My experience with chiropractor is very poor, I don't know anybody who had any good outcome with headaches with them. Ask yourself this, why are you going to a bone doctor for a brain problem?
Now, about the Lyrica. How long have you been taking it? Do you think you're having bad side effects? Perhaps you should report them to the prescribing doctor. There are plenty of people who can't take Lyrica, so don't accept those weird feelings. If you go to rxlist.com and research Lyrica you'll find a lot of good info about it.
For now try these things to build up your system and help it until you get to that December appointment.
Drink plenty of water and get on a decent sleep schedule
Eat good food, cut down on fast food and stuff out of boxes
Don't have too many caffeine drinks, slowly taper down to 1-2 a day
Cutting down too fast can give you headaches, so go slow
Drink green tea, at least 1 cup daily
Magnesium, 600 mg each day
Butterbur, 75 mg each, morning and night (must be Petadolex
version to avoid toxicity problems)
B vitamins, take a good multi B pill
CoQ10, 100 mg each, morning and night, ubiquinol formula is best
Learn about medication overuse headaches. Taking too many over the counter pills can be a huge problem and cause headaches. This might not be a problem for you, but it doesn't hurt to know about it.
Will your primary care physician prescribe any headache/migraine meds? Good ones are in the "triptans" class. Read up on them and find out which ones are covered by your pharmacy insurance, take that list to your dr appointments to help. Imitrex and maxalt are generic now, maybe,some others are also. But prescriptions are always up to the professionals of course.
Let me get a quick summary here. For about 2 weeks you've had a migraine that has been increasing in strength. You've taken migraine meds (what type?) but they haven't had any impact.
It's time to get an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can to break this one. She might prescribe a short term dose of steroids, something for the nausea, and maybe a few days of low dose triptans. Or the doc may do something else entirely. If you're really bad, please consider going to the ER or an after hours clinic for treatment.
In the future, please don't wait for someone here to answer. As you can see, this board isn't always active. I hope you're able to see someone Wednesday and the treatment is successful.
Sorry you're feeling so much pain for so long. I only have some general ideas for you, sorry I can't be of more help.
Are you seeing a headache specialist? Usually that will be a neurologist, but not all neuros are headache specialists. A family physician or GP can be helpful, but with your level of problems, a specialist is necessary.
If you are seeing a headache specialist and not seeing improvement, perhaps consider changing to another one. Do you have a teaching hospital or medical school nearby? They can have excellent options for physicians.
Are you taking any vitamins or supplements? If you have otherwise generally good health please consider taking these. Run these by your doctor first, of course. And please do your own research to see if these will work for you.
*Magnesium, 500-600 mg (start at 200/day and add more each week)
*B2, I take a B-complex pill, don't remember the dosage
*Butterbur (Petadolex version only), 75 mg morning and night. This is good for the blood vessels in your brain. I find it very effective at reducing the number and intensity of migraines, but it takes 45-60 days to take full effect.
*CoQ10, 100 mg morning and night
*Some people also take feverfew and boswelia. I don't know the doses, I'm sure you can find that info pretty easily.
A good website is migraine.com. It is run by migraineurs, not docs or pharma. They have daily postings, good write ups on meds and triggers, lifestyle, lists of docs, forums, and other pertinent information. I would recommend it to anyone who is affected by chronic headache.
And then there are the alternative treatments. Acupuncture, Cognitive Behavior Training (CBT), meditation, lifestyle changes, elimination diets, and other things like them can be very effective in managing any chronic pain condition.
So there you go. Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you get some answers soon.
Very good work you've done there! Amazing that you were able to find out more than our doctors were able to uncover until recently. Or maybe they only started believing it recently?
I think a lot of people on this board are aware of those herbs, minerals, and supplements. Most of us with chronic pain have researched and are using alternative options in one form or another. I take all of them except feverfew daily. Your cocktail is expensive, costing over $100 a month, on top of our medications.
The trick is getting high enough doses and understanding interactions with migraine preventatives and abortives, or organ impact. Feverfew interacts with NSAIDs so it's out for me. Butterbur at 150mg daily is wonderful if you take the Petadolex form, which can be prohibitively expensive when you're also taking a handful of $$ meds every day. Right now I'm taking the non-Petadolex form with my neuro's blessing, but worrying that my liver will pay a price for that.
Then quickly: quality CoQ10 at 200mg a day is expensive. 600mg magnesium daily has side effects that need a bit of attention, at least it's inexpensive! B2 is best taken in a few doses during the day else it just goes down the drain. B2 is cheap and easy to manage, yay for that!
If your girlfriend finds good relief with the cocktail, that's really wonderful. I'd suggest she also identify her triggers and learn to avoid or manage them, that will make a tremendous difference in her life. migraine.com is a great site for all kinds of information about living with migraine. Their work with triggers is unmatched.
Ok, that's enough for tonight. I commend your work to help your girlfriend. You've uncovered a lot of good stuff there!!! Naturopathic medicine research would be a good match for you.
For the neck, if you have CVS stores close get FibroCream. It's new and works well to relieve stiff sore muscles, not much scent so shouldn't bother your migraine. It'll help quickly and might even ease the headache a little.
Send someone out to get it for you if you can, I hope your store has it. It's about $15 a tube, but lasts a long time. It'll be in the section with bengay and that stuff.
I'm sorry you're in so much pain, it's time to get to a doctor. I'll guess you're having a migraine, sure sounds like it. If the OTC pills aren't helping, quit taking them, they might actually be contributing to the migraine at this point. If you drink a lot of coffee or other caffeine, try to scale that back, but go slow on that. Ice on your head might feel really good, sunglasses indoors and soft squishy earplugs FTW.
How about calling in sick for a day or two and taking care of yourself? Does your employment situation allow for that? I do understand that it's not always possible, been there myself.
If you can't get to your regular doctor quickly, please consider heading to one of those after hours clinics or an ER. But don't ask for painkiller meds! They see us as drug abusers sometimes. Tell them Imitrex has worked in the past so they know you're not completely naive.
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I don't have much experience with essential oils, mostly because scents are one of my major triggers, especially peppermint. But another site migraine.com has had a few articles about using them. You might find more info or other people there. Plus it's a pretty great site for migraine help.
It's not uncommon to have headaches during teen years, but they should always be checked when the pain is bothering you as much as yours. I'm not going to try to guess what's going on but will ask questions.
--How is your sleep? Do you get at least 8 hrs of uninterrupted sleep almost every night? It's really crucial for people your age, and 9-10 would be even better. Your brain is in a very changing and growing mode, sleep is important right now.
--Will you please adjust that monitor to a more reasonable display? Your eyes and brain are compensating for that 0/100 setting. Those organs are not designed to read electronic displays so give them a break and make it a milder interface for them to deal with.
Please discuss this w your parents and ask them to make an appt with the doctor for you. Unless you're emancipated they'll need to be involved all along.