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What A Pain!

Hi Everyone,

My name is Sascha (Male), I usually have to put that in there, because most people when they see that name automatically think I’m a female. I served in the military for 17yrs before being medically discharged from the service for a different medical condition.

I was first diagnosed with chronic migraines in 2001. The neurologist that saw me put me on Depakote ER 500mg x2 daily.

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After getting out of the military and being on this medication for 11yrs, the Dr. that i started seeing in the private sector said I had to stop taking this medication, because it was damaging my liver. Ever since then (almost 1 1/2 yrs) i have been on numerous preventives and abortives. I have tried Topamax, Amitryptolyn, and a few others that I can’t even remember. As far as abbortives go, I was on Zomig ZMT 2.5 at first, then went to 5mg. Next my VA Dr. placed me on Imitrex 50mg, then 100mg and now has me on the Nasal form of the meds. For Months now I’ve been having more and more attacks. I have been to the ER several times and Urgent care. In fact, just recently had to get another shot of Demerol. At this point, my and I are at our wits end trying to get help for me.

To all those that suffer from this disease, I can definately relate and say this. Try and hang in there as best as you can and Lord willing, there will be something discovered to help treat/eraticate this disease in our lifetime (wishful optimism).

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  • Aaron
    7 years ago

    I feel your pain Sascha, although I am a bit disheartened that the nasal Imitrex isn’t working for you because that was going to be my next request from the VA. It seems, on my end, that my digestive system shuts down and oral meds don’t do anything. I usually have to get an injection like you before anything seems to happen. Hang in there!

  • casrak author
    7 years ago

    I’m trying my best to hang in there. I think I was somewhat able to convence my VA Dr. to finally do more than what he has been. I am still having to get shots very often and I know they are getting tired of doing that on the outside, but what is a person to do when they are in sooooo much pain. I do hope the nasal Imitrex works for you. Keep truckin’

  • sherrioneal
    7 years ago

    i have chronic cluster neurologist put me on magniseum oxalate, and migrinal..they work to prevent migraines. the migranil works if used at the start of the migraine..since i am allergic to sulfa and sulfates topamax, imitrex and most of the other meds i cannot use, this has worked for me..i only get a couple a month and can usually stop them if caught early enough..also i use an ice pack, ace wrap around the eyes and lay in a dark room..

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