I’m willing to try anything at this point to get over these headaches. The nice thing about working in technical support is that you work around problem solvers that troubleshoot their way through technical issues like doctors troubleshoot their way through medical issues. Most technical issues are vastly less complicated, but sometimes, you get a weird technical issue that stumps everyone. I’ve listened to everyone’s advice but I haven’t applied everything that I’ve been told.
After seeing Doctor-Number-Five, I filed a formal complaint with my insurance company about my grievances. Although this “Tripping On [The American Healthcare System]” series has provided some interesting writing content, I still would have preferred everything get resolved the first time, or the second time, or the third time, or the fourth time… If that was tedious, try dealing with these mindbender headaches, or, this insurance company. About one month later, I received this reply:
The first dose of ten of Prochlorperazine went down well. Doctor-Number-Seven prescribed this as a replacement to the Odansetron after mistakenly prescribing that, even after I explained that the intended anti-nausea medication gave me nausea. By comparison, I don’t feel nauseous one hour into my dosage. The headache pang that was knocking on the upper back left side of my head calmed down, but is that the medication, or because I’m writing this at home?
Compared to my previous 6-day taper [taking 30mg on day one, 30mg, 20mg, 20mg, 10mg, then finally 10mg], this round of Prednisone is intense. It could just be the music. I’m feeling that ‘roid rage much more intensely than I did before. It could be the coffee. As long as I know it’s a biochemical reaction in my body, I can work through it. It’s the medicine fixing whatever is broken. Let’s explore these sensations.
Brain scan showed all clear. Having had the same lingering tension headache for over two weeks, with increasing light-sensitivity related migraine headaches, and newly developing hypertension pangs, when I was looking up at the walls of the brain scanner, I was thinking, man, this could be it. No more trash-talking albums, no more writing stupid things for nobody to read, and worst of all, no more efforts toward “The Story.” Sorry to disappoint the haters.
Between the “migraine cocktail” that they put me on of Hydromorphone, Ketorolac, and Prochlorperazine, this next round of Prednisone, and getting an all-clear from a brain scan, I’m feeling better. My symptoms were increasing, my health felt like it was declining, and my concentration was getting cloudy. Still, as I neighbored a detoxing addict and someone screaming out in pain, I rightfully seemed an outsider. Who was I complaining about headaches when I could walk-in?
“It is also important to note that overuse of medications such as [acetaminophen cocktails] can actually worsen headache frequency and duration.” Doctor-Number-One didn’t believe I had headaches. Only after I ordered him to did he prescribe me something – a generic over-the-counter – and what I received was this huge bottle of generic medication, “to be used every eight hours as needed for pain.” How does that fix the problem? These OTCs don’t solve our root causes.
“Oh, cool, that nausea was actually a serious medical emergency… glad that’s cleared up.” When I took Ondansetron for nausea that my nine+-day migraine induced, all it did was make everything worse, including give me nausea, serious stomach pain, and spread the headache to my neck, as I wrote about while experiencing it in the mostly-incoherent “Tripping On Ondansetron.” I’m not taking that anymore. Meloxicam, by comparison, isn’t as exciting. These headaches are still here…
Side effects may cause headaches. Although my migraines have gone away, now I have a stiffness along the left side of my head and, nope, my migraine is back. Cool. This is the life I’m living right now. I have few alternatives. I have next to no sick leave and FMLA won’t guarantee I get to keep my job. I wouldn’t even be doing it to slack off. I’d be legit trying to get better.
The headaches got so bad I felt like a junkie by the time I stood in line waiting for the anti-inflammatory medication that had cured my headaches for years before. I had to wait for the right headache, one severe enough that drove me to feel like requesting a lobotomy would be a good idea and still being able to drive before I could see a doctor that would listen to me. Here’s that story.