I know I've posted a few times recently regarding my experience/questions about amitriptyline and my newly acquired daily headaches.
Today marks the one month anniversary of the start of my 24/7/never-leaves-me-alone headache pain. Before this, I used to get headaches/migraines every now and then, but it always responded to ibuprofen and sleep.
I am in need of some of your expert experiences/input since I'm still fairly new to this...
My doctor is not very explanatory so I've been trying to do a lot of research on my own. Though he did tell me to stop googling, cause it increases my anxiety. He keeps making me come back every 5 days or so for updates, but just keeps telling me to continue taking the amitriptyline (20mg).
So I have a few questions:
1. What is the possibility that this is medication overuse headache? The first week of the headaches, I took various painkillers, mostly Ibuprofen but never exceeding the daily amount. I was at the hospital one day, all I got was a muscle relaxant and anti-nausea med (which didn't work). And one day I tried Imitrex, with no luck. The last 3 weeks, I've only taken pain meds on one day, the rest of the time ice pack to the head, sleep and moan in pain when it gets bad.
2. The headache pain for me usually shoots up from the back of my head (from the base) and sometimes spasms, sometimes throbs. I wake up with the pain, go to sleep with the pain. Some days its more bearable than others. I'm wondering, do I need to take something to 'break the cycle' of pain? It feels like the blood vessels are throbbing daily without having a chance to go back to normal. I'm only on a preventative (amitriptyline) will this be enough to break the cycle?
Sorry for the long post!! I look forward to hearing your input. I need help.
Sidenote: referral to neuro sent 3 weeks ago, they replied 2 days ago saying yes they got the referral but they are scheduling appointments by order of importance. So I am on a waitlist to have an appointment scheduled.