Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Oh the holidays

So this holiday season was rough on me, migraine wise at least. I had a bad run from the Saturday before Christmas till, well, I may still be in it!

I think I have had my worst migraine ever. It started this past Saturday. I awoke with it at 6 a.m. and it just didn't stop. It lasted all day Saturday, Sunday and finally broke on Monday, right before it would be considered Status Migrainous.

For those of you unfamiliar with Status Migrainous, its when a migraine attack lasts longer then 72 hours. This is with not counting while you are sleeping. If there is less then 4 hours pain free during that time frame, then you are in Status Migrainous. It increases your risk for stroke. You should at this point, call your doctor or seek attention at the ER or IMCC.

Most of the time, the ER can give you DHE injection, magnesium sulfate IV, Toderal, or narcotics. I personally advise against the narcotics approach and would say up front that I wish to NOT be treated with narcotics.

See, a big problem migrainuers face is that drug seekers use "migraines" and "back pain" as a way to score narcotics from the ER. So, that being said, sometimes, you may run into some resistance from the ER staff. If you say up front you'd rather not have narcotics, this may get you treatment faster and the help you need without the glaring eye.

My pain finally went away - just in the nick of time. I had to take 3 Frova over the course of 3 days, Skelaxin and I think maybe there was some advil in there too. I also took Tigan for nausea which was horrid!!!!

I hope that is as bad as it ever gets, and I never have to go through it again.

I did, however, make an appointment with a new Neurologist, which is on 1/22/08. I am also trying to get into a headache clinic and I am awaiting a call back from them.

I had a mild - I say mild because compaired to the last one, this was a walk in the park! - migraine today. I think one Frova and two Skelaxin seems to have done the trick.

Let's hope this is the last of it and I get some pain free days for a while! That would be nice!

1 comment:

ayala said...

I know exactly what you are talking about. Last week I had a severe migraine headache which lasted for two days. I ended up going to ER. The first shot (Toderal) did not help and after I recieved the second drug which I guess it is called "diluded" knocked me down plus vomiting for six hours. It was a horrible experience. Why do we have to go through this? I feel sorry for my kids who suffer with me.