Thursday, July 16, 2009

Another Crossroads: What to Try Next for Migraines & Occipital Neuralgia


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On Wednesday I had a follow up appointment with the pain specialist who did my radiofrequency rhizotomy (rfa). Unfortunately he pretty much said what I expected - there isn't much left to be tried.

Here is an overview of my main remaining options:

- Occipital Nerve Stimulator

- visit the Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute and get inpatient treatment -
pros & cons
  1. Pro - Support in getting off narcotics, which is something I'm interested in doing.
  2. Pro - Opportunity to consult with another doctor.
  3. Con - One-size-fits-all treatment.
  4. Con - Little time with actual doctor.
  5. Con - Not convinced they are offering anything I haven't already tried.
  6. Con - Poor sleep the entire visit.
  7. Con - Indefinitely trapped in inpatient unit.
- go back to Dallas & see Dr. Krusz

Right now I'm leaning toward another visit to Dr. Krusz and maybe a trial of an occipital stimulator. Dr. G. said he could do the trial of it and then he would send me to a colleague in Denver for the actual implantation surgery if the trial goes well.

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