I finally gave in and went to the ER last night for a migraine I’d had since Monday. I’d gotten as many as 6 hours of relief at a time from Imitrex, but the thing just kept coming back. It was the longevity that broke me… not the severity.
This streak of not needing the ER has been one of the longest of my adult life. It certainly is by far the longest since I went chronic in 2004. 38 weeks. 9 whole months. I would have loved to have gone a whole year, but I need to see this for the victory it is.
Oddly, I didn’t get an IV with fluids last night, but I was treated relatively well and I got the meds I needed in two IM shots. They took a little longer to work, but lasted longer. And, fortunately, I wasn’t too high on the pain scale, which is how I try to do it now, to go before I’m at that point. I’m not always able to though, my May 30 ER visit being a prime example since that was my worst headache ever.
I mentioned in a previous entry that J thinks I’ve been getting the real drug in the CGRP study. On Wednesday, the open label phase begins and I will receive the first subcutaneous injection of what we will all know is the real thing. Unfortunately, the dose is decreased for open label. So if I have been getting the actual drug, this slight improvement I’ve had will become even more slight and I could regress a little, which I’m not looking forward to. But, if I have been getting the placebo, I should improve more (the former improvement being due to some other factor).
I see Dr Mitzi tomorrow and I am nervous about asking her for anti-anxiety medication. I really feel like having some would help, but I don’t know if she prescribes it. I guess I will just have to find out. I know she’ll help me any way she can.
Well, it’s time for me to get up out of this bed. I am going to head into the Museum for a few hours – it will just be nice to go somewhere, and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather go. ❤️
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