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  • By Michelle32

    Hello everyone,

    I’m obviously new here. I’ve had chronic headaches since I was around 14. I am now 22, so it has only been 8 years. I have had this particular headache for 6 months. I got into MHNI and they are now running my insurance. I leave for MHNI on the 26th, and will be evaluated the 27th. They said I will most likely be inpatient. I’ve been reading this forum quite a bit. I had a few questions about MHNI.

    1) Are they one of the best in the US?
    2) What do you do there? Is it like counseling, pain psychologists, etc?
    And,
    3) Do they put a picc line in you?

    Thanks so much,

    Michelle

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    Also, another question is, what should I bring? I know a pillow and a blanket and the necessities. What else do I need to bring?

    Thanks,

    Michelle

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Michelle32,

    Thank you for your questions. I wish I had the answers for you, but I’ve never been to MNHI. We do have information from another member who has been there you can find here; https://migraine.com/topic/michigan-head-pain-and-neurological-institute-chelsea-inpatient-program/.

    I did take a look at their site, and they have some travel planning information you can see here; http://mhni.com/travel-planning.

    Take a look at that information I hope it helps!
    Nancy

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  • By Michelle32

    So, I leave for MHNI in 2 days. I am very nervous and glad that I am going, because I have been in excruciating pain the past few days. I’m ready to get relief.

    Michelle

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  • By Michelle32

    I had my appointment Wednesday and they agreed that I need to be inpatient. Now, we are all waiting for the insurance to approve it. My pain level has been pretty bad today, so I have done nothing but sleep. Ready for this pain to be over with! I am glad that they agreed I need to be inpatient and not outpatient. I learned a lot from the doctors appointments and am ready to begin treatment.

    Thanks,

    Michelle

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  • By Michelle32

    So, insurance approved me yesterday, and I was admitted last night. They have not been able to get an IV into me yet, so I will be getting a pic line soon. I’ve had shots of Toradol, Benadryl, and Reglan. I’ve also had Klonopin to help me sleep. I also had a nerve block today. So far, my headache is still at a 3, although the nerve block did numb my head for a while.

    I will keep you guys updated.

    Michelle

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  • By Michelle32

    I have been at Chelsea hospital for almost 2 weeks now. First, I caught the flu, then viral pneumonia, so we got sidetracked. They tried Benadryl, Toradol, and Reglan. Then Benadryl, Toradol and Magnesium. Then Norflex and Magnesium. Now, I am on DHE, Norflex, and Zofran. I also have the choice of abortives. Most of those have not worked. I also had another nerve block yesterday that helped. I am now at a 2. They are discharging me Tuesday, since the DHE is helping me now. It feels great to be at a 2!!!!

    Michelle

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Thank you for the update. I’m happy to hear you are getting some relief, but sorry about the flu and pneumonia – that doesn’t sound fun.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for continued success!!

    Nancy

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  • By Michelle32

    So I am headed home.

    I was in the hospital for 2 weeks. They sent me home with Klonopin, DHE Injectables, and tons of other medicines. I am feeling a ton better and my headache is completely gone. Mind you, it has come back and I have already had to give myself a DHE shot, but it went right away.

    I call this a successful trip.

    Michelle

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