Not giving up
I've been living with migraines since I was 19. I'm 41 now and they became chronic several years ago with the inclusion of a nasty friend diagnosed as-tension headaches. I began a headache diary several months ago and found as I suspected that I was experiencing headaches daily with approximately 12-15 migraines a month. I've tried chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, counseling, special diets etc etc with no long term relief to speak of. My current gp and I are really trying to taper me off of some of my Meds which may be causing rebound headaches beside all of the symptoms and side effects I experience. I'm a literal walking zombie. No worries though I have no appetite. My current Meds are: phenylephrine-sinusitis, lexapro-PTSD/anxiety, depo-provera-hormonal med, norco-tension headaches, topamax-migraine prevention, baclofen-spinal stenosis, Xanax-PTSD-Anxiety, zofran-nausea with migraine, atenolol-migraine prevention, aleve-acute migraine attack, imitrex-acute migraine attack, Zyrtec-allergic rhinitis and omeprazole-GERD. I was referred to a neurologist which my insurance approved, whom I saw today. The last time I saw any type of specialist for headaches was over 15 years ago. The one I saw today left me a lot more confused and frustrated than I was before I talked to him. We discussed Amitriptyline as I've never been prescribed it and it is supposed to help with sleep? And migraines? Which I suffer with issues from both. When I got to the pharmacy there was a completely different medication prescribed by him waiting for me. A try-cyclic but not the one we discussed. I told him I really wanted to reduce medications due to some of my symptoms possibly being medication/side effect related. He made no response to that except to tell me to not change my medications. He was really trying to push me to add depakote when I already take an anticonvulsant. When we discussed alternatives to imitrex he stated it didn't matter because they all worked the same. Would not even discuss any possibilities of my spinal stenosis, hormones, cyst on my neck or previous head injuries contributing to any of my conditions or symptoms as a matter of fact he shooshed me. Said there was no way any of these things were contributing factors. Told me he was going to recommend a nerve block next thing I know I'm signing the form and he's shooting me in the neck. So I get these nerve block shots and I start to get a tension headache while I'm driving home. All in all I'd say he spent about 10-15 minutes actually discussing anything with me. Anyone else out there experience anything like this before? Is something off here?
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