Are you satisfied with your current acute treatment plan?
An acute treatment plan is what you do when you have an individual migraine attack, including the medication that you take during an attack. Examples of acute migraine medication are: triptans, NSAIDs, antiemetics, ergot preparations, analgesics, and opiates. Your current acute treatment plan may include one of these medications or a combination of these medications, or it may include different medications or no medications at all.
When thinking about how satisfied you are with your acute treatment plan, think about things like: how complete is the pain relief, how fast is the pain relief, how many symptoms does your treatment plan address, is your treatment plan user-friendly, are there unwanted side-effects to your treatment plan, would you suggest your treatment plan to another person in your situation, etc..
1. I am very satisfied with my current acute treatment plan.
2. I am somewhat satisfied with my current acute treatment plan.
3. I am neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with my current acute treatment plan.
4. I am somewhat dissatisfied with my current acute treatment plan.
5. I am very dissatisfied with my current acute treatment plan.
I'm really annoyed with my plan, basically because I have a prescription but no comprehensive instructions. I used to know when to take my abortive, but now that I have such a high migraine, and get higher spikes on a routine basis, I almost never know when I should have taken my Frova until it's too late. I'm planning on getting more specific instructions as to when to take my abortive, and hopefully get a painkiller stronger than tramadol, next time I see my neuro.
Tramadol didn't work completely for me. It took us about 4 months to come up with Zomig and to take 1-2 at onset (early) and then another in 4 hours if this doesn't help. Because I have rebound headaches I have to be careful. But I have found catching it early I don't need as much medication.
Mine doesn't always work perfectly, but I want to hang onto it for as long as I can. I typically use ice & take ibuprofen or tylenol (sometimes with 4 low dose aspirin with the two extra strength tylenol) and phenergan.
Before I withdrew from the narcotic meds for a time and did a lot of acupuncture, tylenol & aspirin or ibuprofen wouldn't have helped me, but now in conjunction with phenergan, a key part of the treatment and I try to reserve it until night time, I am able to sleep. I at times can have what I call my "hangover headache" (though I have never drank alcohol) or "leftover headache" post phenergan, like maybe it's from the phenergan?
My emergency medication is demerol tabs, taken rarely. Last time I took demerol was because I had a migraine when I was trying to avoid tylenol, etc. in prep. for a lab type test. It sadly didn't work well & I had to take a phenergan later.
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