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Post-Treatment => Headaches => Topic started by: Mei Mei on October 14, 2010, 06:07:21 pm
I went to the Johns Hopkins Headache Clinic this morning for a second opinion on my postsurgical daily headaches that I've been having since January. The doctor said to discontinue taking all meds, that they were the cause of my headaches and to come back in 6 weeks for a follow up. I am very hesitant to do this. He said it would be hard to do this at first but to do it. He offered no help for the pain to get through it.
I think that would depend on what exactly your on did he specify what to take and what not to take?
I know too many tylenlol cause rebound headachs and other narcotic pain reliever will do the same..percocette,vicodin
will cause headaches.
Did he tell you to stop the new med your on?
I am surprised he did not tell you what you could take for the pain.
Hugs!keep us posted
He told me to sweat it out through the headache and to be tough and I frankly just can't do that. They are just too excruciatingly painful. I thought they were going to help me like offer me Botox.
did you ask about the botox?
No, I was so traumatized from the ride up there on 95 that I was still recovering from the ride and finding the Headache Clinic. I thought I would never get there. Then I was shocked that he was telling me to get off my headache meds cold turkey and to sweat it out. I felt so disappointed. I will look for his email address and try to email him about this and the fact that I have sleep apnea which causes headaches and whether I should do a repeat sleep apnea test. He was supposed to look at my sleep apnea test records which are in the hospital records.
Hope you're having a good weekend.
Definately found out the hard way ...if you do not ask ...you will probly not recieve...call him up!
I had to tell my Dr. about gabepenton and ask for referal for nerve blocks....i would still be suffering more so then today if i had not spoken up.
Fight for your right to be pain free! ;D
I will. I did a search on him and he is so new there, he is not mentioned on the Johns Hopkins website, but on the Mt Sinai website. I guess I got a resident.
My dog came down with a massive case of the fleas and all of us are getting bitten badly. The exterminator is coming on Tuesday...not soon enough.
Oh fllees bite!!!!!!!!!I am allergic and get giant welts from them....my son is allergic to any thing w/ fur or feathers so we have no fllees.....just reptiles and amphibians......2 tree frogs....golden geko and of course Malibu the bearded dragon.
I hope you can get hold of JHH and let them kno you are NOT happy....they work for you..you pay them....tell them you have done your research and want to try the botox....thats why you are seeing them...Thats why you were "refered" to them..if they refuse...tell them you will spend your money on a Dr. that will help you not make you suffer.
Thanks, Cindy. I don't think I am going back to Hopkins. They just give you junior residents.
Right now I am combing my dog and rubbing myself with lotion.
Tired from lack of sleep....Eyes are burnng...muscles spasing..neck killing from 4 shots....stressed from ALL of it...major anxiety attack today...grrrrrr.
I know what you mean. I get them suddenly when I'm out and wished I were home to take a shower to escape the feeling ... It's such an awful feeling that I don't want to describe it. These daily headaches are overwhelming and you have to keep up with life as head of the family cause everybody is depending on you. Sometimes you just want give up run away to an island in the sun with nothing to think about.
Island???Did somebody say Island???Lets Go!!!! ;D
I'm game...anything to get away from this nightmare. I just don't want to take my headaches with me. Hope that doesn't happen. Are there some nice people that will serve us? ;D
Sounds great I'm in....we just need to find us a cute and caring Dr to take with us : ) I'm about at my end with these Dr's! Grrr!
Sounds good to me. I'll be good about sharing him! ;D
Alrighty......There will be only ONE Dr. on the Islland...and he handles EVERYTHING...he WILL NOT send you to another Dr...or refer you to anyone.... ;D....as for massage guys and pool boys and gadeners ...oh and do not forget the the BARTENDER...they will be unlimited!
