Has anyone ever been prescribed Stadol Nasal Spray for relief from the pain from a chronic migraine/headache? I have been suffering for 35+ years from these debilitating headaches. I have tried 90% of the prescription pills, injections, sprays, patches, and combinations of all of these rx meds, OTC pain relievers, weekly massages, essential oils, keeping extensive food and headache diaries, accupuncture, etc. Two of my former neurologists (who I can't see anymore because they don't accept my medical insurance) prescribed Stadol Nasal Spray (yes, it is a narcotic/controlled substance) to help me get almost immediate relief for my pain until my migraine pill kicked in. The spray was not long lasting, maybe 30-45 minutes of relief, just long enough for the relpax, maxalt or whatever migraine pill I was on at the time, to kick in. I have asked my new neurologist, my PCP, and my pain doctors to please prescribe this for me again, but no one will. I understand the issues and controversies regarding prescribing narcotics for these headaches as well as dependency issues, however I never had a dependency issue with this med or any other med in the past. I pretty much have a constant daily headache that doesn't go away. My quality of life is in the toilet, my marriage is rocky, at best, and my friends and family are sick of hearing me complain. I don't know how to make the pain subside or go away, yet my doctors continue to prescribe me the same meds every month, knowing they aren't giving me much relief, yet when I have repeatedly told them what has worked in the past, they won't prescribe it for me. I guess my question is, has anyone been prescribed this spray for migraines and if so, what hoops do I need to jump through to the relief from the constant pain I am in. Sorry for the length of my explanation, but thank you for taking the time to read this.
How horrible that you are going through this. The only thing you can do is keep searching for a doctor that will prescribe this spray for you. You might try Pain Management Specialists in your area.
For your headaches I find that rubbing the skin between my thumb and forefinger helps for immediate relief, though it's not long lasting.
Also cream of tartar a dab under your tounge might help, along with a tsp in a glass of water.
Massaging the spot at the middle of the base of your skull can help too.
There is also an ear piercing that many people swear by. Just Google ear piercing for migraines, as I forget what it's called.
Good luck to you!
I was also prescribed stadol when it first came out for migraines. It was first marketed to Drs as being effective, but non-addictive. So Drs were widely, and freely, prescribing it. It didn't take too long before it was actually found to be highly addictive. It's basically described as snorting liquid morphine. I'm afraid you'll be hard pressed to find a Dr to prescribe it now. Your best bet is to go to a pain management Dr and even then I'm afraid you'll have trouble convincing them to prescribe it. Perhaps if you take your records from the original prescribing Dr with you it might help.
My story is almost identical to yours and I see my neurologist next week and going to ask to try Stadol.
I am so sorry to hear about your migraines. I started with 24/7 migraines after a major stroke. Now I only need pain pills about once a week. First, I hope that you are aware that taking any pain medication more than 3 days a week can cause rebound migraines that are even worse. Even when I was taking acetaminophen just at night, the migraines were daily then. Acupuncture has helped the most of anything else, but the acupuncturist has to be good. It was better than Botox which did help me. (Not on it anymore.) But I also am on Butrans patches (an opioid) that stopped me from having to go to the ER about every 3 weeks. Plus I get nerve block and trigger point injections every 4 weeks. But now there is a new migraine medication called Aimovig which has helped me. It is a monthly injection, but it didn't hurt me at all.
It is pricey, so your doctor may have to petition your insurance company to get it approved. Mine had to. I hope that some of what I have done might help you. Migraines used to rule my life.
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