Hi, I am a migraine sufferer who experiences migraines daily and have been incapcitated severely with this condition and have thus far been able to find any relief.
I am currently seeing migraine specialist who is a neurologist. He put me into the hospital and detoxed me off of pain medicine and zanax. He started a new drug regimen of neurontin, depakote and zanaflex to accompany my maxalt, lexpro that I was already on. I have been experiencing incidences where my migraines re now progressing 3-4 times a week to 10+ pain intensity.
I telephoned the neurologists office (as I cannot get an appointment till 8/29/10) and asked them to leave a message asking what am I supposed to do when the pain gets this bad? His nurse called back and told me to take 2 alleve with my maxalt (this equals treximet) and I have already been on treximet and tried non narcotic pain meds that did not help at all.
My neurologist does not want me to use any pain medicines at all. I understand the rebound effect and how this occurs from the overusage of certain medications. The nurse also told me that since my maxalt is limited to three times a week that "I must pick and choose when to use the maxalt" (as if I can prognose when and which migraines are going to be of a 10+ intensity and we all know that if you wait too long the maxalt is useless)!
My question is if the maxalt (which causes rebound) can be limited, can't a prescription pain medication also be limited? It seems unbelievable that I am being told to now use any pain medicine and to pick and choose when to use my maxalt medicine! I really don't know how much longer I can deal with the daily brain rape of migraine headaches—the incapacitating delirium that seems impossible to avoid or control. Any suggestions? If anyone knows of a doctor or pain clinic that I can try in the pittsburgh Pennsylvania area please let me know, I am desperate for some type of relief. Thanks tbrooks