Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mr. Migraine Strikes Again

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day.  We spent ours at a car show on Saturday, then out on the boat the rest of the weekend, with some gardening thrown in too.

Unfortunately, it didn't end so well.

I woke up Tuesday about 1:30 a.m. with a migraine.  I took my Zomig got my cold cloths for my head and back on my neck and sat in the recliner.  A combination that usually has good results.  By 3:30 it was worsening.  So I took some Lortab for pain.  By 6:30 it was not letting up.  I told DH and DS to go on to work that I was sure it would get better later.  Instead it intensified to the point I was throwing up blood.  I could only lay on the bathroom floor and cry.  Finally I crawled into the bedroom and got the phone and called DH.  He said he was coming home and on his way home he called my Dr.  The DR. didn't have anything to give me because of a shortage of migraine meds and told DH to take me to Urgent care.

Urgent care is almost and hour from us, and was the worse ride of my life.  I kept throwing up and for those of you ladies who are over 50 you know it is hard to hold your bladder when throwing up.  TMI I know!
Finally we get there and they say they will give me the strongest thing they have but they aren't sure it will help.  I stay there until the pain meds kick in and I fall asleep.  They tell DH to take me home and let me sleep it off.  If I still have a migraine when I wake up, take me immediately to the ER.

6 hours later I woke up throwing up and just could not bear the pain.  I was at the point of passing out.  By this time DS was home from work too.  They loaded me in the car and took off for the E.R. Fortunately, when we told admissions that the urgent care sent us they immediately found me a room.  They have a 10 minute contract with that urgent care.  They finally started fluids where I had dehydrated, gave me some anti-nausea meds and some triptan drugs laced with a pain killer.  They said this should kill the pain in 30 minutes.  It didn't!!!  By then I was almost hysterical and was begging for them to just kill me.  I couldn't take it!   Another Dr. came in and order another round of the triptan and a stronger pain med.  This one totally knocked me out.  I woke up at home this morning with a slight headache and called the Dr.  He said take the Zomig and nothing else as I have too many drugs in my system.

So, as of right now, the headache is almost gone.  The Dr. is trying to convince my insurance company that I need more than 9 pills per month and is getting me another pain medicine.

If this doesn't work it looks like I may have to get with a headache center and try and figure this out.  I can't keep missing work, and I have to work!  They have been very supportive so far but I know that there's stuff there I need to get done.  I may try a work from home option for a while.

Thanks for listening to this ramble.  I am so discouraged and depressed over this.  This is not how I want to live my life.



Nan said...

Linda I absolutely understand how this feels having been there myself. You have had your head checked for tumors I believe so this cannot be the cause. Why does this pain get so intense? Headaches are so tough to solve and I do think you need some specialist I can't remember if you've seen a neurologist? I went to one and she is the one who got me started on trying to blocking the headaches with a beta blocker. I took Inderal. My daughter does too for hers as it's a common tactic they use to try and control them. You still get them however but they can be less. Then as I mentioned I had good luck with Imitrex. I hope things improve for you soon I know how it is hard to live with something this painful.

Tammy's in Love said...

Ask the HR dept. to get you the FMLA forms, take them to your doctor and then no matter how many times you are ill with the same issue,it will not count against you. This is federal law; an employee under the protection of Family Medical Leave is covered and employers must report that they are offering it and employees using it to the Feds.

I have migraines too; it's not anything anyone should have to deal with like the situation you just described. I'm so sorry.


Shirley Hatfield said...

When I emailed you just now, I hadn't read your post. I am so sorry for what you are going through. I know there isn't much one can say, but to let you know I am thinking of you and pray that you find your pain easing more and more.

Hopblogger said...

Hello Linda,
I used to get really bad migranes as well. And that was many, many years ago. I am sorry to hear that yours have gotten to that point of throwing up blood. I do not get those migranes anymore. I found out that I was allergic to LOTS OF FOODS that contained wheat and corn as well as envirnomental. I am now labeled as a Celiac and the only time that I get a little headache or a sore in my mouth is when I accidentally eat something that have these products in them.
Eat plenty of the foods and then go to a allergist and get tested for food allergies. (not a blood test). You just might be surprised. If you have these food allergies then you must rid yourself from eating those foods that contain your allergens.
Go to my profile and there is info on celiacs under my blog kyn2me. Just scroll down.
I am not saying that this is what is wrong with you - just that you should look into it.
I hope you feel better.

Anonymous said...

Oh Linda, my prayers are with you. I too have had migraines but not like this. Good advice from Tammy on the FMLA-JL

Debby said...

Oh so sorry. I have them but have never had it like that. The vomitting blood is awful. I hope they ca find something that helps so that you dont have to go through this again. Insurance comanpaies can be a pain. I had the quickie brain scan. The doctor ordered another more detailed one. But when I went for the scan they gave me the same one because the insurance didn't approve.
((((((HUGS))))) and Prayers.

craftyles said...

I'm so sorry for all your pain. I hope they can figure something out, so you don't have to go through that again. I'll think positive thoughts for you!

vivian said...

oh dear... how awful. Im sorry you have to go through this. I hope the drs can figure out how to treat this. I'm sending up a prayer for the headache to be totally gone today!

Perfectly Printed said...

Just found your blog from Tammy's in sorry to hear of your severe migraines.

I am your newest follower! Feel better!


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Darryl Hier said...

I’m sorry you had to be in that horrible situation. Does it happen often? Do you know what’s causing it? I hope that you’ve found a permanent solution to this debilitating headache, which can severely affect your daily routine. Take care!

Darryl Hier @ U.S. HealthWorks

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