Saturday, April 17, 2010
Bad Headache No. 3 2010
It's bad when you end up at every traffic light praying for it to turn green as the pain mounts and you're not sure you can safely continue to drive, and you're not sure you can even make it home. By the time I was home I was at the "Oh God Oh God Oh God" stage of pain. My dear mother made me some ice packs and I packed my head and neck in ice trying to bring the pain under control. Past the point where I could keep medication down, I slathered on some of the skin cream with phenergan and benedryl, but it was already too late.
My head pain is sorta like a teeter totter - the pain kicks over center and there is no bringing it back down however hard I try. Finally at nine o'clock I am way past where I can drive, so I call my sister to see if she can pick me up from the local emergency room if I call an ambulance. She says she will just take me, which I hate for her to do because her husband is disabled from a stroke and her being away very long is hard on both of them. She comes and gets me and we drive through the rain the 15 miles to the ER.
I have been dry heaving for the last two hours by the time we get there, and starting to shake all over from the pain - a sign for me that soon I won't be able to walk or talk from the pain @ a 10 on my pain scale. I'm way past the "Kill me now" stage by this point. The Headache at these stages surges forward with pain then lets off then surges forward with pain again, each time the pain increases a little more. Every time I try to throw up the pain surges, so towards the high end of the pain spectrum it gets pretty bad. My blood pressure was high enough when the nurse triaged me it set the silly beeping alarm off which is like a drum beat in my head - BEEP pain BEEP pain BEEP pain...Augggh!
Luckily or unluckily I looked so bad coming in, they triaged me within a couple of minutes and was so bad in triage they took me directly back to a bed. Within 15 minutes I was evaluated by a doctor and in 20 minutes I was given a big shot of NuBain and phenergan. I was so much in pain I was desparately thinking "There's something about NuBain I can't remember what it is" but I couldn't remember so I got the shot. I was out of there in approximately an hour after I went in, which is quick for an ER.
The NuBain definitely made me floaty and sleepy but didn't do a thing for the pain. Ooops, that was what I couldn't remember. NuBain makes me throw up a lot, and doesn't help the pain at all - it "suspends" the pain at the level it is - the pain doesn't get worse, but it doesn't get better. Hours later after I got home, slept and then woke up, the pain is still there. Now almost 24 hours later the pain is still there, just still sleeping waiting for the meds to wear out and then go again. I'm trying all my tricks to get it under control, because I don't want to end up in the ER again. Definitely for me, no more NuBain. Sigh.
I'm so grateful to my sister for her help. Too many of my family have had to end up in ER with me in order for me to receive pain medication, because they won't give it to you if you don't have a ride home. Sometimes I wish I just had a shot I could administer to myself without having to pay the $150 copay just to get pain relief.
All of my weekend chores like grocery shopping are on hold. Hoping tomorrow will be a better day.