... The only med that helps my migraines is Fioricet with codeine. I can't take triptans and Tylenol 3 does absolutely nothing. I know Frioricet is notorious for causing rebounds, but it hasn't been an issue until this year. Every time I try to stop or taper off it, I nearly end up in the ER. I can't sleep and become hysterical. I think the hysteria/panic is the hardest thing to deal with. I'm also schizoaffective with history of mania. I do have valium and other meds that would probably knock me out. If I need to be bedridden for a while, that's fine. The migraines have already made me bedridden. I'm having Botox now, but I don't know it it will help while having the rebounds. If anyone has any tips on how to survive the med withdrawal and rebounds, I'd appreciate any advice - Thx so much! :)
Have you tried any preventives I was taking Fioricet also and it was most definitely causing rebound migraines/headaches. Now I am on 50mg of Amitriptyline 25mg wasn't doing it but when I got 50mg it helped immensely. I think now I only get a migraine or a headache if I get a cold or I get really stressed out.
Your Botox will NOT stop the rebound migraines from the Fioricet. You should consider telling your doctor about your dependence on Fioricet. Ask for help trying to get off the Fioricet. There are other pain killers that don't have nearly the terrible rebound migraines that Fioricet causes. And another one works better for me than the Fioricet. But know that any pain reliever, even OTC ones, taken more than 2 or 3 days a week can cause rebound migraines. And you won't even know if the Botox is working. It most likely will help your migraines. Don't keep on the terrible wagon of migraines. Wish you the best.
There's no maximum amount of anti- depressants that you can take - and Amitrypatline is amazingly effective with pain, including migraine pain. I'm surprised your neurologist hasn't tried you on it, or on some of the migraine aborting meds, such as Imitrex or Relpax. These work well for a large amount of migraine sufferers. Do you pay out of pocket for the Botox? If you are using Medicare for payment they require you to try these before they will pay for Botox.
I was on Fioricet 2 pills, 4 times per day for 11 days after a spinal fluid leak caused a spinal headache that went into a doozy of a migraine! Then I used Fioricet for about a year after for a different kind of migraine - nothing else helped. I had rebound headaches for a month or two getting off the Fioricet - no fun, but I did get off of it. Sometimes the treatment is worse than the cure ya know? Best to try to manage your normal migraines as best you can and just knuckle through getting off the Fioricet. I don't know any other way. Sorry! - EJ23
I assumed that you must have been tried on at least several of the daily preventative migraine meds to have started with Botox. Examples are Amitriptyline and Topomax. But if not, you should definitely try that as well. Any regular doctor can prescribe it. You don't need a neurologist to prescribe it.
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