... migraines. Already have a neurologist that performs lumbar punctures very often to relieve the pressure in my spine however the migraines stick around for weeks sometimes months without any relief. Neurologist recommended finding a pain management doctor. There are plenty around me however most do not prescribe medications they want to try injections first... My neurologist already takes care of that aspect.. He needs me to find someone who can control the pain on a day to day basis so i can go about daily activities. Anyone have ANY recommendations for new Jersey? Willing to travel! Thank you!
While lumbar punctures may be helpful in relieving pressure in the brain and optic nerve, it's not a comprehensive pain solution for your condition for many sufferers. Corticosteroids are the most frequently used medications used for additional pain and most doctors won't have any issues prescribing these as long as you don't have a history of issues from taking them (I personally am a slow metabolized and therefore take an infant level dose, but it works!) A PCP can prescribe corticosteroids and with your health history they will understand your need. They can also offer additional thugs to try or doctor's who they regard highly for pain management.
Some of the most common alternative treatments you may look into include:
(1) Fluid or salt restriction is recommended as this will reduce your tendency toward swelling/inflammation which will increase pressure throughout the body
(2) Medications like corticosteroids, acetazolamide, and furosemide
(3) Shunting to relieve pressure caused by spinal fluid buildup
(4) Surgery to relieve pressure on the optic nerve if the lumbar punctures aren't sufficient
(5) Weight loss for those who are overweight can be very helpful; using an anti inflammatory diet even if you're not overweight can be helpful too
Hope you're doing much better by now or that some of the above may help. Best wishes.
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