I'm 5 months of migraines, many health issues
help!! i am a 45 yr old female who woke up one day with a migraine and 5 months later it is still there. i have many health issues, migraines, chronic back pain, restless leg syndrome, neuropathy in both feet so bad that i have to wear sneakers to bed to keep the pain down, arthritis, depression and a botched left hip replacement the ball and stem were replaced due to a car accident 2 yrs. ago. so that is not something new. pain is nothing new to me but when your head hurts also it can be over whelming. i am disabled so i do not have stress from work. any suggestions?? need help asap! j abbott.
Dear j abbott,
As much as we wish we could magically answer questions such as yours, there is simply no way for anyone to offer you much in the way of suggestions via the Internet.
As you said, you have many health issues; that makes your case one that must be approached thoroughly, most appropriately by a team of physicians working together.
Every condition you mentioned will impact the others. You probably already have a team of specialists. Do they talk to each other?
All of that said, there are two things that immediately come to mind when readying your question:
- When someone says they have a Migraine or headache that began on a certain day, new daily persistent headache should be ruled out. Take a look at New Daily Persistent Headache - The Basics.
- You list several painful issues that beg the question of how frequently you take pain medications. If you're taking them more than two or three days a week, even if you're not taking them for Migraine or headache, those pain medications can be complicating your situation by causing medication overuse headache, aka rebound. Please see Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires.
The best recommendation we can make is that you find an actual Migraine and headache specialist. See that specialist and get him or her in the loop with your other doctors. You can find a link below to a listing of patient recommended Migraine and headache specialists.
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Last updated July 20, 2008.
Published On: July 20, 2008