I also have migraine and tension headaches. My treatment for migraine headaches are fioricet w/codeine 30mg. and Phenergan 25 mg., sumatriptan 100 mg. and now atenolol. All of these medications have helped so much with my migraine headaches.
One more thing though. My daughter never had migraine headaches until last year. It got so bad that she went to the ER and they ran all kinds of tests and all were normal. Finally, she went to a neurologist and after he ordered more tests he saw that there was a problem but wasn't sure how to diagnose it. He sent her to a well known neurosurgeon and that dr. knew in seconds after he looked at her tests what was wrong. My daughter had a major vein on the one side of her frontal lobe in her brain that was almost shut down. It was supposed to have spinal fluid in it, but it was almost flat instead of being full. Her neurosurgeon scheduled her for brain surgery the following week and sure enough that was the problem. Now she is not having any type of headaches at all. She is suffering from severe neck pain though. That is another story altogether.
If you do not get better with medications, I suggest that you go see another neurologist and don't stop until you have an answer. The neurosurgeon saved my daughter's life. In fact he said if this was not diagnosed she probably would have died from the severity of the problem at a later time.
I hope that you find another dr. and wish you good luck. meaningfulc1952View Thread
I have had tension and migraine headaches since I was a teenager. I am 60 yrs. old now. I finally found a wonderful neurologist to help me. He has been prescribing fioricet w/codeine 30 mg. and Phenergan 25 mg. for nausea and sumatriptan for the migraines. He also has been giving me botox injections in my neck. My neck is so stiff and always hard to move without having a lot of pain.
I would absolutely change to another neurologist asap and try some of the other meds and treatments. Also, atenolol taken at night helps prevent migraine headaches. I just started on that new med and it is helping a lot. Since I started taking the atenolol I have many less headaches. I am really surprised too. Atenolol is for blood pressure problems I think.
Believe me, any dr. that says there is nothing else to try for migraine headaches well, they don't sound like they are up on the newest treatments that are available. If it were me, I would sure find a new dr.
I have had headaches migraine and tension ones since I was a teen and now I am 60 yrs. I am having botox treatments, but do not get that much relief even with them. Have a pm dr and neurologist too. This is about my 42yr. old daughter and what happened to her. Abt Sept. this yr. my daughter started having severe, and shocking headaches. After exhausting all types of MRI's, ct scans, etc. and seeing a neurologist there was no clear diagnosis as to what was causing her headaches. Very recently she was referred to a neurosurgeon in TX and we all went to that appt. last week. The new dr. looked at these tests on the computer and said there is a blockage on one side where this vein does not get adequate blood supply. In fact he said that it looked like it was not open at all. At that appt. just last week, he scheduled her for brain surgery for this week on 12-12-12 in the Med Center in Houston. This dr. is the head of the neurosurgery and only sees patients once a week. He is also a professor on the other days. After the surgery was done he told us that the vein on the one side of her brain was so pinched closed that she would have died if it had not been caught so soon. In other words, a blood clot would kill her if he had not found the REAL problem. We were all shocked and scared. I have to say that my daughter just came home after 3 days in the hospital. Amazing! The bottom line to all of you that get headaches is if you get a headache that is the most horrific and you never had them please go to the ER and keep pursuing whatever is causing your headaches. Originally, the first 2 drs. thought that she had migraines and or tension headaches and that was not the cause at all. I hope that his will be of some help to you all that are just getting headaches and have not been fully diagnosed by your own drs.
As for my headaches they are migraines and tension ones and they drive me crazy. I take 2 different muscle relaxers and lexapro, sumatriptan, and have pain mgt. dr. that prescribes methadone a total of 80 millagrams in one day. My headaches started when I was a teen, but later in my 20's, I was told that I had TMJ and the oral surgeons that I saw all told me that I needed to have total jaw joint replacement. After 6 major jaw surgeries I am left in chronic pain. The last jaw surgery was in 1995 in Dallas. That surgery lasted 13 hrs. long. When I looked at my face I looked like someone beat the tar out of my face. It was black and blue and very swollen. All that I can say in my case is that I was told originally that if I had jaw surgery my headaches would go away. Well the rest is history. They just got worse.
If any of you have the most severe, horrific headache and never had one before like that please go to the ER and then follow up with the appropiate drs.. I can assure you in my daughter's case it saved her life. That is what her surgeon told her.
