Topomax put me in the ER last year so a refused to get back on it when the migraines came back in the fall on top of my IIH. He also wanted to put me on a Beta Blocker which I also refused. That's when he talked to me about nerve blocking which is done by injecting an anesthetic on the nerves going into the craneal area right behind the ears. The effect lasts about 4-5 months and is used to stop the migraines. Has anybody heard of this procedure? It really worked wonders for me.
Yes, I really like getting mine, and would never miss an appt. But I guess my migraines are a lot worse than yours--probably since they were caused by a major stroke. I get 15 nerve block and trigger point injections every 3-4 weeks!! And by the time for my next injections they have worn off quite a bit. So for you to get such great results from just a couple injections that last 4 to 5 months really floors me. But I will tell you that the first set of injections I got completely took away my severe 24/7 migraines. And I was able to get off of 2 strong pain killers that I was taking daily. I read later that the doctors thought that I would need rehab to get off of them, but I didn't know and didn't experience any withdrawal symptoms. I was just so delighted to have the migraines stop! Now 3+ years later, I'm not getting as good a response as I did that first time.
Also I get 25 Botox injections every 10 weeks which help me even more. Plus I take an herbal Petadolex daily, plus an anti-depressant which also serves as a pain killer and an opiate patch. Plus I put on an anti-inflammation gel almost daily. My 3 neurologists and headache specialist have all told me that migraines caused by a stroke are very hard to treat and that I may have them for the rest of my life.
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