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A whole new ballgame

I’ve done some researching and found this place. I hope someone can talk to me and keep me from ending it all because I am so fed up with this pain and headache!
I’ve been told migraine is what I have. Sometimes I think it’s brain cancer. I have pain in my face at least 5 days a week and a headache.
one doctor got me hooked on Vicodin. I just stopped that 9 days ago. I’m clean from that. The other doctor gave me Imitrex and that helps but I can only take 3 pills a week.
IT makes me nauseated and very, very tired. The day is ruined. I am depressed and cannot do anything when this happens.
I also have facial pain which makes me think something else is going on.
I had some plastic surgery a while back and my mother thinks that is the cause of the facial pain. I asked the doctor and he said no.
Please, any comments are welcome.

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  • PamR
    2 years ago

    Hang in there, if the neurologist doesn’t suggest preventatives, go to a migraine specialist. I get the eye/face pain as well. It’s horrible. Triptans work, but you need a preventative to take down the number you’re getting. Also I have been on vitamin B2 (400 mg a day) and that seems to help quite a bit. You can get that on Amazon. For nausea, also over the counter, believe it or not, you can use Dramamine (generic), just a half a tablet can make the nausea stop. It’s easy to keep down, too, since it disintegrates immediately. Good luck and hang in there, you are FAR from alone!

  • Erin
    2 years ago

    Just hang in there. You’re not alone. You can always find someone here that will listen. Hoping you’re having a better day.

  • Anne
    2 years ago

    Hi Salty: Your neurologist should be looking for a preventative medication. If you get migraines more than 15 times a month, your migraines are considered chronic. They should also recommend an MRI to rule out other things. I’ve also gotten blood tests and found vitamin deficiencies that made my other symptoms worse. Don’t stop asking your doctor for solutions and if they can’t help you, change doctors. We have to be our own advocates, unfortunately. But, things do get better and there are lots of different medications, diets, alternative treatments that can help lessen the pain.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi there saltycandy13,
    We are so happy that you have reached out. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re dealing with this continued pain and the emotional toll due to your migraines. Please know you are never alone in feeling this way! There are many in our community who can relate all to well to feeling fed up with all of the pain and suffering migraine has caused in their lives!! You have an entire community behind you who knows and understands what you are going through.

    In addition to getting support online like here in our community,we encourage you (as we do with all our members) to get the support you deserve from in-person options, such as medical professionals, counselors/therapists, and support groups. However, if you ever feel like giving up, please make a call to this hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or chat with them online at

    You mention facial pain, and I thought you might find this article helpful to review – Facial pain during migraine explained . Additionally, do not give up hope for better days!! Your body is going through a big transition from going off of the Vicodin and it sounds like Imitrex is a new treatment that your doctor has prescribed? Lastly, hopefully you are working with a good headache and migraine specialist or doctor because while it may feel like you have tried everything…there are many treatments that may be discussed and considered by your doctor. When you are feeling up to it, you may find these articles useful.

    Again, know we are ALWAYS here to lend an ear and for support! Reach out anytime!

    Wishing you a gentle night.
    Joanna ( Team)

  • saltycandy13 author
    2 years ago

    Thank you Joanna for the warm welcome and for the links to the articles. They make me understand a little more of what is going on and I appreciate that.

    I was on Vicodin for 2 years! Given to me by the gynecologist. She thought the headaches were hormonal but now she has realized they are not. I became somewhat dependent on it and used it almost each day. I took one pill and sometimes one half. I know they are not good and at times, they didn’t even work for me.
    I have a neurologist, (don’t know how good he is) I have only seen him 3 times. He gave me Imitrex which does work but I hate the nausea and tiredness.

    About one month ago, he injected several units of BOTOX and it does not work at all. If anything, I think it made things worse. I have shoulder pain now and neck pain. I do have osteo arthritis in my neck. The test showed I have this via CT scan. My neck hurts constantly. It cracks when I move in 3 places.

    The pain shoots up into my head but that is just part of it. I have facial pain under the eyes, the eye sockets and jaws, temples and over my eyebrows.
    For years, my primary care had me on antibiotics always saying I had sinus infections when most of the time, I did not.

    I have had injections of Tramadol which did not work either.

    So far the only thing that takes away the pain is Vicodin most of the time and Imitrex. I am hoping I can learn what else or other options I may have coming to this forum.

    I also am thinking I might have some sort of facial pain that I read an TN. Cant spell it and I do have a deviated septum but they doubt this is causing the pain.

    I am at a loss. My life is very limited as to what I can do at this point. I also have Graves’ Disease but am in remission right now.

    Any suggestions by anyone here would be more than welcome

    thank you

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