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Junkie Clinic Healed Me

  • By jcv

    Most MIGRAINES CAN BE ABSOLUTELY CONTROLLED WITH LOW DOSE METHADONE. Yes, evil methadone. No healthcare practioner will ever attempt to actually help someone by looking into this due to the stigma of methadone, but if this comment reaches even one person out there, because it took me 23 years to figure out that 5 mg/day of methadone (which I absolutely do not even feel psychoactively) completely cured me of chronic migraines that turned into very scary “thunderclap” migraines, which are migraines x1000, if you can actually believe that, then I feel justified in what most likely is a waste of time here. After going though the best neurologists, all the medications, all the prophylactics, MRI’s, etc., etc., etc., I was to the point (with the thunderclap headaches where the onset is at its worst in 1-2 seconds) that even 3-4 injections of dilaudid at the emergency room wasn’t helping – of course this is after they make you make you wait an agonizing, excruciating, life-altering, 8 hours each time. Out of desperation I feigned being a heroin junkie, and stood in line at a local methadone clinic to at least have something available for the next thunderclap (started getting them 2-3 times/week!) – scared for my life of having to wait another 8hrs at the emergency room again. For God’s Sakes. The Junkie Clinic Cured Me. I haven’t had a migraine, a thunderclap, nor a lingering migraine, in over 2 years. And yes I now live a completely productive life with no ill effects except for the demonization the medical profession in general places on methadone. I wonder WHY IT IS BETTER TO BE ON COMBINATIONS OF, OR SOLE USEAGES OF, ANTI-SEIZURE MEDICATIONS, ANTI-DEPRESSANTS, BARBITUATES, BENZODIAZEPINES, AND ALL THE PROPHYLACTICS, SSRI’s, SSNI’s, ETC., ETC., THAT CARRY HUGE ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS, WHEN SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS METHADONE COULD HELP SOMEONE? Would this work in all cases? Of course not. But I guarantee you, 99.99% of all healthcare practioners today would scoff at the idea meanwhile shoving much more problematic crap like topamax, depakote, amatryptaline, maxalt, midrin, imitrex, benedryl, etc. kidney stone, liver killing, and chronic migraine inducing meds down your throat that cost a fortune all to avoid a stigma. So let’s see the the list of adverse effects and why methadone is never ever tried, ever. It doesn’t even get you ‘high’ for crying out loud. I hope one person can break the cycle and live a new life as I never thought I would ever be able to do. The only side effect = a craving for sweets and slight weight gain I will take any day over my head feeling like it’s going to explode, emergency rooms, triage nurses looking at me like “why don’t you just take an aspirin”, ER docs walking past me while I’m literally ready to kill myself in pain making me wait literally 4 -6hrs everytime while they non-chalantly check on all the the rest of the people who have sore throats and the sniffles meanwhile I’m literally looking for a window to jump out of, or worse I guess, thinking I’m just a ‘drug seeker’, insomia, jitters, sweats, depression, flushing, weight loss, anxiety, dependency (ie. needing higher and higher amounts of tradional painkillers at ER like dilaudid if your lucky), vomiting,. I know I’m not the only one because I know EXACTLY what transformed migraines are (ie chronic migraine) and believe me I was getting them because of the tendency of the medical establishment to be paid stooges of a pharmaceutical industry that propogates superiority complexes! Great, now I have a migraine again!

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    I’d love to know how you came to know that methadone would work for your Migraines? I’ve been reading a lot of research on how psychadelic drugs like mushrooms and LSD can be used for Migraines. Of course these are in the early stages of studies and are hardly a widely used treatment option. Thanks for sharing. I believe that this will become a more hotly debated topic in the future!
    -Katie

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  • By chericoe

    Wow, Junkie Clinic, it brought me to tears to read your discussion on methadone and the ability of it to heal you of your migraines! I have been suffering endlessly from chronic migraines since I was 13 and I will turn 56 in two days. I also have been tried on the numerous drugs you have mentioned, and many more throughout the years that I cannot even remember. The sad thing is when you become immune to the meds you are on, then you need to switch or increase, and so on and so forth. I have dealt with this for so many years I am so tired now of dealing with it. And like you say, taking all these different meds is very tiring. I am happy for you that you have found relief and thanks for sharing.

