Tuesday, January 16, 2007

My Neurologist Is So Headache Inducing, He Gave Me A Migraine!

I know, it sounds like a bad punch line/one-liner but I went to see my neurologist yesterday and it was just maddening. I don't expect every doctor I have to commit my entire history to memory--I know that's impossible--but this guy doesn't even know who I am! Every time I walk into his office, it's like I'm a new patient! Is it too much to also ask that neurologists out there not have egos the size of their office buildings and personalities the size of the pen point of which they use to write the notes which they obviously don't bother to read? He said some other things that were inaccurate and actually kind of inappropriate but I didn't have the energy to get into it with him. Everything is "under control" so let's just have our 10 minute consult and be done with it, okay?

My head began to hurt the minute I left his office. I went home and it stopped. But then later in the evening, I started to get my regular aura: light sensitivity, nausea and irritability. And my head had started to hurt again. I had taken some ibuprophen a few hours prior but it hadn't worked.

Time to reach for the abortive? In my case, Maxalt/Rizatriptan. The only problem is, it doesn't seem to play well with my current sleepy med, Imovane/Zopliclone. For some reason, I just get the worst sleep ever when I take the two in conjunction! Of course I mentioned this to my neurologist yesterday and he didn't even bother to acknowledge it. I just told him that I also pop an anti-nauseant which is good for the aura symptoms and it also helps with the sleep.

But last night, I still slept like crap, and when I woke up today, I was still feeling very nauseous and dizzy. I have the typical feeling that someone has hit me with a shovel across my neck and shoulders...that's normal after I have a migraine (or don't as for me, the abortives work well and usually catch things before they become full blown.)

I'm still a bit puzzled as to why I still feel so nauseous and dizzy today though. I've been trying to get some more sleep but haven't really been successful. I'm not hungry but that's "normal" for me anyway. I don't feel "sick" in any other way.

Who knows? I'm sure he didn't give me a migraine but it's awfully fun and funny to blame it on him. And awfully ironic that I got one immediately after seeing him.


Michelle said...

Timing is everything, isn't it?

I have not had a migraine in about 15 years and I am so thankful for that. My twin boys were born 10 weeks premature and I started having them right after that. I'd lose sight in my right eye and then the headache would hit me hours later. I thought that I was going blind but my eye doctor referrerd me to someone else. They told me that I was having ocular migraines.

Anyways, I hope that you get some high quality and quantity sleep and no more headaches from the head doctors!

sisiphus said...

Oh you poor thing. You go to see a doc. who should have the decency to read up on your file before you go into the consult (or at least, if he's been too busy to do so, admit it)and then he is and idiot whilst you are there and then you get a migraine. I know what migraines are like as I have had them and I really feel for you. I used to use sumatriptan for prophylaxis but it didn't work if I didn't catch it in time.

Patient Anonymous said...

Thanks, guys. I'm still feeling nauseous today and kind of out of it but that could be just the gastro stuff rearing it's ugly head. Or maybe somewhere in between I've picked up some bug? Yes, I am a mess.

Back at work today, however. Managed to get a bit more sleep last night...