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It gave him daily headaches. nm

Posted By: Husband tried it on 2006-05-12
In Reply to: Has anyone used Provigil? Could you share your - oh so tired MT


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Geesh..hope this gave you your daily shot of self worth.
for what god gave her in beauty, the devil gave her in insanity.
she is one scary chick to be raising kids.
I just gave notice at my job and all I gave them was when my last day would be. SM

I don't think they even cared why I was quitting.  I called the supervisor to tell her in person and she simple said "I need it in writing and when will your last day be".  Personally, I like things quick and painless. 

Have you had a CT scan?

I used to have daily headaches and I would take some type of pain reliever (usually Excedrin) two or three, sometimes more times a day.  Eventually it got to the point where the Excedring just wasn't cutting it anymore, so I went to see my doctor.  He referred me to a neurologist.  The first thing he told me was to stop taking any kind of over the counter pain meds.  He said I was having rebound headaches, and I had to "detox" from the meds I had been taking.  He also sent me for an MRI just to make sure there was no underlying cause for my daily headaches.

After my MRI and a complete exam by my neurologist we came to the conclusion that I was probably having migraines.  Although my headaches are always in the back of my head, new studies show that migraines are not always just in the front of your head around your eyes.  He put me on a medication called Topamax.  It is a drug that is normally prescribed for epilepsy, but has also been shown to help people that suffer from headaches.  It is used as a preventative medication.  I take it every night before bed so I don't wake up with a headache.  It takes some time to build up in the body, so it's not an instant fix.  There was a 2-3 week period of time when I thought I might die because I hurt so bad.

The only advice I can offer is this:  Make sure you are drinking plenty of water every day.  Water is known to help with headaches.  Make sure you are eating at least three times a day.  I realized after talking to my neuro that I would often skip meals because I would be busy and he told me that is a sure fire way to cause a headache.  Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep at night.  6-8 hours is key.

You may want to see about going to see a neurologist.  Or discuss the possibility of migraines with your doctor.  Since I have "detoxed" from the OTC meds, I still get headaches, but not nearly as often as I did before.  I take the Topamax at night, and once I was significantly "detoxed", my neuro doc prescribed Relpax, which is a migraine medication similar to Imitrex that I can take at the onset of a migraine.

It will be difficult but you can do it.   

I don't get headaches too often, but
when I do rhey're miserable. I picked up a Homedics Shiatsu massager at Walgreen's which is specifically designed for the posterior neck muscles. It is a tremendous help! Seven minutes of this and I almost fall asleep. It's a medication-free option to consider. Good luck--I know it hurts :(
Thank you very much for your concern. I appreciate it. I do feel a little better today, although still didn't rest well last night. Got to do something about that but not sure what yet.
I really feel for you. I used to have stress migraines and I was on Fioricet 3 x a day. Also, found out that the Fioricet did not help headaches, made them worse. It just may be that the medicines you are on, one or some are causing the headaches. I have restless legs and tried amitryptyline, did not help. When I stopped the Fioricet and went on Darvocet my headaches went away. They really should order a CT or MRI of your brain to see if you have migraines. TMJ, allergies will also give headaches. A chiropracter and acupuncture did not help me. What helped, a hysterectomy for fibroids, my headaches were all menstrual related. I know how you feel on all those medications and try to find a doctor who will listen to you and figure out what medicine might be having a rebound effect, or what other medicine you could take. I also wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning from restless legs, and I grind my teeth at night from TMJ, and the only medicine that helped with my fibromyalgia and TMJ and restless legs was Darvocet, there is something in that medicine that helps everything. Good luck, hope you get some answers soon, don't worry you will find a doctor who will listen to you, I did, and it was not in my head.
Those headaches do me in...
My husband has to literally hit my back by my shoulder blades and rub my shoulders every so often. I take Excedrin daily and freak out if we're low. But we're just goofing off at home, right? I also remember when I worked in-house about an MT who used to think about her grocery list while typing. When you mentioned you can't think about anything else while doing this, she came to my mind. She actually was very good and very fast. That was my first year doing this and I was in awe:-)
For those with headaches
Very often if you have someone massage your neck & shoulder muscles and the muscles along your occiput, you will be free of headaches.

