PM for Migraine and Muscle Pain??/Advice Please
Hello, I am new to this forum.
I wasn't sure if I should post this message on the Headache or on the Pain Management board?? So I'm posting on both. I have been suffering from Migraines for at least 15 years now. I also have chronic muscle pain, which some doctors call Fibromyalgia, although others disagree. There is a history of Muscular Dystrophy in my immediate family. A neuro that treated my Mother did tests on me (EEG, Muscle Biopsy,Blood Tests) and said everything was normal, but that I could still have some sort of muscle problem that is not showing up in testing yet. So anyway, I am in constant muscle pain, weakness, and fatigue. But even worse than that right now is the Migraines. They are getting worse each year, more frequent and more severe. Previously when I would have a migraine I was able to control the severity with meds. The meds did not make it go away, but would keep it from getting to the dry heaves stage. But in the last two or three months I have had to go to the ER twice. Maybe I'm just a weekling, I don't know, but when my head is about to explode, I can barely move or speak, and I am to the point of dry heaves I just can't take it and go to the ER.
Is this normal for a severe migraine, I mean to go to the ER? So far they have been real nice to me and took great care of me right away. My fear is that if this continues, they will start thinking I'm just there for drugs or a high and that certainly isn't the case.
So I am wondering, if I've been to several GP's, and several neuro's, along with reumo and physical therapy and I am still having these headaches 2 to 3 times a week (I've tried almost every preventive out there and occasionally they'll prescribe hydrocodone or Tylenol 3, but mostly I take Tramadol which now seems to be causing daily or rebound headaches) would it be wrong for me to ask for Pain Management? From what I'm reading Pain Management seems like it's a seperate entity from the GP.
I am seeing a new neuro on Friday and I want to go in there with options because I have found that if I don't know what to ask for they are usually not much help. My last neuro told me I can't live in a bubble, which I realize, so that's why I was seeing him but it seemed like after the Topamax stopped working for me he tried a couple of other things and then considered me a lost cause.
BTW, I am 35 on Friday, and married with 3 children. I'm a stay at home Mom, but I don't feel as if I'm very useful at this point. Each time I go to the doctor I have hope, only to come home defeated when they say they can't find anything in the tests and have nothing new to offer. On one hand I know I should be praising the Lord that they don't find anything wrong, but on the other I'm frustrated from the constant pain. I'm sure most of you reading this can relate. Thank you for listening!!!!