Hi to All that get Headaches! This message is to anyone that has headaches and their dr. just does not know what is causing them. In my case, I have migraines and tension headaches. If someone gets a headache and normally does not and the headache persists, then please get medical help. If your primary dr. dismisses your complaint, then I would say, please see a neurologist. In other words, do not give up until you know what is going on. This could save your life if you pursue getting help for the headaches. That's all folks. I am not a Dr., but I have learned a lot about the different type of headaches that people get.
I have had migraine headaches all of my adult life and have taken valium, phenergan and fioricent w/codeine for the pain and also sumatriptan especially when the migraine is so severe. Recently I started getting botox treatments in my neck and shoulder areas to try and get more relief of these headaches. My neurologist is going to increase the amount of botox this next time that I get the botox next week. Does anyone that has migraines get botox treatments? If so, how do you think it works for you. I would really appreciate any info about this. I also have total jaw joint replacement bilaterally and that does cause my headaches. In the late 1970's I had TMJ and then the oral surgeon I saw said that I needed to have total jaw joint replacement. After seeing 7 different oral surgeons I decided to have the surgery. Back then these drs. were putting in the Vitek jaw implants. If anyone knows about these I would appreciate hearing from you. There were only about 26,000 patients that received the Vitek implants. The FDA recalled them in 1990 or 1991. I had my Vitek jaw implants surgically removed and gave them to the FDA and they sent them to Washington to have them analyzed by the orthopedic department in the Department of Defense. I am not kidding either. I have the letter from the dr. that took a year to analyze my explanted implants. These Vitek implants are/were very dangerous to any person that had them. They caused a foreign body reaction to the patients that had them. Now I have the all metal Christensen jaw implants bilaterally and I know that they are loose. I am also a chronic pain patient due to the pain in my jaw and neck and the headaches.View Thread
Hi Sara, I had my botox treatments yesterday and they were stronger than the first time. It is amazing, but I do not have the kind of pain that I had the first time after having botox. I do not remember the strength, but it sure worked well so far.
I have had an occipital nerve block and had a very bad reaction to it. I do not plan on having any more injections in my neck for the time being.
I have had physical therapy over the past years starting in the 70's and also last year. Unfortunately, I did not have any relief except when the therapist did the deep massage into my neck. She wouldn't do more than the one that I had. She was weird! I never went back after she had my therapy messed up with someone elses and I was the one that suffered from her mistake.
Hi itmatsb: Thank-you for your info. I have only had the botox treatment once, but tomorrow I am going to have a stronger botox treatment. The first time I had botox my neck swelled up and the pain was awful. I couldn't believe how bad the pain was until the day after the injections. The first day that I had them I felt no pain at all. That was a wonderful day for sure.
Yes, I have tried physical therapy over the years ever since the 70's and usually have not had much relief at all. I do have 3 and more disks in my neck and back that are a real mess. I did talk to a neurosurgeon about having neck surgery. He told me that he did not recommend me having it.
I have had one occupital nerve block and it was a pain management dr. that did that. Unfortunately, the outcome was real bad. I would never consider having any more nerve blocks, or any kind of injections in my neck because the pain was so extremely bad when I had the occipital nerve block some years ago.
I do take meds for my migraines and chronic pain in my jaw and neck. They have been a life saver for me. I just wish that my pain mgt. dr. would up the dose of methadone that he prescribes. Two years ago I had a great pain dr. and he prescribed more of the methadone and meds for breakthru pain. Unfortunately he died and I had to look for a new pain mgt. dr. Thanks for the info. I sure appreciate that.View Thread
When I was 12 yrs. old and started my period that was when my headache problems began. After multiple jaw surgeries and neck injuries I now suffer from chronic headaches which are all different. The tension headache is one and the migraines are also different too. Having seen so many neurologists over the past 30 yrs., I finally have some hope that botox injections will help my headaches. My new neuro dr. is much younger than me, but he knows what I am talking about. So now I am waiting for approval from my 2 insurances so I can get these botox injections. My dr. will be starting in my neck area where those muscles are like knots and feel like they are strangling me. The only migraine med that has helped me is the imitrex. Those ins. co. sure don't allow enough of those to be filled each month though. Currently I get more than 10 migraine headaches per month. That is no way to have to live. Pain rules my life and controls my ability to plan "fun" things, such as going to a movie, visiting my dad, etc.View Thread