After reading many posts, im concerned.. I went into the ER for pressure in my head due to me hitting my head several weeks prior... Kept getting bad sharp shooting pain in my head as well as headaches & really bad pressure in the back of my head.. Needless to say if been suffering from headaches possible migraines for years now from a car accident several years back.. But since hitting my head the pain went from bad to worse.. Lots of pressure, light, loud sounds, ect effected it more, but the pressure & sharp knife stabbing like pains come & go in certain parts in my head, I woke up one morning with bad pressure, headache, vomiting, dizziness, all 10 finger tips went knumb for an hour or do, fever, I knew it had to be something so I finally went to the Medical aid unit in my city.. The doc there thought when I hit my head it triggered migraines, but I advices him I suffered from headaches for years.. He referred me to a local hospital to the ER to get. Cat- scan just incase there could be any internal bleeding in the brain, so I went.. The cat scan showed that the back of my brain was enlarged, & the resident ER doc wanted to get a sexing option and possibly do a spinal tab.. They ended up discharging me & referring me to follow up with a PCP ASAP.. I returned home, still having the pain, fever, ect.. Ended up goin to another local hospital because the pressure, pain ect got worst & I started having hot flashes, sweats, & then cold chills... Even had those symptoms the night prior to going to the medical aid unit.. When I returned back to another ER, they read the previous CT- scan & wanted to do the spinal tab, which they did, ran blood work & both came back ok... But they wanted to look further so they ended up admitting me & i started having pain in my left knee/leg, as soon as i stood up with having to be assistant to the restroom, my left leg gave out on me, started having these unfamiliar twitches in my knee, & pain down my leg, so with that said theynoted it and did a MRI the next day, which showed several white spots in the back of my brain that was unknown... I spent 5 days in the hospital 7 different medicines, & since being discharged since June 21 I still have the sharp pains in my head that come and go, sensitivity to loud piercing noices, lights, ect... June 26 when I followed up wit a PCP, both legs from my knees down, including my ankles and feet were swallon, the doc said looked like I was retaining water, said to stay off my feet & rest... I find myself sleepy alot, not myself lately, just in a down, upsetting, depressive mood, and very irritated and aggrivated easily... No longer active, and this is one of the meds I'm taking since being in the ER Amitriptyline HCL 25 mg tablets... After reading all these reviews I'm concerned whether or not I should be taking this, because I don't suffer from anxiety or depression... But I hear its for the brain as well.. Still the spots are unknown, I go for a follow up MRI to see if the spots are still there & they said if they are they want to do another spinal tab, the doc PCP thinks the pain in the leg & knee could possibly be a blood clot so I'm getting the MRI this mon & a X-ray & ultrasound of the knee & leg tues... This all has me worried.. Even tho I'm a Christian women, & I have faith & trust in God I'm still worried... Could someone please let me know what they think... When my husband and I looked up what does white spots in the back of the brain indicate in an MRI it's 1st stated MS, then cancer & a few others... The PCP I got is new, he's old, hasn't perscribed me anything, and I dnt know what to think or do next... Any feed back is appreciated
Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant that is also known to work well against migraine, so that is probably what you are taking it for.
You said you were taking other medications and visiting several doctors. As a rule of thumb, you should inform each and every doctor you visit about every single substance you are taking. They need to consider interactions if they add sth. new to your medication.
As for these MRI-spots: For now, just wait until they have evaluated the follow-up MRI. The first thing you need is an actual diagnosis, ask them for a detailed explanation, what it is that is causing your problems. Try to understand the mechanism, how that cause leads to the symptoms you experience and how your medication / other therapy is supposed to alleviate your pain and cure whatever you have. Hopefully your doctors will take the time to educate you about what they think you have, so you no longer have to worry.
A drugs forum on the internet is not the place to discuss your MRI scans. You need to press your doctors about them. Ask them, if they rule out cancer, MS and all the other things you read and worry about. Also tell them about the two accidents you had and ask if one of them could have caused some kind of damage to your brain. Your symptoms could be related not only to hitting your head but also have a connection to some kind of undiscovered damage done by that car accident. Was an MRI or sth made after that accident? Maybe that migraine is only due to stress / psycic trauma, but organic damage / physical trauma should have been ruled out!
You need to interrogate your doctors like the spanish inquisition. That is the only way you can compare different doctor's opinions and "quality" as a non-expert and find sb. you feel safe with. Good luck!
Amitriptyline is not only prescribed as an antidepressant, but also for pain. It works sometimes. Sounds like the doctor is running all the possible tests to rule out any problems. I'm not a doctor so can't comment on specific test results, but I am a Christian woman and you are allowed to be human. It is natural to worry. Just remember "I can do all things thru God who strengthens me." Rest assured He has the plan and will provide the necessary means to accomplish.
Amitriptyline is a tricyclic class antidepressant.
It is an older antidepressant but it is also prescribed for fibro pain, chronic pain, insomnia, and chronic IBS (Irritiable Bowel Syndrome).
It worked well for my chronic pain for quite a number of years and still helps me fall asleep. I have also found it very effective for helping me control my IBS.
Hope that helps
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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