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  • By Blacksonne88

    Junkie clinic? Really? Not a substance abuse clinic? Idiots use words like “Junkie” in serious content. It’s the same as calling someone with down syndrome a “retard” wake up.

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  • By annastheticcc

    I know this is an old post, I just wanted to add that I had problems with heroin addiction and ultimately ended up at a methadone clinic. The reason I started using heroin was because of debilitating migraines. I’m only 23 and I’m still in the clinic. The abuse of the heroin was getting so bad that I couldn’t go even hours without starting to get sick. I started at a clinic. And I don’t like the stigma surrounding the methadone clinics. Along with helping my addiction, I also no longer suffer migraines and tension headaches. I also have epilepsy so I am on antiepileptic meds. The combination does make me sleepy, but the methadone does not provide a “high” I’m still happy and I agree that while doctors do have a suspicious attitude towards methadone patients, it was worth it to me to no longer have migraines and be clean.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Anna,
    Thank you so much for your honesty. I’ve heard of chronic migraine patients using methadone or Suboxone to manage their head pain. I’m so sorry this disease lead you to want heroin to ease the pain (plus it’s cheaper than anything else).

    I’m am so incredibly proud of you for sharing your story and for your dedication to getting clean.
    Please keep us updated!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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  • By Devonlee

    I’m glad that methadone works for you. I do not undestand why so many people freak about using a pain pills but think it’s perfectly ok for people to take handfuls of other medicine that doesn’t even help! And they have horrible side effects. I do not take narcotics for migraines simply because they don’t work at all for me. But if they did I think it’s fair to have reasonable access to them. No one tells someone with a broken leg or cancer just take tylenol.

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  • By Ezme

    I have suffered with chronic migraines for many years now.It is strange that migraines are considered a disease yet the stigma surrounding them still persists.I would be willing to try methadone if it would help me get away from the shortsighted physicians.So many of them seem to think that the horrific pain of a migraine means you are there angling for hard drugs!It is unprofessional and cruel!As any long term migraine suffer knows,if The Devil Himself appeared in a puff of smoke in your living room and said”Here take this…”you most likely would and thank him for coming with relief!I don’t pretend to know what will fix the perception problem surrounding migraines but it is causing a lot of suffering among a population that has suffered
    far too much already!!!!Cudos to you for finding such a smart solution!:)

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  • By migrainestpete

    Hi. Had to sign up for this site just to comment because I feel so strongly about this. I am also taking low dose methadone to treat the debilitating migraines I’ve had for 5 years. 2.5mg is enough so that I dont have to worry about losing my job and living a life of misery because of the pain.

    They were happening at least 3 times a week. Luckily an out of town friend, his wife gets a script from her doc for methadone for her migaines! So docs do prescribe them, its just hard to find one that will. I break up the pills to VERY small crumbs.

    My side effects are minimal. No high. I have to make sure to drink plenty of water all day, that’s all. Just wanted to add here that your methadone treatment is valid and working for other people out there! Wish you well.

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    • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

      @migrainestpete
      Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Many are reluctant to talk about treatments like this for fear of looking like an addict. I feel like we can’t judge anyone for taking a path that gives them relief. I commend you for sharing and giving details. This might help someone who has been thinking about methadone or suboxone as a way to manage their pain!
      Best Wishes!
      -Katie
      Migraine.com Moderator

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  • By mina0115

    I was also helped by methadone and Botox injections for migraines. No more being in the ER every week. It was awful and the worst time of my life having weekly migraines. Now I’m migraine free.

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  • By Galadhwen

    Thank you for this. I work in hospice with lots of patients on methadone for pain, but for some reason it hadn’t even occurred to me that it might be useful in a chronic pain context closer to home… I’ll add this to the list of things I haven’t tried yet that I can discuss with my neuro if current options don’t work out. So grateful that those above found relief!

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