06/18/07 #2 - Help for chronic daily Migraines?

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  • Full Question:
    Where can I find help for chronic daily migraine headaches. No one seems to care. I am in bed at least 5 days a week. I miss work at least 4 days a week. I was in a real bad car accident about a year ago and now suffer from seizures. There is a history of migraines in my family. I've been to neurology doctors, pain doctors and they all say I don't specialize in migraine headaches. One doctor was a joke yet he advertises that he's a migraine specialists. Drove 8 hours for him to say why don't you see a doctor in your city. I am 32 years old and I have no life. My wife and child need me. I feel as if I need to be hospitalized so someone can help me. I'm asking for help to find a place I can go to get help with my migraines. Jamin.

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    Answer:

    Dear Jamin;

    It’s difficult to judge the doctor’s comment without having been there, but it’s not uncommon for a specialist to ask why you’re not seeing someone in your city because they recognize that care is easier for both patient and doctor without all the travel.

     

    The best advice we can offer is to try another specialist. We have a listing of specialists based on positive, first-hand feedback from patients. See Patient recommended headache and Migraine specialists.

     

    How frequently are you taking any kind of pain medications for your Migraines? If you’re taking them more than two or three days a week, they could be making matters worse by causing medication overuse headaches, aka rebound headaches. Medication overuse is a factor in 80% of chronic Migraine cases. See Medication Overuse Headache: When the Remedy Backfires for more information.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: June 18, 2007