Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Headache Update

Day six

Optometrist says it's not my eyes.

GP says she doesn't know what it is, so she gave me medicine for a sinus infection.

Things I have tried to make my headache go away:

1. Extra sleep
2. Extra water
3. Extra caffeine
4. No caffeine
5. Tylenol
6. Steam
7. Over-the-counter decongestants
8. Bayer (helped some)
9. Excedrin (ditto)
10. Sitting in the dark (also helped a bit)
11. Talking out emotional stuff (there's a few things up, but not an unusual number or of an unusual intensity.)
12. Prescription decongestants and nose drops.



Anonymous said...

CC: If you know a doctor (personally) ask for some 5% Markane solution--you have to draw it out of the bottle, it comes in, with a syringe--then use it like nose drops (take needle off syringe first). Then, you lie down on your bed with your head hanging back over the side (you are looking up)--then put about 4 or 5 drops in each nostril and stay there for 20 or so minutes. This will numb the nerve plexi behind the membranes in your nasal cavity. This works for many headaches. If this does work I would ask a neurologist for an examination for migrane cluster headaches--go from there.

Imitrix is often Rx for some kinds of headaches, but it is rather expensive. This is especially true if you know when the headaches are going to happen and they are accompanied by vision distortion or any nausea.

Any doc. can give you the Markane--tell them what you are going to do.

Cheerfully, Roger Kuhrt, PhD
(Pain management tech. for a neurologist in a former life). Good luck.

Chalicechick said...

Thank you Roger. I started prescription decongestants last night. If I'm still in pain tomorrow morning, I am making another doctor's appointment and I will at least try to ask for that. At this point, I'm about ready to try anything.


Cindy said...

Out here in Western Mass there's a terrible bug that's going around that is a splitting headache that goes with tremendous lethargy and achey legs. The lethargy and legs aren't really noticeable over the headache until someone says, "how's your legs and energy?"

If this is that bug, you've only got a couple of days left... it spins itself out after a week or 10 days. I had it last week.

LaReinaCobre said...

happy cindy - what on earth is that called?!

I'm wearing a face mask from now on.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from an Ohio UU... how about a massage?? Or a session with a chiropractor? Acupuncture? That's about all I can think of at the moment. Good luck. Headaches are awful. I hope you feel better soon. Peace. - Wendy