I am sorry you are having this trouble and that now one has seen this post earlier. If your symptoms have not subsided, I would run to the nearest emergency room and get checked for signs of a stroke. That kind of numbness is not associated with migraines but could be signs of a stroke. At this point you are beyond the 3 hour window where much can be done about it, but you need medical advice anyway, and I hope that it is just a really bad migraine that is increasing in symptoms. You do need to be checked in any case. Everyone is different and if you have been having these kind of symtoms before, it may be just an acceleration of the same symptoms indicating a change in the migraines, which does happen over time. However, because one side of your body is effected, I would get it checked immediatly. I hope it is nothing seriouse, and you are better even as I write this. Good luck!View Thread
What kind of doctor have you seen? Your regular internist, a neurologist, or a headache specialist? You may try having your regular doctor have a full blood panel done before you turn to a specialist to see if you are deficient in anything that might be causing the problem. Low blood sugar is not the only thing that can cause a headache. Also look at your thyroid to see how that is functioning.View Thread
If you are taking a lot of excedrin migraine and advil, these both will cause rebound headaches which will keep the cycle of the migraines going from the caffeine content. The ER will most likely will give you a shot of Demerol to stop the headache, or perhaps they will give you imitrex or Toradol (ketorolac). Toradol has been great for me, but one has to catch the headache at the beginning when it starts, not at the rebound stage or it will do nothing. Demerol also has a nasty rebound as do all the opiates, so that won't help long tern. Find a pain clinic or pain doc to help you with this situation. You are going to have a few rough days which is why you need to have a a doctor supervising all this to ease the pain somewhat. The brain recognizes cold before pain, so if you are not already using ice on your head, start now.and it will work in bits, and they you have to give it a break. That should do it, and try not to drink any coffee either. Right now I am in the middle of a nasty rebound headache from a very bad migraine and it has been going on for 4 days, I will be into my 5th day shortly. Your neuro does not sound very helpful, so try to find a pain doc, or pain clinic that can help you through this. If you cannot find a pain doc, find any doc that will help you, even at the ER which should have a pain doc on staff. It is very hard to do alone, so get help before trying it. I have done it many many times and know all the signs, but I still check in with my pain doc just in case I should be doing something else. I know how debilitating this can be, but I think your medications are making the cycle worse, so you need to find someone to help you get off them. For the nausea try eating a white baked or boiled potato or a piece of white toast with jelly - nothing whole grain. If you don't have any in house, have a fried get it for you. Also ginger ale. You would be surprised how well they work. Good luck and hang in there. It will get better.View Thread
There is no specific waiting time before seeing a doctor, but if you are concerned about your headaches, and if they have changed in character, which it seems they have, then go ahead and make an appointment. Ask your regular doctor for a referral to a neurologist with a speciality in headaches. Depending on where you live, the appointment may take 1 to 6 months to schedule, and your insurance may or may not cover it so be prepared to pay up front. Start making a record of what you eat every day, when your headaches start and stop, where they are on your head, and be very descriptive. Note weather changes on a daily basis, a sleep record of when you go to sleep, when you wake up, if you slept well or badly, and if you had a particulary active or slow day, or day out of the ordinary where you went to bed later than usual. Also keep a record of the severity of your headaches on a scale of 1-10, 1 being the lowest, 10 being the highgest. It sounds like a lot of time on your part, but once you get used to doing it, it will just take about 15 minutes per day. Purchase a small date-book just for this purpose and carry it around with you so you can make notes all day. The neuro you have an appointment with will probably send you about a 10 page form to fill out and all this information will help you answer the questions. You will get more definitive answers, and better tx plan if you start with a headache doc, than going with a doc that does not know much about headaches to start. If the headaches become really bad while you wait for an app't, call the doctor, explain to the nurse what is going on, ask for an emergency app't or a cancellation app't and they will get you in. Make sure you fill out the applcation form as soon as you get it.
