Doctor Rant - Update Page 3

Suzie,

I too have some major petpeeves about Dr.s and Dr.s offices! I can feel a migraine starting just thinking about it!!! They think they are God sometimes! Such primadonnas some of them are (not ALL).

I also have migraines and took the Imitrex route for a long time. It didn’t do much for me. (The nasal spray is great though if the migraine causes your stomach to freeze and you can’t digest a pill).

I don’t like ANY daily preventative medicine if it’s for something you don’t get often. It puts MUCH unnecessary stress on your liver especially if you only need the medicine only a few days per month.

What I take now is Fioricet. It’s got Codeine in it, if you’re not allergic to it, it’s the BEST stuff!!! Codeine is supposed to make you drowsy but it actually makes ME hyper so hubby comes home, the furniture’s been rearranged, he looks at me and says “you had a headache today, didn’t you?!?” LOL!
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But seriously, try [B]Fioricet[/B] ([B]Butabital [/B]is the generic name). It’s AMAZING for migraines and will also take care of any other pain if you really need it, but shouldn’t be abused.

I used to have the type of migraines that keeps me in bed for days with a pillow over my head and the sound of a dog hair falling on the ground could send me up the walls! LOL. (That’s only a SLIGHT exaggeration). I’m not the type who can sit or lay still very long, so that would drive me craaaaaaaaazy!

Now I’m medicated and very happy about it.:roflhard:

You all were so supportive before so I thought I’d give you an update.

I just went back to the doctor yesterday after having 4 migraines in the last month. My blood pressure was 90/60 and he agreed that this wasn’t the medication for me. He suggested the antidepressant again (amna . . something) and I gave him all of my concerns (young child at home, husband travels, can’t afford to be drowsey). He mentioned that if I take it at night it shouldn’t affect me that much but we’d keep a close eye on it. My biggest concern is that I wouldn’t be able to wake up if my son cries in the middle of the night - he said that it’s not something that would knock me out.

Since my husband is traveling alot in the next month he’s trying one more blood pressure medicine before we move on to a different one.

He explained to me that he prefers to treat migraines first with the blood pressure medicine, then with the anti-depressants and then if needed the Topamax. He actually said that he prefers not to prescribe Topamax at all and would have me see a neurologist or head ache specialist first since he’s just a Family Doctor. That made me feel so much better.

Lesson learned: I need to speak directly to the doctor, continue to ask questions and express all of my concerns. Calling in and talking to him through a nurse only leads to frustation.

He also was supportive and told me not to give up, be patient and we’ll eventually find something that gets rid of my migraines for good. I’m feeling better about this doctor.

Thanks again to everyone for helping me calm down that day!

Ok your doctor sounds like my first nuero when I moved to sand diego. ( why when you have a migraine and you are a woman does the doctor automatically think you are depressed. NO YOU HEAD JUST FREAKIN HURTS!!)
I have had migraines since I was 13 years old and I am now 30. You name it and I was on the drug. I have been on inderal so I understand how crappy you are feeling right now. I stopped taking drugs when i was 18 and began doing biofeedback which worked WONDERS!! I have a new nuero now who listens and sees me every 6 weeks to evaluate because he is concerned about why the migraines have returned. plus I have other neurological things happening which may be migraine variant (ie migraine inthe rest of the body, go figure)

but then something changed, don’t know what and last year i lost control of my migraines and they came back full force 4-5 times a week. with one last 3 weeks. i was first put on something with areally long name which didn’t work. and then I was put on Topamax. it worked WONDERS!! I haven’t had any side effects. (on a side note, when i was younger my eegs shows that when my migraines is about to end i have little siezures which i feel as tingling in my mouth, but I don’t feel that now with the topamax) and yep i was on a diet to lose 10 1lbs and with topamax lost 20!

I really hope you find some relief. migraines can really suck the life out of you.

PLEASE, as a fellow migraine sufferer and person in the medical field, I URGE you to go to a neurologist at a University Hospital who specializes in headaches ASAP. There must be people in NYC, Rochester, or Syracuse (whatever is closer for you), that you can be referred to.

Trust me, although he sounds very nice and caring, this is out of your family doc’s league! You have yourself, your husband, and a young child to worry about. You need to be getting the absolute best care possible. Enough with the BP medication and get to someone who can get you some real headache medication.

Sorry if I am being pushy, but I’ve had far too many friends and family members getting bad care lately (including one who is getting re-operated on tomorrow, by a [I]competent[/I] surgeon this time). I hate to see anyone suffer a moment longer than necessary.

