After 40 years of being treated for migraines my pain management specialist has reclassified my headaches trigeminal neuralgia, although I do not have any of the symptoms of this disorder.
Imitrex has always helped but I get about 15-20 per month. He can relieve a migraine by giving me a shot of lidocaine and steroids in the occipital nerve and it will last for a few hours and because of this, he says they can’t be migraines.
He has limited me to 9 tablets per mo. and I’m scared I will end up in the ER again like before I had plenty of Imitrex. Is this a possibility that I do have trigeminal neuralgia since Imitrex does relieve the pain? HELP!! Pam.
For many reasons, I would disagree with your physician’s thoughts. Imitrex would not be expected to help a real Trigeminal Neuralgia disorder.
If your doctor isn’t able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What’s So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of _Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists _.
Are you sure it’s your doctor who’s limiting your Imitrex to nine doses per month? Insurance companies often impose such limits
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