Dreading a Procedure

Last week I had an Endoscopic Procedure due to the Acid Reflux Condition I have now developed. I was fine after the procedure, that is until a few hours later. I developed a whopper of a migraine along with actual vomiting instead of just nausea. The migraine took a toll on me for four days and warranted a trip to the doctor office for a shot of torodol and zofran. When the office where I had the Endoscope procedure called to see how I was doing and I told them that I had a bad headache with vomiting they assured me that it wasn’t from the anesthesia or the procedure. That is when I figured it was a migraine and a bad one at that. I am scheduled to have a colonoscopy done on Monday and I am scared to death. You would think that i would be used to my migraines by now. That is not the case. I lost two days of my life lying in pain and a drug induced haze. I was also unproductive and very out of it for the two days following the haze. I am not looking forward to the next test although I know it is for the best. So, what was it that brought on the migraine? Was it the propofol they used to sedate me? Was it the fact that I had to fast during the nine hours before the procedure ( I work night shift) or was it the fact that I stayed awake until 1 pm that day instead of going to bed by 9 am? It just may have been a factor of all. I guess I will never know.

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  • Erin
    3 years ago

    This is a late reply, but I have to have upper endoscopy’s every 4 to 6 months to stretch my esophagus, I can’t swallow anything remotely thick like breads and such. I have a freakish tolerance to medications, so I require larger, and more potent meds. The Propofol, Versed, and Fentanyl are more potent and give me some of the worst migraines I’ve ever had. I really need the stretching, but god I dread the horrible migraines I inevitably get.I hope you fare better the next time.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi zippy36,

    Thank you for sharing your story, although I am sorry you’ve had a rough time recently.

    It’s not uncommon to have an attack after certain procedures, let me explain. Skipping meals, dehydration, interrupted sleep schedules and many other things can trigger a migraine attack. Seeing as your sleep was interrupted and you went without food, it’s no wonder you had a migraine. You may want to look at this information on triggers; https://migraine.com/blog/migraines-have-triggers/.

    Best of luck with your procedure tomorrow!
    Nancy

  • zippy36 author
    3 years ago

    Since going through menopause my migraines have lessened in severity. I have not had a migraine with that much pain and nausea in a long time. It made me realize just how much I have improved (although I do still get them). I know this might not sound right but it made me grateful in a way. Now that I know that there is a very good chance that this will reoccur, I will be taking my Zofran with me and taking it either before or after the procedure, whatever the anesthesiologist decides. Also, my regular doctor office will take me up until 5pm if I decide I am headed toward a migraine.. I can get a shot of torodol. I also made arrangements for a ride. It just didn’t occur to me that I would have to think about all of this before. Thanks for listening.

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