If you don't have anyone to massage you, do what you can to yourself.

You can also use a tennis ball (lie on it or put between you and the wall). You can put it in a long sock and hang it down your back too (between you and the wall). It works great!

Often when I lie on the floor and use it along the occiput, the muscles are so tight that it refers pain around to the front of my head. Allow pain to reach 8/10 for brief spells and do a couple times a day if you can. :)
Your headaches and sleeplessness..
I just e-mailed you regarding your headaches, and I also wanted to let you know of a product I also use called Serene for sleeplessness. I have a type A personality and I always wake in the early morning hours and then cannot get back to sleep worrying about "stuff." Rather than take the prescription meds for sleeping I was more interested in getting natural relief and the company I referred to in my e-mail has the product named above for sleeplessness. It works wonders!!! I  hope you find some relief soon. Char
morning headaches
Sleep apnea can cause morning headaches because of oxygen deprivation.  Have you ever had a sleep study?
I have cluster headaches and this is
what I take. Fioricet with codeine and phenergan. I, too, get these often and I have found that they coincide with my hormone shot that my husband gives me every 2 weeks. I get them when my hormones are running low and then again a day or two after the shot. I, too, get 30 pills a month (sometimes I have to take them all - sometimes not) They are prescribed to take 2 at the onset of the headache and then 1 every 4 hours until the headache is cleared up to 6 a day. Sounds like you may be having a rebound headache from the meds though if you take one everyday just routinely. I had one doc prescribe just the plain fioricet without the codeine and it did nothing for the headache - some doctors just don't believe in or want to prescribe narcotics. I am also on oxycontin and norco for fibromyalgia - but these 2 meds do not help the headaches. Hope this helps. I would ask for what you think you need and for as much as you feel you need - you are the only one who knows your pain threshhold. I would also keep a headache diary to document and perhaps find triggers for your headaches that you could then avoid. Like I cannot be around strong colognes or perfumes or go into department stores where these are sold - it means immediate headache. This sensitivity prevents me from going to the malls, church, restaurants, and parties. It is a small price to pay, though, if it will prevent me from having a debilitating headache. I do miss church, though.
Tension headaches
Do any of you get daily tension headaches from wearing the headset?  It is a daily problem for me and makes me have to stop to wait for the headache to go away.  Any suggestions on what I could do to stop these headaches?
Rebound headaches are from medication
in pain, you may use the meds too often. The theory behind the rebound headache is that the overuse of drugs makes the headache rebound after your body uses all of the medication. An OTC drug or a Rx that is taken too often causes an episode where your brain gets relief from the pain, likes the effect, and then signals "pain" in its search for more of the drug, and you increase dosages to get more relief. Your medication becomes less and less effective and you create a cycle of misery. (This is adapted from the website, "Migraines for Dummies" (even though I don't have migraines.) It's the best explanation I have found on the web for rebound HA. I just want relief.
rebound headaches via MayoClinic..sm



usually overmedicated........

Long distance headaches - help!

I'm in Ohio and work for a service in California.  It's been a real problem finding a true unlimited plan. 

Have tried Vonage (call quality was substandard), ATT "unlimited" long distance (got one of those nice letters), and now the phone card company I had been using apparently decided to jack their rates way up.

Looking at ATTCallVantage, using satellite internet service (no DSL where I live).  Anyone have experience with this, and do things work well for you? 

All help is much appreciated!



Anyone type info on rebound headaches?
I've been told by my doctor to stop my medication for chronic headaches - she says I have rebound headaches.  Has anyone out there been through this?  It's been a week, and my head is killing me.  She said I would have headaches for about two or three weeks, then they would taper off.  Any ideas on getting through this period of time?  Has anyone typed this?
BUt I like not being the boss and dealing with the headaches and I like having co-workers to help
Great West covers Botox for headaches.
Otherwise, go to a neurologist. It only costs $425 and worth every penny.

