Hello everyone. I am new to this forum and am looking forward to meeting everyone. My name is Jodi, and I live in the Eastern US.
I am at the end of my rope, and I am turning to any of you for some advice or feedback. I have had several bad concussions in my life, but the most recent (and the most signficant) happened when I was in a car wreck 3 yearas ago. It was snowing that day, and I was required to get to work. (I work in a hospital as a patient sitter, and the job has no health insurance. Our boss required us to come to work that day, despite the fact that there was 2 feet of snow on the ground.) I only had a front wheel drive car, and I tried my best to get to work because I couldn't lose my job. Unfortunately, I lost control of the car on a hill, and it slid out of control and hit a snow bank. I hit my head hard on the side of the car, and I got an instant severe headache. A CT scan showed a mild TBI and a bad consussion.
I thought the incident was over until about a month later when I began having severe migraines. Ever since, I have had migraines every few weeks for 3 years, and it's interfering with my life greatly. Has anyone else had migraines since suffering a bad concussion? I never had migraines before I got the bad concussion from the car wreck.
Because I don't have health insurance, I can't get any treatment for the migraines, so I have to suffer through them. My doctor gives me migraine meds when he gets them free from drug reps, but he often doesn't have enough to cover the amount of migraines I have. With my min. wage salary (and with no prescription drug coverage), I can't afford the huge prices of the migraine meds, so I'm up a creek.
Anyway, yesterday morning, I woke up with another severe migraine; in fact, it was one of the worst ones I've ever had. I had to call in sick to work, which I hate doing because the hospital really frowns on people that call in sick. We get punished at evaluation time every time we call in sick. And, because my head still hurts today (but not half as bad) and I'm extremely fatigued, I had to call in sick again. I didn't have a choice. I'm now at the end of the rope with these headaches, and I want to ask if I'm alone in having bad migraines after suffering a concussion. Does anyone relate, and if so, what do you do about your migraines?
I wish I hadn't tried to get to work in 2 feet in snow in a front wheel drive Honda Civic. But, that's overr with, and I need to figure out what to do from here. I would appreciate any suggestions!! I just see a family doctor, and he doesn't know what to do with these headaches. And, it's hard for him to refer me anywhere because of the lack of insurance.
Thanks so much for reading this. My job is on the line becuase I have to call in sick with these migraines. I'm worried to pieces. These headaches need to stop taking over my life.
Thank you, and best to all of you.