Hi, I'm new on the boards. My name is Justine and I am a 37 year old woman livning in Los Angeles. I was trying to introduce myself on the forum but I couldn't figure out how to do it. I have a terrible headache on top of it which is making it harder to figure out what to do. I need help
Teri, I am reading your book and it is really inspiring to me. I have been a lurker on headache boards for the past year and now it is time to join because I am getting frustrated by the medical care I've had and I feel very isolated with my daily headaches and migraines. I am also not confident in my diagnosis which is chronic migraine.
I am working with Dr. Graff-Radford in LA but I am at a point where I want to see the best possible doctor I can and I will get on a plane and go anywhere. I have a four year old daughter and a one and a half year old son and I feel like I am missing out on their lives. My headaches started after the birth of my second son so it has only been a year but they rapidly became a daily problem due to many stressful situations.
My main questions are: does my headache pattern sound like chronic migraine? And is it time for me to find a new doctor? Again, my headaches started a year ago after I abruptly weaned from breastfeeding and with compounding stressful situations went from once or twice a week to daily in a matter of 3-4 months. I have tried topomax and notriptyline and am currently on cymbalta. Topomax worked for one week and then stopped working. Nortriptyline did not work. Cymbalta seems ok. The severity of my head pain has decreased overall but the frequency is still daily. Also, I was in a deep depression and full of panic when I first had the headaches - from November through March - and now my depression is stable but I still feel much distress and lonlieness and fear.
I just tried botox - it's been 10 days - and I have had worse headaches for the last five days. I just don't know what to do next. Sorry for the rambling post. I hope someone can help guide me in the right direction.
Thanks so much, Justine