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I've been to a slew of doctors over the past 13 years. Things I've tried:
--botox injections (around my head)
--steroid facet joint (cervical) injections
--anti-depressants (e.g. Cymbalta)
--off-label meds (neurontin, topamax, elavil)
--trigger point injections
The ONLY thing that made me pain free for 2 weeks, a 3-day hospital stay where I received DHE IV followed by two weeks of steroids. The doctor retired and abandoned my case.
I was on Percocet for 4 years, when I realized it didn't help the pain, but made me "not care" and by the last year, I was physically dependent on it. I took the initiative to get off of it when I realized I was taking it to avoid withdrawal symptoms. I used Suboxone to end the cycle. I have been off of the Sub for a few months now.
I've received two diagnoses: NDPH (new daily persistent headaches); atypical migraines.
I have an appointment with an osteopath in 2 weeks for exactly that purpose. However, I am not optimistic that even if my magnesium levels are outside of normal range, that treatment will not alleviate the pain. So many things have failed. Is there no doctor or facility that can treat me for NSAID rebound headaches? Why did the DHE IV help?
I have had several MRI's and an MRA. All came back normal. Also had the neck done, results were unremarkable.
I have *some* arthritis in my lower back (L3/L4) and after the first facet injection, my headaches became a bit milder but the pain returned. So we tried them in my neck.
Are you suggesting that the rebound effect will end if I eat a whole food diet? I worked with a naturopath and did that for 6 weeks, to no avail. As for magnesium, what about the levels would make you think that they are contributing to my issue? I am curious as I found out about magnesium on a social forum. Why hasn't any of the dozen or so doctors suggested this to me. Further, I asked to try cafergot and was told by the pharmacy that it is no longer manufactured. Having said that, what other forms of ergot-based medications would you suggest I ask about? Do they cause rebound effects? Lastly, how is osteopathic manipulation different from what the chiropractors and physical therapists tried?