Hi, I've been having chronic migraines since before I was 5 and then from 14 on. So, you can see its been over 17 years of straight pain. Every year the pain got more frequent until now adays its pretty much non-stop. I've had a "migraine" every day for YEARS. On top of that is the "Fibromialgia" pain and the pain from various injuries and health problems. What that boils down to is constant pain. The least pain I have in a day is a 4 on a RARE good day, on average its a 5-6 on a 1 to 10 scale, often ranging at 7 or above to 10. Its gotten to the point where I went from hoping to find a way to prevent and solve the problem to just trying to find a way to live with it (especialy when they told me about 2 years ago that its all Chiari and there's nothing they can really do about it).
Over the years I've tried TONS of medications to help prevent or help with the pain and pretty much nothing worked. I live on a heck of alot of advil and Vicoprophen when I seriously can't stand the pain any more (since I only have a very limited supply from my Neurologist who doesn't want to treat my regular pain that means maybe one at night when I just can't take it any more.) I also take muscle relaxants for muscle spasm in my neck and back & an Anti-inflamitory they started giving me recently. None of these things help much. The doctors keep telling me I'm going to kill my liver with the advil but its one of the few over the counter things that helps so I've made the choice to risk my liver to try to keep my sanity.
I've got a weird body that tends to be allergic to things the average populous is okay with and what they are allergic to I'm okay with. That means that Lyrica and Cymbolta make me sick, as do many other migraine drugs. The rest have no affect on me at all. There's plenty of other medical issues I have too, but I'm going to spare you all the details for the moment so you don't get bored and I don't get reduced to tears and feel like a whiney person while relating them.
Here's my main question: What type of doctor am I suposed to see for the pain?
My Neurologist only wants to work on the "headache" part, which he can't solve, and doesn't want to be responsible for treating the pain, but when I try to see a Pain Management doctor they tell me they don't know what Chiari Malformation is and don't know how to treat it. So I went to see a Rheumotologist and he's trying to give me the anti-inflamitory and see if its Fibromialgia or Chiari. The Anti-inflamitory only helps a little bit when my neck locks up solid and I can't move it. It doesn't help the pain over all. I've tried about everything you can try in those many long years, and nothings helped. Each year the pain gets worse and I've about reached my limit on it. I try to be pleasant about it and not complain or whine. I try to stay cheerful and find fun in things, but I've pretty much given up my entire life due to the pain. I can't work, I can't see my friends, I can't stand up for very long any more, I can't even leave the house or have a regular day- all because of the pain and fatigue. I've tried everything non-medication too- massage, PT, Chiropractor back in High School (which I found out recently is a big NO for Chiari), Acupuncture, bio-feed back- you name it, I tried it. Nothing worked.
My neurologist told me to go to a Pain Management doctor and tell him/her to give me a time-released narcotic based pill, but as I said no Pain Management arround here knows what Chiari is. So I'm stuck in limbo, in constant escalating pain, and I just don't know how much longer I can stand it. I'm seeing a Chiari Center hospital in May (if I can get my insurance to agree to it) in Wisconsin, and I'm doing my best to keep biting my lip, trying to keep a cheerful face on, and just dealing with it til then, but I'm running out of options and I could really use some helpful suggestions please. Thank you!