Agreed, one Dr...yes only one no referrals ;)
Sounds like heaven ... lets make this a reality!!! ;D
I'm sick of doctors, but we do have to bring ONLY one...unlimited bartenders, beachboys and gardeners sound great!
the one dr thing was bothering me until I read the unlimited bartenders, beachboys, gardeners, massage guys (definitely!!!) pool boys
count me in ::)
I've been on topomax almost 3 months, the headaches are not gone but they are manageable
they keep increasing the dose very slowly and each time the side effects are worse for a couple weeks but after that the headaches are a little better each time
I stuck with the dr I didn't like--he's very arrogant but maybe its for a reason >:(
he's hoping to retrain my brain and after 6 months without headaches it will forget about them and I can get off the meds and be headache free
I like he's theory and I'm putting my faith in him because it is better than the alternative
let me know when we leave for the island
This island is sounding better and better each day! Perhaps it has something to do with the cooler weather coming?
Totally understand that thinking, getting out from under the endless pain cycle can help, but didn't work for me. I'm currently on meds that are doing a good job, but as soon as I stop them the headaches come back. Good luck and please let me know how it turns out.
I agree that the Topomax really works. It together with Cymbalta helped my Myofacial pain and it was added to my list of meds about ten years ago to help with sleep. I was feeling great on it and headache free all these years and then the AN surgery happened and turned everything topsy turvey. I got a Urinary tract infection last summer and the neurologist took me off of the Topomax cold turkey (200mg) because they cause kidney stones and the side effects coming off of it were horrible. I was shakey, couldn't sleep and had horrific Charlie Horses in the middle of the night. The doc said this was the Topomax withdrawal. Wish I had an answer and wish we were not on so many meds.
Just want to go to the island...can't wait to book the tickets!
I want to join in on this island getaway. But the headaches need to stay home.
I get these awful headaches too, I get to have another MRI to try and see what's going.
Jennifer, keep us all posted on your headaches and the meds. I prefer not to take strong meds if I don't have too. I don't do well on pain meds, I get loopy and hate the feeling.
I can't believe the doc wants you to get off the meds cold turkey. That's insane.
I had headaches every day for almost 2 weeks straight. I've been able to stay away from Tylenol, except 1 day. I've been drinking ginger tea (good for pain), cutting back on my coffee consumption, eating better & drinking more water. I've also been icing my neck (5 min on, 5 mins off) for an hour in the morning & again at night. So far the past 2 days have been headache free.
I couldn't believe it either. I left there dumbfounded and with a 6 week follow up appointment. I think I'll cancel it because I am not following his driections and that's all they have to offer me is that I have rebound headaches which I don't believe is correct because I've had these headaches since the first day post op.
I will look into Sleep Apnea because that was a diagnosis I got about 10 years ago at the Sleep Clinic: Mild to Moderate, but they didn't suggest a mask, just said to lose weight which I did. I'm seeing the neuro doc this Thursday and he'll probably take me off Lithium which he started me on a month ago.
It's just not working. He also had me on Verapamil and Lyrica. With each switch in meds, I went through withdrawal symptoms and felt like I was crawling out of my skin. It's awful to go through and I hate taking all these meds with no reason. It's like a hide and seek game. My accupuncturist says it's scar tissue which I believe as one side is bigger than the other. May have to go to see Dr. Ducic at Georgetown for this but I really don't want another surgery. I'll have to think about this long and hard.
I too use the ice for the headaches, but start my day with heat to loosen up the stiff neck from sleeping. I clench my jaw when I sleep and throughout the day. I'll have to tell the doc this as well when I visit on Thursday.
Thanks for the suggestion of Ginger Tea. I'll go get some today and try that.
Thanks for writing and take care of yourself. Glad you're recovering well,
I forgot to mention that I'm also using a topical analgesic alot. I apply it on my neck in the morning & at night--after I'm done icing my neck. And, when I get a headache, I apply it where it hurts. There are many of these products out there. Flanax is the one I use, but the key ingredient is capsicum.
This morning I got the beginning of a headache around my temples. My headaches don't usually begin there. They begin at the back of the head or at my insicion, then they can spread to the temples. I got my flanax & rubbed it into the temples. The pain was soon gone.
I hope you can find releif.
Well, poo-poo on that doc who wants you to cold turkey your pain meds! >:( >:( >:( Especially without offering an alternative. My headaches, too, started shortly after my AN surgery and I wasn't taking pain meds at all. My first headache clinic doc wanted me to try to reduce my use of pain meds, but he gave me a number of trigger point injections and several meds to start taking while I did it. Six weeks my ass! >:( >:((Just my opinion!)