It sometimes is really hard to transcribe patients complaining about their headaches when your own head is about to explode. I did learn how to take charge of my own care, which happened to be extremely useful because the pain management physician I was assigned to ended up being the biggest idiot on earth. I was finally able to change doctors.
I have frequent headaches, too. My coincide with my periods. Nothing OTC helps. SM
Any suggestions for me?
I have occasional migraine headaches. I can miss a day of work and SM
make it up, no problem. I am glad I work at home during those times.
Bells palsy and chronic headaches? Does anyone have any good info or help out there? sm

Unfortunately, I have had Bells palsy for the past 8 years. I got it while pregnant and had a pretty severe case. I was extremely sick with that pregnancy and then ended up with the Bells palsy. In fact, my baby quit growing after I got the Bells palsy! Thank God I was about 32 weeks when I got it. Anyway, over time the symptoms have not been as bad. For the most part to look at me you couldnt tell I had the Bells--until I smiled at you. Then, of course, you would know it. I have regained some use of muscles, but not all. I have been able to get my eye to close, but it is not tight, so I still battle with dry eye every night/morning. My forehead has been completely "dead" since this happened. Even electric stim could not move the muscle! Whenever I get a headache it always seems to settle on the dead part of my forehead. My headaches have been increasing lately, and currently I have had a headache for five days! I have tried Advil, Tylenol and Excedrin Migraine with no relief. My neurologist cant see me until January since I havent been to him for years. I can not afford an MRI right now and have no desire to start taking any type of pain med. Does anyone have any experience with Bells or have any ideas. I was wondering if a TENS unit might help. I have been reading about that on the internet. Sorry this is so long. Thank you for any help. As you can imagine, I am having a very hard time working all day at my computer with this!

Personally, I would keep the production MT position. Lead not worth the headaches! nm
That's a good suggestion. I knew someone that had headaches and it turned out to be from small
from her gas logs. They were not installed properly (not that anybody is using gas logs this time of year, LOL).
My headaches were caused by a bad chair! My boss told me about the same thing and sm
I went out and bought a new chair. No more headaches. That was 4 years ago and it still ticks me off that I had a headache for 5 months that no one had a reason for. Turns out that my chair was tilting funny and I was over-compensating for it without realizing that it was off balance.

This is what I use daily


This site lets you type in three or more letters of the drug, and it pulls up everything with those letters.  It's great for when you only hear part of the drug.


Daily work is exactly what the word DAILY means --> work that comes in on a daily basis.  No days pass by without an empty queue.

I must be with the wrong companies then.

By chance is this MT Daily?
Not everyone comes to this board daily!
Are we not allowed to ask questions if they've been asked before? I understand this is the main board but people complain on the company board too if you ask about a company already posted about. Maybe those people can just skip over the posts and keep going, onto another message board preferably! Sheesh.
How many authors do you have daily?

I'm with a small MTSO and for quite a while have been on an account with about 10 doctors, mostly ESL.  I was very comfortable with them.  I have been trained on three accounts, one with maybe 6 and then another very large account, but they kept me primarily on this account.

Recently I was switched to one of the other accounts - no ESL, but this last pay period I had 38 different authors!!  Am having a hard time getting comfortable, and there's other problems , but for this post I just was hoping to find out, on average how many authors are others doing?

Maybe I was really lucky before with just 10 docs - ?

Usually 2 hours daily.
Today I clocked 2 hours 33 minutes and I can honesly say I'm beat!  Almost solid H&Ps and D/C summaries too...so finger-saving normals.  Blech!
I would still flag it - he said twice daily not

Daily digest
What's the daily digest?  I had not heard of that.  How do we sign up for it?
I add things daily. sm
I have been an MT and had an Expander for nine years, and i still add things on a daily basis. Not only cos I still run into new stuff daily, but also because your mind thinks of more and more complex things to put in there as you go.

