Pain management appointment

I haven’t talked a lot about my headache lately.  I’ve been trying to pretend it’s not there.

It doesn’t work.


One of the last times I met with my GP, I pretty much broke down regarding the last neurology visit.  It’s been 7 years.  I’ve seen 7 neurologists.  I have no answers, no “real” diagnosis, and more money spent on medications that haven’t worked than I can add up.  So I asked about pain management (since I do not think neurology has any answers at this point) and she agreed.

Today was my appointment.

The doctor was really nice, went over my list of treatments, previous medications, and medical history, along with current medications.  We talked about what I wanted out of the service and my concerns, and we came up with a treatment plan. (The plan goes to my GO who then will prescribe the medications)

I will be going on a medication called Pregabalin (Lyrica).  I was hesitant about going on this medication before, but she alleviated my concerns, and came up with a time table of how long I should try and a medication schedule.  I will also have a rescue medication for when the pain is too much to handle.  This is what was most important to me.

Think for a moment about the worst headache you’ve ever had.  Unless you have a headache condition like I do, that pain is how I feel on a daily basis.  Seriously.  I may act like a functioning member of society (sort of) but most of  the time I want to scream and pull my hair out because of the pain.

I am also going to have a TENS machine designed to help treat headaches, and will have access to acupuncture, which I have wanted to try, but haven’t been able to afford.

I left the appointment feeling better about dealing with this never ending headache and actually have some hope for the future.

Now if only I could do something about the weather.  🙁   Brrrrrrr.

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1 Comment

  1. 23/03/2013 / 16:41

    You’re the first person I’ve found who also has a chronic headache. It even sounds like we started about the same time. I’ll hit eight years this summer. People still ask me if I still have my headache. When I politely answer, “all day, every day” they always say, “You’d never know if from looking at you. You seem fine.” Well, yeah. Because today it’s not a pain level of 8, just a 6. It’s not like I can just stay in bed all day. And there’s no way to show people you have a headache all the time if you want to actually have a life. I can’t walk around everywhere in my pajamas and bathrobe, moaning. Well, maybe I could, but I think that would get old.

    I’m sorry you understand what I understand. I hope you find some answers with the pain management team. I hope you feel better.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you find moments of peace and joy this weekend.

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