My migraines started when I was 16, and became "Chronic Daily Migraines" when I turned 30. I am now 49 and I have been on about 36 migraine drugs, had biofeedback, acupuncture and acupressure, Botox injections and many, many other tests and procedures. I belonged to Group Health HMO in WA state for 30 years. My current treatment is a narcotic protocol set up in WA state following WA state guidelines for chronic pain patients who are not cancer patients. I was remarried a year ago and moved to GA where I cannot find a doctor to continue my current protocol. What do I do, I feel like I am not being properly treated and I am in constant pain with no relief in sight! What do I do? Joyce.
Your question is excellent and I have no ready answer, short of traveling from Wa to Ca. For the most past, opiate protocols fail due to tolerance and opiate-induced hyperalgesia. There's also the issue of new research showing that any use of barbiturates or opioids and frequent use of triptans and NSAIDs are associated with increased risk of transformed Migraine. For more information on this, please take a look at Transformed Migraine - Risk Increased by Some Medications. Good luck in your search for relief.
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Published On: January 09, 2010