had my first appointment at Jefferson and saw Dr. Mamura and Dr. Keiser. The recommendation is that I be placed in the hospital to deal with my likely dependence on Percocet (12 10/325 mg per day), and to use various IV drugs in an attempt to "break" the headache. Originally Dr. Mamura said 3 to 5 days, at the end of my visit he said 5 to 7 days, and when he called me yesterday (in response to a letter I wrote him with lots of questions) he said 7 to 10 days!
Those of you who have been there: How long were you in? What drugs did they try? When you got out did you need to go back there regularly for infusions?
I am a smoker and was told I cannot leave the hospital to smoke and they would give me nicotine patches to help me deal with that problem. This worries me nearly as much as the withdrawal from the narcotics!
Post Edited (spavlich) : 12/18/2007 12:04:29 PM (GMT-7)