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Chronicdecay

355d

In a couple weeks I start a 12 week course in comprehensive pain treatment, which aims to help lessen pain, and help you cope with it. There's group counseling, reiki, yoga, meditation, hypnosis, a nutritionist, PT, OT, EMDR, cooking class, sleep well program. Unfortunately, my insurance doesn't cover the acupuncture or massage they also offer. The program is very much about mindfulness. Fingers crossed it helps. Has anyone else gone through a similar program?

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    • 55isMe

      73d

      @Chronicdecay just highlights the individuality of migraines. Maxalt worked for me, but more like Imitrex does for you. Big thing for me was frequency. The imitrex injections were first available (1993), but only 2 in a pack and quite overwhelming (massive flushing and nausea during the first hour, but took migraine away for 18 hour min.). The next year, tablets were available. My doc is the one that said that i could split them. That was the huge difference. Insurance company limits on tablets per month. I could stetch the 9 - 100mg tablets to 27 or 36 doses. So, i could make it through most months. Maxalt limited amount couldnt be split and probably worked 85% as well as just 25mg of imitrex. Amerge worked the best for sinus related migraines, but wouldnt help the 2nd day. For me, imitrex still works great for me after 30 years and i can take it after the migraine is at full tilt. It takes almost exactly an hour to completely wipe it out. So an ice pack and a time out for 30 minutes is my penalty for waiting too long. Conversely, if i take it before the migraine really hits, i can almost forget what migraines are. Bottom line, now that there are so many choices, its worth the time to find the med that works best for you.

    • 55isMe

      352d

      EMDR from local hospital outpatient worked to get my migraines down. After surgery, they spiked and imitrex still worked but they came back 3 times each day. This set them back to just the once a day.

      • Chronicdecay

        75d

        @55isMe I didn't end up being able to do the EMDR because of my nystagmus (my eyes shake). I took imitrex for a few years but it never worked well for me. After trying several, finally found maxalt (rizatriptan) which works quite well for me. Occasionally I need 2 doses. I prefer this because I don't have to take at the first sign I'm gonna have a migraine, I can take it at any point. I get frequent regular headaches too, and most of the time can't tell the difference till I'm well into it.

        • 55isMe

          73d

          @Chronicdecay just highlights the individuality of migraines. Maxalt worked for me, but more like Imitrex does for you. Big thing for me was frequency. The imitrex injections were first available (1993), but only 2 in a pack and quite overwhelming (massive flushing and nausea during the first hour, but took migraine away for 18 hour min.). The next year, tablets were available. My doc is the one that said that i could split them. That was the huge difference. Insurance company limits on tablets per month. I could stetch the 9 - 100mg tablets to 27 or 36 doses. So, i could make it through most months. Maxalt limited amount couldnt be split and probably worked 85% as well as just 25mg of imitrex. Amerge worked the best for sinus related migraines, but wouldnt help the 2nd day. For me, imitrex still works great for me after 30 years and i can take it after the migraine is at full tilt. It takes almost exactly an hour to completely wipe it out. So an ice pack and a time out for 30 minutes is my penalty for waiting too long. Conversely, if i take it before the migraine really hits, i can almost forget what migraines are. Bottom line, now that there are so many choices, its worth the time to find the med that works best for you.

    • Grammy6

      354d

      I have. The pain Rehabilitation program through Mayo Clinic. It is helpful in learning naturalistic ways of living with your pain. I went in 2019 for a 3 week course. It was awesome during but after I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and keep up all the things. It was unrealistic. I use a lot of the tools they taught me. It is not a cure all, but it definitely brought my health from a very bad place to one that 4 years later is more fulfilling. It really helped me to find other people who were living with the same conditions. Listening to their testimonies. Hearing their lives and thoughts mirroring mine so closely when I had felt so alone.

    • Bird68

      354d

      👍

    • Librarianish

      354d

      I haven’t heard of a program like this. I hope it’s successful for you.

    • faerywyrm

      355d

      I wish you the best of luck. Fingers crossed it works and you can continue most of it to help keep it helping.🤗

    • Kingswife

      355d

      Not that intensive but I wish. It would help a lot to not just be doing some here and there like I usually do but to do all in a rigorous program would be very helpful. Especially because they can deal with everything.

      • TigLyn

        355d

        @Kingswife I've had fibromyalgia and connective tissue disease for over 22 years and none of my insurance companies have paid for something like that. My one in Lansing, MI paid for water therapy and that was the best therapy I have had. It was soothing.

        • Chronicdecay

          75d

          @TigLyn Luckily medicaid pays for everything for me... except acupuncture, and reiki. The PT was in a nice warm pool and I loved it. Taking a hiatus for the winter (travel in Vermont in the winter isn't reliable) but plan on restarting this or next month. Gentle yoga or chair yoga is good too, and you can find a bunch of videos on YouTube.

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