I am 32 and have had migraines since I was 17. My junior year of high school I was in a car accident. Our car was rear ended at a stoplight. A bunch of nerves and muscles in the right side of my neck was torn. I was told then that my normal every day headaches would be worse. The doctor explained that a regular headache that any one else would rate as a 1 or 2, mine would be a 4 or 5. Not the case. My “normal every day headache” was a 9 or 10.
I have spent the past 6 years going through physical therapy, having cat scans, MRIs, MRAs, blood tests, med changes, and doctors. I was put on imitrex along with my celexa which i take for anxiety. The imitrex worked great but was only allowed 10 pills a month. When you have migraines 5 to 6 days a week 10 pills dont last long. I was then switched to toprimate. It slowed my migraines down to an average of 3 a week for the first couple of months. Now I am back to my usual 5 or 6. I have had to quit working outside the home and am now babysitting in my home which is a challenge when you live almost every day in pain.
I was told a year ago that I have “a chronic migraine condition” and was sent to a headache and pain specialist. This so called specialist who is located approx. 2.5 hours from where I live was a joke. He put me through the same tests I had already had done (which he knew had been done because of my 7 inch thick pile of medical records in his lap), went over my meds and pretty much told me there was nothing visibly wrong and they couldn’t do anything else.
I am exhausted all the time and my brain literally feels like it’s going to explode every second of every day. I am always on edge and on the verge of ripping everyone’s head off. My anxiety is through the roof and I am constantly having anxiety attacks. The pain in my head has sent me into a downward spiral and I just want my body to be able to relax.
So what’s the next step?