Bye Bye Vicodin

We are parting ways for the fourth or fifth time now, Vicodin and I.  Not by my choice am I quitting, nor is this a drug intervention requiring treatment.  No, I’ve been taking an average of two Vicodin per holy terror migraine for the last couple months.  Mortal sin committed.  Open the gates of hell!

Today I met my neurologist again after we hadn’t seen one another for three months.  He moved locations.  I couped 50 Vicodin for six weeks instead of his recommended ten a month.  Why did I accept more?  Because I wanted to treat my migraine pain. 

This is how it goes.  I keep working towards new treatments and therapies.  Occipital Nerve Block is helping, but there have still been some monster migraines that can go on for 12+ hours.  So what can I do for the pain when the triptan fails or I exceed my eight per month?  The answer appears to be nothing.  Untreated chronic pain can wreak havoc.  I’m trying to be calm now.  My head is okay thanks to the triptan I took earlier.  There’s always more month however, than there is Zolmitriptan. 

I know I’ll be hurting and there’ll be nothing to treat the pain.  I guess we migrainuers need to grin and bear it.  I’m so discouraged.  Today the doctor told me the Vicodin could be numbing my migraines so that I really can’t tell if the nerve blocks or Lyrica are helping.  Before I’ve been told Vicodin causes rebound headaches.  So, which is it?  Numbing or rebounds?  Last year I was off Vicodin for five and a half months and the damned migraines continued in their same marching parade.  So what am I supposed to do?  I don’t know.  I’ve “handled” the pain before so I guess here I go again. “Oh well” – that’s my new mantra.  Yes, I’m very bummed.  But I’m hopeful too.  Always hopeful.

Disclaimer:  Any medications and treatments are not to be misconstrued as recommendations by anyone.  This blog and all my posts are personal opinion only.

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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