I am sorry you are suffering so much. There is a lot of information out there, more than there used to be, so stick with it, and have your fiance accompany you whenever possible to your dr app'ts, because it is hare to stay clear, and take good notes when it is you the doc is talking about. Try to get an app't with a headache specialist who is a neurologist. Most neurologists don't specialize in headaches. Neurology is a very big field, and if you go to a neurologist whos interest is strokes you will not get good information. Also look up on this website the discussion about Topomax. There is a lot of good information there, and this drug, although it can work miracles for some, has a lot of side effects especially with the generic version. I am not surprised at the pain it caused, it does some wierd things and everyone is different. Most of the medications I have taken in my 41 yrs of suffering with migraines have worked once, and once only. You are not alone in this. This is why you need to find a headache neurologist or a headache clinic. Good luck, and I hope all this helps.View Thread
My headaches are very different than those you are describing, but I would waste no time, especially because your boyfriend has lost so much weight, and is vomiting so much to go to a specialty headache clinic where they can put him under close observation for about 2 weeks and find out what the problem is. I would reccommend the Diamond Clinic in Michigan - they are very helpful, and will get you in as soon as they can. If he has insurance it will probably cover it, if not it will be worth it to scrape the money up from somewhere because it sounds more serious that certainly I have encountered in my 41 years of migraine history. I have never heard of a leak between one's nose and one's brain, and on that non-specific information alone I would ask the current doctor for a referral to he Diamond clinic post haste. An inpatient stay at one of these clinics can do more in 2 weeks than can be done in a year of tx as an outpatient. Good luck.View Thread
Based on all the discussions, I think you still need to find out what kind of headache you have, whether it is a sinus headache or a migraine, or something else. A migraine is very easy to diagnose, and some of your medications may have interactions that are causing a panic response, everyone is different in how they respond to various meds, so what is printed on the box is not always valid. Carptecrawler5 is right about going to the mfr. website. Free samples are usually available through them, and most states have plans for those with very low incomes to help with medical costs. That said, a migraine can be identified easily if it is, on one side of the head, is a throbbing or stabbing kind of pain making it hard to stand up, causes tearing on the side that is effected, and produces sensitivity to light and sound. On this website there is a definition for the various kinds of headaches - migraine, sinus, tension, cluster, etc. so you can get an idea of what kind of doc to consult. I would ask what doc gave you the Maxalt and the loratadine in the first place, and what their diagnosis of your headache is? I think you need a referral to the best headache neuro you can find, and work out a payment plan, or go to a headache clinic where the fees are lower but the wait is longer and also put yourself on the cancellation list. Keep a good record of your headaches, the meds you take, the food you eat, and the weather or anything else that might be triggering the headache - like chocolate, lack of sleep, change in routine, cold fronts (rain) coming in, etc. There is a lot of help for every kind of headache these days, but a correct diagnosis is key and often that is the most difficult piece of the puzzle. Good luck.View Thread
Is your appointment with a neuro who specializes in headaches or just as general neurologist. If it is not a headache neuoro I would cancel the appointment, go to your internist and push for an emergency referral to a headache clinic or a headache neurologist in your area, or a pain clinic in your area. Start keeping track of what you are eating and what is triggering your headaches. Also note what time of day the migraines start, how long they last and on a scale of one to 10 how you would rate them - even during the time you have the migraine, when they are a 10 and when they fall back to and 8 or a 5, and how often you are taking the medication you have, and whether you are drinking coffee, or taking other over the counter meds, such as excedrin migraine. Note down what the weather is like, if a cold front has just come through, if you have had a change in your sleep schedule that was not planned, anything that is out of your normal routine. Keep a daily diary of everything you eat at each meal. This sounds tedious, I know but it is vital information for your doctor. The 26th is only 4 weeks away, and you need at least 4 weeks of information for your doctor, so hold on, and if your doc is not a headache doc, you are going to have to get another app't anyway, hopefully your internist or another doctor will get you an appointment more quickly. Also make a list of all the medications you have taken, both for your headaches, and any other meds you have take for other issues, dosages, and for how long, so the headache neuro can have as complete a picture of your situation as possible.
To help with the pain, have an ice bag handy at all times - the brain recognizes cold before pain, and it will dull the pain quite well. Wrap a towel around the bag if it is too cold, and never put it directly on your eye, just around it. Also you can put your feet in a tub of hot water and that will draw the blood away from your head and give you some relief as long as your feet are in the water. These are just interim solutions and will not take care of your pain for any length of time. Whatever doctor you are scheduled for, call the scheduling person, tell them your situation, and asked to be put on the cancellation list, because people do cancel, and be prepared to go, if they call you the night before and as you if you can come in at 8:30 the next morning.
Unfortunately, coffee causes rebound headaches so I have stopped drinking anything with caffeine in it, or taking any kind of medication that has caffeine as its main ingredient - like excedrine migraine. Tea doesn't help either, and chocolate is out as well - hated to give that one up. I was on indomethecin for 10 years when 1 neuro thought I had hemicrania continua but I was taking 2x the recommended dose and all it did was destoy my stomach lining. TENS does not work for me, and I was part of the original study for that machine, but I could give it another try, because I am sure they are better than they were in the study phase which was maybe 25 yrs. ago, so that it a good suggestion and I will look into it. I go to bed with ice more nights than not, and I have had not had corticosteriord injections in my neck, but my doc is looking into it, so when I see her this week, I'll bring it up - thanks for reminding me.
I have had so many tx protocols over the years it is hard to get them all straight. I am adopted so I have no family history to help me with all of this - but in the end, I just have to keep trying until I find something that will work. So far, I have not found anything that lasts for more than a few weeks. Thanks for the suggestions.View Thread