How good of you to be there for your boyfriend. Yes, I have since encountered a number of people who got severe migraines following a stroke which does make it very difficult to treat. Since I wrote that, I am far better. You mentioned that your boyfriend has tried Botox. Was the dose significantly increased after it didn't work? That's what needs to be done, as my injections didn't work until the dose was increased. I went on Butrans patches which have stopped all of my ER visits.
Plus since my posting when I severely depressed, my doctor told me to get counseling and increase my anti-depressant. I told her that since it was situational, no drug could possibly help. I did not have the time to get counseling, but just increasing the anti-depressant, completely cured my depression a month later. I couldn't believe it! I still had the same terrible life. And I believe that the anti-depressant also helped a little with the pain level as they are known to also be pain killers. So I would recommend that to you also.
Also I really need the nerve block and trigger point injections, which also have helped me. Plus when I stopped taking the herbal Petadolex, Magnesium and CoQ10, I got the worst migraine since my stroke, so that convinced me that those were necessary as well.Now my migraines are mild most days and I have adjusted to my limited life style and am very happy with what I do have in my life.
Please let me know if your boyfriend has tried what I have talked about. I'm not in your part of the country, but your boyfriend needs a pain management doctor. Wish you the best.View Thread
I would follow your doctor's advice and take the Effexor which could help some with your fatigue, confusion and memory as these are also symptoms of people with depression. Not that you are depressed, although I'm surprised with your new disabilities that you wouldn't be. Give the Effexor a good month to work. It may help much sooner. And you also may need the dose to be increased.View Thread
I believe that you are probably taking Topamax which is a daily preventative migraine medication. If it hasn't helped you at all in over a month's time, then you need to try a different one. There a number of them. If none of the preventative meds work, then you would have a very good chance of Botox injections helping you. That's what helped me a lot. What other drug are you taking?View Thread
Yes, severe headaches can last. My severe migraines caused by my stroke have lasted for the past 5 years since my stroke. But there are treatments for them. Hope that your husband no longer has them.View Thread
Yes, it could be. Has he seen a doctor about it? Also a majority of stroke survivors have sleep apnea. Ask for a sleep study for your husband which could help prevent him from having another stroke. I got a completely normal sleep study in the year before my stroke. After my stroke, I had not only obstructive apnea but central apnea where the brain doesn't tell the muscles to breath.View Thread
I'm not sure that I'm understanding you. Do you mean that after getting strength back in your arm, that then your arm has gotten weaker? If so, that doesn't sound like the way it should be IF you are doing the exact exercises that were given to you in physical therapy. Just working out in the gym may not be enough. But sometimes stroke disabilities can show up years later, so maybe so. I would see a doctor about it. I would be interested in what the doctor has to say.View Thread