You do have bunch of other symptoms as well as the migraine, so I hope that they will keep testing you. But just to have to let you know that Fioricer is a pain pill as well as Zomig and Imitrex I believe. And if you take any pain reliever more than 2 times a week, you risk rebound migraines. But Fioricet has an especailly high risk of rebound migraines. So your constant migraines could be direct result of your ignorant doctor. I fired my first neurologist when I found out that he just put me on 24/7 pain pills without considering anything else. There are daily preventative migraine pills, as well as various injections, etc. to treat your migraines. And BTW I was not helped by steroids at all either, but a lot of other treatments did help me a lot. I would ask the 2nd neurologist for the daily preventative meds as well as testing for all your other symptoms, but I see that you've probably already had that appointment.
I would in that case be interested in what the 2nd neurologist had to say. Hope that you'll let me know and certainly wish you the best. SaraView Thread
To chock, What have you tried so far. I know of many treatments to help with my initially 24/7 severe migraines after a stroke. But I need to know about your migraine and what you have tried already.View Thread
To b_goddess_1978, If the migraine pills haven't helped you, there are some other things that can help you. I'm assuming that you were taking daily preventative migraine pills. None of the pills worked for me either, untl I took Petadolex which studies showed reduced migraines by 72%.
Also if the daily pills don't work for you, you are eligible for Botox injections which have worked the best for me. You have to get to a high enough dose and may need several tries.
Please let me know if you have tried either of these or whether you think that you will try these.View Thread
In short, I'm taking a daily preventative migraine medication, get Botox injections every 10 weeks, get trigger point and nerve block injections every 4 weeks and wear a 24/7 opiate patch called a Butrans patch. I also apply an anti-inflammation gel almost every day that does not get into my blood stream, but usually calms down my developing headaches. I am careful to try not to take any abortive pain relievers (even OTC ones) more than 2 times a week, or rebound headaches can occur.
I am happy to give you any more details about these treatments. It's probably best if you can give me some details about your current treatment.View Thread
It doesn't sound like you've gotten very good help if you've only been treated with pain killers. What about daily preventative migraine medication? What about trigger point, nerve block or Botox injections? Most people who have migraines do NOT show anything on the imaging tests. Those MRI, MRA and CT scans are to determine if you have a more serious condition like a brain aneurysm, or multiple schlerosis. So you do need better medical help. Glad that you are traveling out of your country for some better care.
There are many things that can be done to improve your migraines. So take heart and know that you can be better.View Thread
Yes, with indescribable pain, you should go to the hospital. It could be a stroke. My stroke started with severe, characteristically different migraines, then I had a full stroke with paralysis and lack of speech about 3 weeks later.
Probably you're not having a stroke, but you need help if you have this much pain--at the hospital.
Also, what medications have you been on to help your migraines? What treatments, such as injections, have you tried? Then I can be of more help to you.
I looked you up and saw that you are considering microvascular decompression surgery!!! Why are you considering that before trying other treatments first? So many things can go wrong from surgery.
When do you have your appointment to find out how many units of Botox you got. OR you could call his/her office and ask a nurse to tell you or ask for a copy of the doctor's report from your visit. My neurologist just raised my dose from 225 to 245 and I have never had such relief from my migraines.
Also ask about the nerve block and trigger point injections. Also ask about the Butrans patch which has kept me out of my frequent ER visits since I raised it to the middle dose. And I only went to the ER when the pain was intolerable and all I could do was vomit. Mine have been very severe. But you should start with the lowest dose of 5 mcg first.
Also, your insurance wouldn't cover it, but Petadolex was the only daily preventative med that helped me. Studies show that it reduces migraines by 72%.
Let me know if any of these remedies might work for you. It could turn your whole life around like it did mine. I've had severe 24/7 migraines caused by a major stroke which makes it extremely difficult to treat and I've been told by 4 different doctors that I may have them for the rest of my life. But now, I have mild migraines most days.
(Except I did get a bad batch of Botox which apparently wasn't kept at the right temp before it reached the medical facility. My doctor said that he has divided a Botox vial amongst 3 people who will all call up and tell him that it didn't work. So don't judge by just one time at a certain dose.)
Migraines are so terrible and impact our lives so greatly. Good luck.View Thread
Did your Botox injections work? I see that you suddenly stopped posting a year ago. Is that because you got terrific relief? If not, you may not have gotten enough units of it. And occasionally the doses aren't any good due to poor storage problems. So it could be worth another try. Let me know. I've had terrific results from my Botox injections.View Thread
You don't mention any treatments or medications that have been prescribed to treat your headaches. Have you gotten any meds or treatments?
The reason why they do the CT scan is to rule out any more serious illnesses that you might have, such as multiple sclerosis or a brain aneurysm. Or the blood tests can easily treat other maladies. Many people do not show any clinical reason for their terrible migraines, but they still get treatment. The first most common first step is to give you a daily preventative migraine medication, because taking any pain reliever, even OTC ones, can cause bad rebound headaches.
There are many other medications and other treatments for migraines. So I agree to go to a neurologist or a pain management doctor.
And don't believe that your horrible headaches are from your sinuses. If they are truly horrible, as mine were, two neurologists, a pulmonologist and a second opinion from another ENT doctor, all told me that in no way could my severe migraines be caused by my sinus infection--which I still had.
The first ENT doctor recommended surgery which he said might not help my migraines. He was right, that it would never have helped my migraines.
I understand. And I did have steroids in my nerve block injections for about 9 months until I noticed muscle weakness and had the steroids taken out. Also I was put on Prednizone pills when I first got my distinctly different migraines. My migraines just got worse on the steroids.View Thread