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And It Never Stops…

We were out for a Sunday drive and BAM the worst headache of my life and we still had to drive all the way home. NEVER had a headache like that before and thought “this is it, this is how I’m gonna die“.

Emergency room visit

That was my first trip to the ER for a headache out of what is probably now HUNDREDS!!!! I have had so many headaches it’s just freakin crazy. It’s a good thing I worked at a medical center! I had a hysterectomy & they thought maybe I’d get some relief with that but hell no. Years go by and we get it somewhat kinda sorta under control (not really I just took so much pain medications it was nuts) and BAM I get in a near-fatal boating accident.

Traumatic head injury

I was hit in the head by a jet ski! Yes, you read it right. I actually did die for a minute, my husband had to do CPR on me to get me breathing & get my heart beating again. I had a closed head injury & spent 6 1/2 weeks in 3 different hospitals. The headaches continued with a vengeance. I was going to the hospital 2 to 3 times a month for pain shots for my migraines. We now have the meds down to I think about 4 or 5 different combinations that I take depending on when I catch them – in the very beginning or if it hits like a brick wall or if it’s with severe nausea or severe sensitivity. And sometimes NOTHING works and off we go to the ER. I have to say the trips to the ER are way down. Sometimes only once or twice a month & for me, that is great cuz I was going once a week for a while. ER’s don’t like that they think you’re just trying to get drugs. Like I couldn’t get them cheaper on the street!! I had to sign pain contracts and everything it was CRAZY.

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  • Holly Harding Baddour moderator
    1 month ago

    Hi Denise- My goodness- what a journey you’re on. So grateful you took the time to share with us. You are so right that there’s nothing like the extreme pain of migraine- it can be terrifying and sometimes feel life-ending. Sounds like you are doing everything you can to manage the onslaught. So true, too, that ER migraine trips can be so challenging as the staff frequently believes we are there to attain drugs rather than relief:

    Thinking of you and so glad you are a part of our community. Please stay in touch.

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