Subtitle: Match Game
Describe your perfect doctor to treat your migraines.
Where have you gone Dr. B? I already had the perfect doctor to treat my migraines: my former primary care physician. He left our neighborhood practice one year ago on June 30th. I miss him a lot.
Dr. B was always willing to listen and advocate for me in any way he could. If I came to the office with an article suggesting a new medication to try such as Topamax, he would go over risks and benefits and then allow me to try it under his tutelage. Dr. B also sent me to neurologists.
However, the first two neurologists immediately targeted my use of Vicodin & triptans as being the reason for my having migraines. Even after I told neurologist number 2 that drug holidays had no effect on the evil beasts, she was quite adament that the rebound effect was my culprit. Now, after Dr. B has gone, I’ve gotten a new pcp and neurologist, whittled triptans down from almost daily to ten monthly & Vicodin use down to practically nothing and guess what? – migraines are still arriving an average of 21 days a month.
I know triptan overuse as well as using too much Vicodin have major side effects. But when you’ve tried at least five anti-seizure meds and a host of other things, well, it makes it tough to try to be stoic and ride out pain. I was fully functioning and capable using the go-to-pain meds when needed. I don’t feel different other than having more stress about achieving some pain relief. That’s all I ask. And I know this is a controversal topic. At 55 years old, having had migraines for over thirty years, I shouldn’t have to feel guilty asking for the proper form of pain relief. I’m not a drug addict. Dr. B carefully monitored me and understood that. I’d really like to have a doctor just like him because he “got” who I was with migraines having had a few himself.
Disclaimer: As a lay person, I am merely sharing my experiences and am in no way endorsing any of the drugs mentioned in this post. Please consult your doctor if you suffer from migraines.
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