Hope you get some relief soon!
Spikey

I TOTALLY agree…go to a NEUROLOGIST who [U][I][B]specializes [/B][/I][/U]in migraines…and tell HIM what to do, don’t let him dictate!

Have you tried the Fioricet (generic name Butabital) which I use??? It has Codeine in it. They say it’s supposed to make you drowsy but it actually makes me hyper! :teehee:

So try one when your hubby is around to take care of the little one and FORGET blood pressure RX!!! It’s one day!

For heaven’s sake!!! I hate Dr.s who just want to pump you full of the medications which the drug companies want them to push!!!

Be in control. Go to a specialist and tell him what you want!
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BTW, have you had an MRI of the brain done or is he just pumping you full of meds???

I’m not sure how you feel about alternative medicine, but I’ll throw this out there…

My boss suffered from major migraines for many, many years. I’m not sure what spurred her on to consider this, but she started magnet therapy (wearing a special magnet on her lower back every day) and her migraines disappeared. It’s been years now and she said the only time she’s ever gotten a migraine is if she forgets to wear it for a day or two. Otherwise, gone. Poof.

If you’d like me to get info from her, just PM me. :slight_smile: I know I’d try it…heck, even if people write off alt-med stuff as being all in people’s heads, if it works, it works. :shrug:

I did go to a chiropractor 3 times a week for 2 weeks with no improvement. Great back rubs though!

I’m trying to be patient with this whole thing because I know that you need to try a few things to see what works best. Why jump in the deep end of the pool if the shallow end works, right? I have gotten MRIs in the past, once with my old doctor back in Chicago and then again with this doctor here in Syracuse and everything came back normal.

I actually have a really bad migraine right now as I type that’s lasted about 24 hours straight now with no relief no matter what I’ve taken. If this doesn’t let up by this afternoon I will have no choice but to go back to the doctor and have him refer me to a specialist sooner rather than later. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one that doesn’t let up when I take Maxalt or some other medication like it.

Ugh . . . I’m ready for this to be over so I can knit. I was only able to do one row last night. That’s when my husband knew I was really hurting.

I just found this thread and big hugs to you! I’ve been going through something similar to this almost three years. I’m currently off of all prescription meds - except my medicine for high blood pressure. I found that the prescription meds were just creating a really bad cycle that I had to break.

I have found, too, that if I skip my high blood pressure medicine, when I start taking it again and my blood pressure starts to drop, I get a killer, pounding, sick, “just cut it off and get it over with” headache. Maybe focusing on your blood pressure would be a better approach to the headaches.

I’ve also found that I am gluten intolerant and anything with gluten (all foods with wheat) make my pain much much worse - not just the headaches, but all over body pain, and also I’m less able to deal with the pain emotionally.

Just take care and get plenty of rest. Relax at every opportunity. Stress is the worst. It may not be the cause, but it certainly makes any pain much worse.

Again, big hugs to you.

That’s exactly what I thought - great massages! My husband gave me one of the massage machines - I can’t remember the name now - for Christmas. I went to the chiropractor for about a year - it didn’t seem to help.

One thing he did tell me and it did make a difference - Don’t knit, don’t crochet, stay off the computer - Don’t do anything that requires putting my head in a certain position and holding it there, especially knitting and crocheting. It has to do with the nerves in the neck that run up into the base of the skull. I have just now taken up knitting again after not knitting for at least 2 years. (It’s almost like having to start learning all over again!) But even now, I have to limit the time I work on it and I have to change positions, get up and walk around, anything to relax my muscles and to give the nerves that are strained a break. And I can still feel headaches easing back in and have to take longer breaks. And I don’t dare mention the headaches to my husband 'cause he’ll want to me quit knitting completely again. :frowning:

I know the doctors are supposed to be the experts, but you are the one that knows your body best and what works and doesn’t work. Take care and do what your body needs you to do.

I know that I am not doing everything I should to prevent these from happening. I work from home and I’m on the computer from 8:30 to 5:00. I do try to take frequent breaks and look out the window or do a load of laundry. Right now it’s the end of a quarter for me and in sales that’s the most stressful time. I’m hoping that by tomorrow morning my stress will be gone and I’ll be playing with my son with no migraine.

I can hope!

:hug:I’m sorry, I hope you feel better soon :hug:…I used to get migraines a lot but haven’t had one for awhile knock on wood

Stress does play a big part in this, and DH never had headaches until he started having to take blood pressure medications. It can become a vicious cycle…now he daily has to take meds for the blood pressure AND DAILY migraines.

I’m praying for you to feel better.

