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Everything tried for chronic migraines…

I’ve had chronic migraines since my early teenage years and can’t even count the number of medications i have been on. I currently take topamax and tofranil daily, along with zomig, frova and naproxen at the onset. I have had work on my teeth for tmj and wear a custom fit orthotic nighty to prevent grinding of my teeth. I tried steroid/lidocaine injections in the fall and they worked WONDERFULLY but not for long enough and they can only be injected every 3 months or longer.

Last month i had botox injections all over my scalp, forehead and neck. I seem to be noticing a difference but i feel like a bobble head because my neck muscles are so loose now! I also go to a chiropractor weekly and have graston done on my neck, which is rubbing a hard metal tool to smooth out and relax the muscles.

I pray for a day when i can be completely free from this chronic pain as it takes so much out of me. I finish my master’s degree in math and my biggest concern is being able to hold a full time job with this pain. I would do anything to fix it.

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  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    How many Migraines do you suffer in a typical month?

  • Amy author
    8 years ago

    Based on my symptoms of what my daily headaches are my neurologists have told me that I have constant low-grade migraines (about 5x a week). But migraines in which I need to take my extra prescription medications are often about 4x a month since I’ve started other treatment besides just oral medications. The weekly chiropractor helps a lot and the botox seems to have helped.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    It sounds like you’re on your way toward improved Migraine management – congratulations 🙂 The only suggestion I’d have for you would be to see a Headache Specialist who may be able to delve a little deeper than a neurologist without all the extra training. Has your neuro ever mentioned MOH – medication overuse headache?

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