When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.
Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.
Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.
Today's term: Intractable Migraine
An Intractable Migraine is a Migraine that doesn't respond to "regular" Migraine treatments.
Unfortunately, we have to discuss Intractable Migraine too often because it's just too common. This demonstrates the need for much more re...
Last year I developed a severe migraine that lasted for 3 months and left me unable to work. On January 8 of this year I developed the same type of headache only it has lasted 4 months so far and left me unable to get out of bed most days. With both occurrences I have been hospitalized and put on DHE but to no avail. The first time I was also given one round of Botox which didn't help. I have had migraines for over 20 years but these are new. What type of migraine could it be as it doesn't respond to any treatment.
I am frustrated and want to find help but my new specialist doesn't seem to be doing anything to help me. I saw him last week and all he did was prescribe Toradol shots for the really bad days. He has me on Depakote and I think it is causing severe depression but isn't helping with the headache. He hasn't ordered any testing and I can't keep living like this. Kathy.
Nicole is an artist, a mother, a knitter, a spinner, and a chronic pain sufferer. She was diagnosed with chronic intractable migraines in 2000, while pregnant with her first child. That diagnosis marked the beginning of a quest for pain-free living, something she is still searching for. Along the way, she has met many other women with "invisible illnesses"- from PPD to lupus. The one thing they all share is frustration with the medical community for the lack of recognition of how seriously these illnesses affect parenting. When not warding off pain or searching for a new treatment on-line, Nicole is mama to Zane, almost 6, and Reidun, almost 4, a gaggle of cats, a dog, a bird, and her first fiber animal, a french angora rabbit. She has been married almost 10 years to Keir, who supports her in all her endeavors, including her new business, Pickleboot & co, making fine knitting accouterments.
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