I checked your list of headache and migraine specialists. There isn't one single doctor in CT. Now what? My GP doctor has referred me to a neurologist, but I can't get an appointment until September and I am running out of Midrin, which I have been taking for over 20 years. She refuses to switch me over to any other medicine, her explanation is that I have high blood pressure and it could be dangerous to my heart.
What do I do? This is getting very frustrating. Janice.
I fully understand your frustration, having had a similar experience myself. Unfortunately, with the death of Dr. Fred Sheftell a few months ago, we lost the only recommended specialist we had in Connecticut.
The frustrating reality is that there's a nationwide shortage of Migraine and headache specialists. Several states have no specialists, leaving Migraineurs to travel to neighboring states. Living in Connecticut places you fairly close to New York, where there are several good specialists. The best suggestion I can offer you for finding a specialist is to look at the listings for New York and other neighboring states for a specialist.
On the Midrin issue: Once you find a specialist, you still may have a wait of a few months for an appointment. If your doctor is comfortable with you taking Midrin, she could write a prescription that you could take to a compounding pharmacy, where they can make medication equivalent to Midrin for you. She'll need to write out the ingredients and amounts. Midrin contained: Isometheptene Mucate USP, 65 mg, Dichloralphenazone USP, 100 mg, and Acetaminophen USP, 325 mg.
I feel for your frustration, and hope this information is helpful,
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Published On: May 23, 2011