Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Carrie

I have been having headaches since I was in my early 20’s and I am now 51. So, you can tell I have been going through this for a while. I have been on various medications, both preventive and abortive. They range from Fiorinal, Topamax, Aleve, Imitrex, Excedrin Migraine, Neurontin, Treximet, DHE 45 injections, and hormone replacement therapy.

Currently, I am trying out a new machine that pumps cold or hot water into a mask and doing relaxation exercises. I struggle because most of the symptoms are managed, but there is no specific “cure” for me. Other things complicate my case because I have a mood disorder and am trying to reduce my stress. My daughter is 11 and struggles with ADHD and a chronic anemia problem. I have had a gynecologist, a neurologist, and two headache specialists, but I keep on trying because life is too short to let pain get in the way.


New Daily Persistent Headache

New daily persistent headache (NDPH) can best be described as the rapid development (over less than 3 days) of an unrelenting headache. Most sufferers can recall the exact day the headache started and have experienced daily headache since that time. Continue Reading


Neurontin

Neurontin is the trade name for the generic drug gabapentin. It is useful as an anti-epileptic drug and as an analgesic, particularly for pain of the neuropathic or neurogenic type. (pain from irritation or inflammation of nerves). When used for controlling epilepsy, it is usually used in conjunction with another anti-epileptic drug. It is used much more extensively in the medical field to treat pain than it is to treat epilepsy.

The chemical structure of gabapentin is related that of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which is a neurotransmitter in the brain. The exact mechanism as to how gabapentin controls epilepsy and relieves pain is unknown, but it probably acts like the neurotransmitter GABA. Continue Reading