This one is finally letting up after I took 2 aleve, 1 maxalt and an extra large hot chocolate from Dunkin Donuts. It’s not quite gone yet but it’s getting much better.

I know that I’m lucky to not have the throwing up and not function migraines so I’m going to continue to be patient and go through all of the steps until I find something that works.

Man! You know it’s bad when it interferes with the knitting!

Hello. Just wanted to say hope you are feeling better, and thougt I might offer a thought. If you are haveing menstrul/ pre-menstral headaches you might consider checking out Yaz which is a new birthcontrol that has a medication that helps to control pmdd (sever pms symptoms including headaces). It is also lower hormones which might also help. My midwife also suggested vitamin B6 and calcium with vitamin D and magnesium to help decrease swelling associated with headaces. I hope you are feeling better!:muah:

Suz, I know this may sound like a strange question, but how much garlic do you consume? My mother used to have low blood pressure and was always suffering from headaches as well. She had been taking garlic pills for a while and adding more to her food after she caught a particularly nasty cold and was told the garlic would help with her immune system. Problem is, it also naturally lowers bp. End result? She passed out cold one day at work with a bp of 70/40. Doc found out she’s been upping the garlic and told her to stop immediately. Her blood pressured normalized and her headaches subsided as well.

Another suggestion is to look into semi-alternative therapies. I used to go to an osteopath who also did accupuncture. He had been working solely as a medical osteo for years but realized there was something to be said for Eastern therapy as well. He went back to school to learn how to incorporate the two. I found him to be very helpful for my migraines and low back pain; he not only got to the root of the physical problem, he also helped with dietary and environmental factors as well. Wish I had him near me now!

Good luck to you!

Garlic would just happen to be my favorite flavor! I use minced garlic in many of our meals and my husband and I have a saying “you can never add too much garlic”.

I did hear about Yaz and my next female doc appt is in January so I will ask about it then. I’m taking Seasonale for that very reason so I can only have 4 PMS migraines instead of 12.

Sorry that you are going thru so much pain …

you can try Lavender Flowers (buds) and steep it like you do in tea… try for a week and see how you feel…

that works for me when i got migraine… sometime could be there is too much acidity in your stomach that is causing the migraine… try eating more alkaline food …like potatoes or read below for more info…

[FONT=Arial][B]ALKALIZING
VEGETABLES[/B]
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Beets
Beet Greens
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard Greens
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Dandelions
Dulce
Edible Flowers
Eggplant
Fermented Veggies
Garlic
Green Beans
Green Peas
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Nightshade Veggies
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Radishes
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spinach, green
Spirulina
Sprouts
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Watercress
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens

[B]ALKALIZING[/B]
[B]ORIENTAL VEGETABLES[/B]
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame

[B]ALKALIZING[/B]
[B]FRUITS[/B]
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Berries
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries, sour
Coconut, fresh
Currants
Dates, dried
Figs, dried
Grapes
Grapefruit
Honeydew Melon
Lemon
Lime
Muskmelons
Nectarine
Orange
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Raisins
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Umeboshi Plums
Watermelon

[B]ALKALIZING[/B]
[B]PROTEIN[/B]
Almonds
Chestnuts
Millet
Tempeh (fermented)
Tofu (fermented)
Whey Protein Powder

[B]ALKALIZING[/B]
[B]SWEETENERS[/B]
Stevia

[B]ALKALIZING[/B]
[B]SPICES & SEASONINGS[/B]
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

[B]ALKALIZING[/B]
[B]OTHER[/B]
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Molasses, blackstrap
Probiotic Cultures
Soured Dairy Products
Green Juices
Veggie Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water

[B]ALKALIZING [/B][B]MINERALS[/B]
Cesium: pH 14
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14
Calcium: pH 12
Magnesium: pH 9

Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.[/FONT]

hope you feel better…

I’m seconding the magnets thing - I have no idea how it works, really, but it just really, really does for me. A friend of mine borrowed some of mine for chronic migraines that he’d been off work with for months and they gave him relief within a couple of days. I use them on pressure points in my neck, and anywhere else it’s sore, and it just relieves pain really quickly.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on them - there are all these sites pushing expensive magnets, but the ones I found that work (in the UK anyway) are in the pain relief section - they’re tiny little magnets on plasters, you get 12 for about £4, and they’re reusable - just take the magnets off the plasters when you’re done and cut up normal cheap plasters after that. I keep the magnets in a little tin. I was very skeptical about them, but was desperate, and would try anything. Luckily, for me, they worked. Figure they’re worth a try, anyway :slight_smile: