Hi, I am suffer from long-term migraines. In my teens the doctors just threw pain medication at me, but over the years my migraines progressed and eventually they sent me to neuro for an mri after trying numerous first line treatments. Turns out i have two dislodged vertebrae in my neck,( there is a phase for it but cannot remember)
I would come under the chronic migraine category. They put me on topamax 100mg twice daily and changed my reliever to rizatripan. This brought my migraines down to about three "manageable" migraines per week but the black outs disappeared and I was able to return to work.
Again about 9 months later they returned with a bang,every day same cycle black outs dizziness,flu like symptoms so they put they put me on gabapentin as recommended by neuro and over time uped it to 1200mg. It reduced the migraines but I was unable to function on such a high dose so once the migraine settled to again about three per week they reduced it to 300mg plus the topamax and I was able to return to work again.
6months later I'm off again, doctor said they don't know what they are going to do,they have gave me diazepam,naproxen,co-codamol 30/500 for pain said they want to try reduce they inflammation of the blood vessels before they change any medication. I am off work for the third time in three years.
I had laser treatment on my next and acupuncture but no luck, also have withdrawal from food but no triggers.
Any help/advice would be much appreciated as my doctor is pretty useless. They have done all bloods etc. I work in pharmacy so am pretty pushy with them but just want a solution.