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Yesterday's migraine got worse overnight, so I called the clinic in the morning. Someone attached to a different doctor in my team called back after I left a message and told me to go to the ER instead of sick call since "there could be many causes of a severe migraine" and I might "need a scan", and to call back to let them know after I was treated.

As expected, the folks at Wayne Memorial were quick, efficient, and really nice -- they darkened the room I was in while waiting for the doctor, asked regularly if I was comfortable, and got me out-processed quickly when I was ready to go. I was intravenously administered Ativan (lorazepam) and an anti-nausea drug I didn't catch the name of (not phenergan or compazine) and instructed to stop taking the Ortho Tri-Cyclen and to see my home doctor (in Colorado) as soon as I can.

That IV'd medication made me so sleepy I only remember Himself waking me up to tell me he was leaving for work, but I woke up around 6 PM with Laurel snuggled up to my side. The clinic was already closed by then, so they'll get my follow-up message in the morning.

I feel better than I expected not taking the OT-C today but my legs hurt like I've run without stretching beforehand and my period started again (it'd just stopped a few days ago). Now that I've lost almost two days of moving prep time due to this, will be working double-time to get back on track. At least I shouldn't have any more migraines!

Laurel is being really sweet about me being so out of it -- when she wants something, she'll pat my hand instead of pulling on my finger or being loud and when I was sleepy this afternoon, she snuggled up with me and was experimentally poking my face when I woke up. She's also been singing, so I've figured out her regular songlist: the Alphabet Song -> Sing (a Song) -> Elmo's World theme -> Twinkle Twinkle Little Star -> Sesame Street theme. Since I'm not up to putting her in Himself's desk chair and spinning her around, she just showed me that she's lined up a bunch of stuffed animals in it and will spin them herself. My doofey kid. (:


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Aug. 14th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
Ortho Tri Cyclen is the worst thing to take. I had the worst migraines when I took that and they were almost everyday. They should have put you on something else... I don't even see how people can handle that stuff. It's evil.

I hope you feel better soon! *hugs*
Aug. 14th, 2003 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yowsa. It's too bad that it's taken this long to figure out what's going wrong beneath your skin. We really should get together for something before you two leave.
Aug. 14th, 2003 09:27 pm (UTC)
How long were you on OT-C before it started giving you problems?
I'm on it and I think its the source of all my headaches and migraines. Grr
I hope everything is okay now.
Aug. 19th, 2003 02:50 am (UTC)
The nausea started on my second day; I got my first migraine a week after I started taking O-TC. I've been nausea and migraine-free since I stopped, but I've only been off them for less than a week.

The doctor that treated me at Wayne said that lower-dose birth control pills are less likely to cause migraines. Since I'm not on OT-C for birth control, I'm not interested in switching to a lower dose since my PCM put me on OT-C specifically because it was supposed to "reset" my cycle. I'm not sure whether it has yet, but if it does it was worth the nausea but not the two-day migraine!

You might want to talk to your doctor if Ortho Tri-Cyclen is causing migraines; they should be able to prescribe a birth control pill less likely to cause migraines or just treat your migraines while keeping you on O-TC.
Aug. 19th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC)

I was going to change it to a lower dose when I go in for my yearly. I can wait until then. :)
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