Starting from where I left off I have continued with my trigger point therapy, slowly increasing the time between treatments. Although this has by no means cured my headaches I do strongly believe that it has helped to reduce the frequency and intensity of the headache, and made a real difference to the neck and shoulder pain that use to drive me mad daily. My doctors do not seem to accept this but after over two years of continuous pain, I believe that on the subject of this treatment I am more qualified to judge it.
Anyway, after spending four days in hospital having an inpatient dihydroergotimine infusion I returned home. I did not see any real improvement from this treatment and actually had a really bad week of headaches the week proceeding. This lead me to my GP`s office to try and get some migraine meds to try and relieve my pain. We spoke for a while about the headaches and about how having a long term illness can lead to depression and anxiety issues. Although I do not feel that either of these were the cause for my headaches (as life was brilliant before I got this headache problem) I do except that over the course of the past couple of years I have become very anxious about my headaches. At the end of this consultation I was given a medication called Pregabilin (Lyrica). It`s a similar medication to Gabapentine which I tried a year or so ago but had to stop due to side effects. This medication is used to treat nerve pain and Migraines but is also used for General Anxiety Disorder, so two birds with one stone!
Since taking the Pregabilin I have noticed a difference in both the intensity of the headache and shoulder pain as well as the lack/decrease of worry when the headaches do get bad. It has also seemed to help with my sleep patterns as I know achieve an average of seven hours uninterrupted sleep, minus the odd toilet stop! Nearly a fifty percent increase in my sleeping time! I am at present taking 50mgs, 3 times a day. This is a low dose and over the next couple weeks I will be stepping it up to 100mgs, 3 times a day. I try not to get too excited in case this is not as helpful as it seems but at present it is great to be having days were I can face the day, complete tasks, achieve goals and targets I set myself.
Fingers crossed and will post soon.