I went to a pain clinic in Huntersville, NC on Wednesday looking for someone to treat my back and my head. After consulting with the pain doc he is convinced my back issues are caused by the surgical position I was in for my almost 4 hr hysterectomy. My headaches may be caused by the same issues (surgical position during AN surgery)plus some scarring issues. He spent 2 hrs taking a detailed med history and gave me quite a few options. He is convinced that occipital neuralgia caused by surgical trauma is my problem. I listed the dozens of meds I have been on with limited results.
1. occasional trigger point injections and occipital nerve blocks, c2-c3 nerve blocks
2. pulsed radiofrequency ablation
3.c2-c3 dorsal rhizotomy
4. neuro therapy technique
5. regenerative injection technique
My Medicare insurance will cover the first 3, the last 2 are what cutting edge sports docs give NFL and NBA pros for injuries. I am in the process of researching all these. AND he gave me a script for Percoset, but I had to sign a narcotics agreement and pee in a cup, which I was glad to do.
I won't go into the options he gave me for my back, but they were very similar.
His name is Mark Hines and he is a pain management specialist and I was really impressed with him. He understands the role of pain meds for people with unresolved chronic pain. Mei mei, dear, this is the kind of doc you really need to see. I know what kind of head pain you are having--I have been going through it for 8 frigging years, although with the Botox and nerve blocks it has improved. I can ask if he knows anyone in the DC area who does what he does.
This doc sure did NOT treat me like an uninformed patient who didn't know what was wrong with her--I told him about the forum, symposiums, workshops and all the information I have collected over the years on my own condition. I feel also like every medical procedure I have had has made me worse and weakened my body and stole a part of my character and vitality.
Dr Mark also expects me to do research on all the treatment options he gave me and be a participant in my treatment.
BTW I went to a second pain clinic that day--shopping around you know. It was like night and day. I spent most of the time with the nurse, the doc gave me ONE option to treat my back condition--nerve ablation-- and refused to address my headaches until my back pain was under control. Both my pain conditions feed off each other--my back pain causes me such stress it triggers my migraines and vice versa. I need these both treated. The doc treated me like a totally uninformed patient and didn't even discuss how I got this way. I won't be going back there.
One of the things Dr Mark also addressed was nutrition--he wants me to eat more protein, which I have been doing. My cholesterol is a little high, so I have been avoiding animal products, but we went to the store and bought a family pack of nice NY strips! Yum!
For those of you looking for that island--that's what the Good Morning thread was all about--we even had our own boat that took us to many islands!! Read it from the beginning--it is a real hoot!
God Bless all us headache sufferers--we need it!
No, Deb, I'm never going back to Johns Hopkins again. The guy they gave me was an idiot and knew nothing about ANs.
Your Dr. Mark on the other hand sounds really on top of it and I might come down and see him one day since it's only a plane ride away and what are plane tickets for with what we are going through.
It's been only 10 months for me and 8 years for you; some of the people in my local DC ANAUSA group have had headaches for ten years. I want to try and avoid that without going through another surgery, but the scar surgery makes sense and my accupuncturist has been saying all along, it is scar tissue that is causing your problems. He's right, but keeps giving me accupuncture that doesn't help. Nothing helps, Deb. I'm at wit's end and now I have to go through another withdrawal period for getting off Lithium that I've been on for a month. I've done google searches on how to get off of it, but there are no answers. They know how to start you on a drug but not to get you off of it. I went through withdrawal from Topamax, Verapamil and Lyrica. Each time I thought I was was going bonkers. I'm not looking forward to getting off of Lithium, but it does make my hands tremble like I have Parkinson's and I don't like that...it's worrisome.
I coincidentally read some of the Good Morning Forum last night. Funny that you should bring it up! ;-)
I feel another headache coming on, so will sign off for now and talk to you soon.
Hugs and get better to all of us!
I believe that it is scar tissue that is irritating nerves and causing them to misfire and go nuts. The focus of therapy should be to make that nerve calm down with chemical or radio-frequency (heat) treatment and send it into hybernation. Meds affect your whole system. Injection therapy targets only the area that is causing the pain. Makes sense to me!!!