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.