Back when I started, all I thought about was long words and two-word phrases, maybe some longer phrases. I was happy with that. But then as i went typing happily along, I discovered I could do much more -- put entire sentences in, put formatting in, create entire pick lists, call up macros, call up websites, call up templates, the list goes on and on.

How do I remember them? Well, first I realize it's missing by actually typing in the short I think would make sense if it was in there. If it's not there, I put it in. Then maybe the next time I run into that phrase, I think, "hmm, have I entered this before?" and i try out the short that would make the most sense to me (at that time of course, which could be completely different than the first time!) And if it's there, yeah! I just saved myself some keystrokes!

I also just switched to IT and about once a month I run an enrichment on my doctors to get the most out of what they say.
what is daily work?
If it's never running out, being able to work the hours you want to work and still making a decent paycheck, then yes I have daily work.
The Daily Typo: - (sm)

What was dictated:   "He had normal fundi bilaterally."

What I typed:  "He had normal FUNGI bilaterally."

Mental image that conjured up:   Dude with large mushrooms sprouting out of his ears!     

Do you currently post on MT Daily or read it?

I was thinking about paying the $48 but then I thought there are only limited amount of people who will pay so probably not as good as MTStars.  It was fun though before they started charging and if they only charged half as much they would draw more people.  $48 is way high when other boards are free.

Just some daily walking would probably shake it for you, too. nm
? lidopine bis-a-late 10 mg daily
Anyone heard of this.  I posted on word board but got no help.  Need STAT.
I change mine daily
I use td for today's date and yd for yesterday's date and I just change them every day.
MSN used to send me daily e-mails SM
telling me every single website they had been to.  But this would only work if they sign in under their own name and not "borrow" mom or dad's name! 
pt does get her mammagram daily. LOL ouch sm


G2, P2.  Her pregnancies were uncomplicated.  She has not seen a gynecologist in over two years, but she does get her mammogram daily.    Uhhh.... I don't think so Mr. MD!!!   You couldn't get me to do that daily if ya paid me!

well, 4 times daily as needed...yep. i think so!
it doesn't have to be taken 4 times a day just as needed.

If you don't speak on a daily basis . . .
We speak several times daily.
Even right now while he's overseas on a business trip, we make time for a couple daily phone calls.
I'm with you ... I get enough reality just with my daily living. sm

Kinda nice to get lost and just veg with my Law & Order and CSI addictions :)

Obviously, I'm in the minority since they seem to come up with more and more reality shows .... I admit to watching the Biggest Loser a couple of times, but I can't imagine being "hooked" and watching it all of the time, sitting on the edge of my seat. 

I work with SR on a daily basis, and I can tell you...sm
...it will NOT be replacing human intelligence, now or 10 years from now or 50 years from now. The files we work on come from a VERY expensive speech recognition system and the quality is very poor. SR cannot handle punctuation well at all, doesn't know when to stop and start sentences, has problems with capitalization, and ironically enough, when the doctor actually spells something out, that totally confuses SR!

But even if technology advances to the place where speech recognition can accurately reproduce every word and sound that comes out of a doctor's mouth, so what? That STILL will not replace human MTs, because doctors do not always say what they mean, or even when they DO say what they mean, what they mean is not right! We're the only ones who can clean up that mess.

Fix Or Repair Daily = FORD....nm
What reference do you use the most on a daily basis? SM

I lost all my reference books in a fire and I can't afford to replace them all at once.  I am buying a couple of books each pay check and I've been trying to decide what I need the most.  So far I have gotten a Dorland's Medical Dictionary, Surgical Word Book, and Radiology Word Book because I do radiology a couple of times a week. 

So to all you acute care MTs out there, what books do you find yourself using on a daily basis?

I use my old faithful PRD with it daily, no problems. sm
Chartscript looks scary at first, but it's the easiest thing to use once familiar with it.