Electrocuted now I have horrible headaches non stop?
I was electrocuted in my home in April of 2007! When down power lines in my back yard some how electrocuted me standing in my kitchen talking on a land line phone. After the current realeased me I fell to the floor convulsing, siezing, and was unable to breath. I was uncontentious and barely remember anything but my wife witnessed the whole thing and saved my life. I am thankkful to God to be alive but now I suffer from one constent HORRIBLE HEADACHE every since that day. What do I do? I am seeing a neurologist and they say that I probaly have nerve damage in my brain. And that I do now suffer from dysautomia. They also say that there is not really anything they can do for me but medicate me and there is no way to tell if I will ever heal at all! I am on 80mg Oxycotin ER with a break through 30mg. oxycodone in between doses, but now it seems like those aren't even giving me relief. I am suffering a great deal, just about 24 hrs. a day, with few 2-4 hours here and there with any real comfort. They say that can't give me anymore medicine and I basically have to deal with the pain. Easy enough for them to say when they are not the ones that feel like their dying. I am only 28 years old and I feel like that day stole my life as well as my wife. Help me I can not live like this the rest of my life. What do I do? - Brian.
Neurologists aren't necessarily headache specialists. They're rather like the GPs of all things neurological, so it's difficult for them to actually specialize in any one subspecialty of neurology. There are, however, doctors who DO specialize in the treatment of headaches and Migraine, and it's time for you to consult one of them. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help locating a specialist, there's a link below to our listing of patient recommended specialists.
It's possible that the oxycodone they prescribed for you is making matters worse by causing medication overuse headache, aka rebound. This can happen all too easily when pain medications are taken more than two or three days a week. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information.
You do NOT have to live like this. It may take time and patience working with a headache specialist, but the odds are on your side for finding an effective preventive regimen.
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Last updated July 28, 2008.
Published On: July 28, 2008