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My experience with migraines is narcotic medications DO create a rebound effect and you actually get caught in a rebound effect from narcotic medication. At least that's my neurologists theory and he never uses narcotic meds to treat migraines.

When I first started getting migraine headaches (many years ago, I think my OLDEST son was maybe a year old). I didn't know what was happening to me, my vision got all distorted, I couldn't think straight, and lights hitting my eyes was like torture (to say I was embarrassed to have my first migraine hit at work was an understatement). My wonderful father had to come pick up at work and drove me straight emergency and of course after an MRI to rule out brain tumor or hemorrhage (which of course I FELT I had and I think we all know our FIRST migraine, we do think we're dying) and I'm not a suicidal person, but I was almost praying for God to take me. I don't even remember what they were giving me in my IV (maybe Demerol), but it was a heavy narcotic and I can remember it NOT touching the pain. That they just kept giving me injections (in 2 hour intervals), that was my FIRST night in an ER. I actually spent MORE time in the hospital with my FIRST migraine than delivering my FIRST son (which I needed NO pain meds for, if that says anything).

Anyway, I was blessed to be able to walk out of the hospital without the migraine, just feeling strange and still experiencing the visual distortion and aura. I was also blessed to get very infrequent migraines from that point and basically was pretty much treated with narcotics for infrequent migraines.

It wasn't until after my twins were born that my migraines became MORE frequent and unrelenting. At times it was like I was caught in a perpetual migraine (mine were pretty typical as far as visual distortion, aura, nausea proceeding the migraine and vomiting and inability to be around ANY light during the migraine). My Primary Doctor referred me to a Neurologist (who I still see 10 years later), whose theory on Narcotics (and I think it's a pretty common view from Neurologists), is that narcotic meds create a rebound effect. For the occasional one-time only migraine, narcotic treatment is a realistic and effective approach. But, for the frequent migraine sufferer other treatment methods are necessary.

To prevent migraines I'm on regular daily dose of Neurontin (which ranges from 1800 mgs to 2400 mgs a day.
If I still get a migraine even with the Neurontin, I will take a break thru med, the current medication I take is called Axert, which is in the class of migraine medications called Triptans. This is the one that works best for me when I get a migraine, I have also taken Maxalt (can't take it anymore because I can't keep it down) and I have NEVER been able to take Imitrex, makes me terribly ill.

I had been on Neurontin from 2003 - 2005 and my migraines were truly controlled. I eventually worked my way off the medication and it wasn't until a few months after my neck injury (which occurred Oct. 2006), that I started getting the migraines again. Your description is very similar to mine. My migraines had NEVER started this way before, but from the neck injury they started at the base of of skull and literally stretch to the front, with all the visual distortion, aura, nausea of typical migraine (just a different point of entry, I like to say). ;)

When I finally could get into to my Neurologist he started me back on Neurontin, (slowly building to the 1800 mg dose and prescribing Axert for the break-thru migraine).

Unfortunately, with everything going on and my focus on my recovering neck, I became very lazy about taking my Neurontin as scheduled the last couple of weeks and I have to say I paid for it this week, with an UNRELENTING. migraine. I did see my Neurologist who has temporarily increased my Neurontin until I have them controlled again. It almost seems like a process keeping these migraines controlled and I have to say my recovering neck brings a whole new element to it.

I totally believe there is a BIG tie-in between migraines and neck injuries. My situation shows that - My migraines were controlled for two years without medication and then my neck injury seemed to trigger the cycle ALL over again.

At this point my BIGGEST recommendation to you would be to find an excellent Neurologist.
I have to say mine has been such a God-send. He is so thorough and actually was instrumental in finding out another level was involved PRIOR to my ACDF, he ordered an EMG which discovered another level was involved that my Orthopedic surgeon wasn't even aware of and the EMG also provided another mapping tool for my surgeon. Which I think ALL contributed to my surgery's success. My view is the MORE you have your Doctors communicating and partnering on your case, the better results you will have.

Keep us posted on HOW you're doing. You're in my thoughts!!


~ Jo