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Sixty Years Of Migraine

I’ve had migraines since the age of 7. Severe headache, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. At age 20 I saw a doctor who prescribed Cafergot, which did not help at all. I suffered with severe headaches 2-3 times a month (I know this is a small number compared to many). My primary care doctor prescribed Fioricet about 20 years ago and I thought it was a miracle. As long as I took a pill before the vomiting began, the headache was gone in 30 minutes. Unfortunately, doctors are reluctant to prescribe this drug because of fear about rebound headaches. Also, insurance no longer covers this medication. Have any of you had experience with Fioricet? Do your doctors still prescribe this drug? I’ll look forward to hearing your experiences.

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  • debbieleq
    1 year ago

    One time I was in the ER because my migraine was not responding to any medications and was getting worse. My blood pressure sky rocketed due to the pain. I have a high pain tolerance, been told by my doctor my 10 is another person’s 15. So I didn’t realize how bad it was affecting me. So the ER doctor gave me 3 courses of morphine just to lower my pain down enough where my blood pressure lower to a normal range. When I was discharged the doctor prescribed Fiorcet. He told me since the migraine only responded to the morphine that was what I needed. However, when I had a follow up with my neurologist the doctor told me that the medications were too strong and I was not going to get any pain medication from him. He said that if I was looking for pain medication I would have to go to a pain management doctor. I felt like the Fiorcet worked well, but nothing can ever take the pain away completely. I hope you find some relief. I want to thank you for sharing,

  • cally826
    1 year ago

    Hi Debbieleg~ I’ve never taken Fiorcet but had to mention the neurologist, I’ve gone to 2 in my life (I’m 72) and no help from either one. The first one thought it was all in my head and to see a phsycatrist (sp), he said because I was pretty I was wanting attention. The 2nd one many yrs later cut some medicine out and allowed only 2 Tylenol #3 a month and raised my Depakote to 6 a day. The Depakote immediately added 20 lbs and swollen ankles. I was also working a 40+ hr week plus I had a part time calligraphy business at night. I went back to my family Dr who is the best ever, got back down to 3 Depakote daily and back to 3 Tylenol #3 a day. The 20 lbs came right off. Now I take Tylenol as needed or 3 times a day and 3 Depakote a day and Relpax with the bad ones. A neurologist can make you feel pretty crummy when you’ve gone to him for help so don’t let it throw you. I imagine there are lots of us out there that didn’t get a fair shake from them. Don’t let it get you down!

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi there @MaryDeislinger, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It is so discouraging when the one treatment that brings you relief is no longer easy to receive. I am sure some others will weigh in on this conversation, but in the meantime, here is some information we have that may help you out. – Good luck & thanks for being here!

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