For the last month, I have had minimal Fibro pain. I have, however, been plagued with an intense migraine headache. I say “headache” because it just never seems to end. I went to the doctor, she ordered an MRI. The MRI didn’t show anything unusual. I am taking Topamax® and it seems to help as long as I don’t have a lot of stress.
One thing I am wondering is, did the Fibro pain go to the background when the migraine started? Seems like when I have the migraine pain, I don’t experience any Fibro pain. I don’t know if the two are related, but I don’t know which is worse. I have already gone a week without ANY pain at all, then the migraine hits. I know the weather changes affect my arthritis, and I know they might affect the migraines, but so far they aren’t causing anything with the Fibro. I will continue to take Cymbalta for the Fibro which keeps the Fibro at bay.
My doctor has already told me that if I get a really severe migraine/headache that the Topamax® doesn’t seem to be working on, that I can take 650 mg of a non-aspirin pain reliever, not ibuprofen or Aleve. I did that yesterday for the first time. I came home from work, laid down and slept for about 3 hours. When I woke up I felt much better. If the non-aspirin didn’t relieve the headache, she said I should go to the ER. Thankfully I didn’t have to do that. But she also said that if I am still experiencing these severe headaches after another month, she is going to refer me to a Neurologist. All my other tests (blood, xray, etc) were normal.
I am wishing that one day I will wake up and the migraine will be gone and not come back. I can deal with Fibro, or I should say I have learned to live with it. But the migraines affect my daily life. While under the “control” of a migraine, I have difficulty concentrating, memory loss, confusion, and vision difficulties. The pain also causes my face and head to become very cold from the inside to the outside which can be very uncomfortable. I have a helmet liner that my husband gave me that I keep in my desk in case it happens at work. That is in addition to the nausea and loss of appetite.
I’m not looking for sympathy with this post, I’m simply putting my thoughts out there and maybe someone else has the same issues and can relate. If you do, do you have any suggestions or ideas to help overcome the pain other than medication?