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#1 Nyn

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 11:29 AM

Just got home from the hospital after a fun-filled weekend of KILLER headache and vomiting. UGH!

Recently, my new PCP told me that the headaches I've had my whole life were actually a form of migraine. They've been getting worse the last several months but this diagnosis was still a surprise to me since, like I said, I've always had headaches. Doc told me to stop taking Tylenol and start taking a migraine med once a day. Fine, at this point I'll try anything. Well, the headaches have been manageable the last two weeks...until yesterday. Yesterday, I fought a bad headache all day, and around 6pm it rolled into the worst headache I can remember having in years. After hours of pain I finally passed out on the sofa for a few hours, only to wake up at 2am and start trying to vomit up my poor little pouch. I started getting worried when I realized that NOTHING was coming up. It hit me that I was probably dehydrated. I tried to sip water and take my migraine meds, but that all came right back up. Around 6am, in pain and getting worried, I called the advice nurse and she told me to get my booty to the ER. I called a cab and went.

Well, they got me an IV and started fluids and meds. Wow, those meds were amazing. They killed the headache and nausea really quickly. I went from a 7-8 pain to a 5 then a 2 within an hour. My mom finally got there (she lives almost 2 hours away) and I was ready to leave. The ER doc gave me another migraine med to take when I start to feel the symptoms to go along with the regular once-a-day meds. At least the ER people were familiar with gastric bypass patients and how we can get dehydrated so easily. It seems I got in a loop of pain, couldn't drink, to making myself sicker by adding dehydration on top of it.

What a weekend. Man.
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:08 PM

Oh Podmate!

You poor thing - how are you feeling now? Are you managing to get your fluid down?

Take it easy sweetheart - sounds like you had a really horrible time...hugs.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:24 PM

Oh my goodness, sounds like quite the ordeal! I'm glad you're feeling better.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 03:44 PM

Thanks guys. I just took a 3 hour nap, but so far since I've been home I've had about 22oz of fluid. I'm definitely going to try doing better with my water!!
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 04:51 PM

Thanks guys. I just took a 3 hour nap, but so far since I've been home I've had about 22oz of fluid. I'm definitely going to try doing better with my water!!


Glad you're doing better, Nyn..

I've been wanting to ask, have you had any more abdominal pain..I recall you asking about it a few weeks ago. How have you been feeling in that regard?

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 05:08 PM

Glad you're doing better, Nyn..

I've been wanting to ask, have you had any more abdominal pain..I recall you asking about it a few weeks ago. How have you been feeling in that regard?


Nope, no more pain. Thank goodness! I'm pretty sure it was just a pulled muscle from increased exercise after all, and it was just in the general location that people said they were having gallbladder pain so I worried a bit for a few days. All gone now :) Thanks!
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 05:15 PM

Nyn, so glad to hear that you are ok. Headaches are no fun especially those that linger on and on.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 05:17 PM

Oh Nyn, it sure sounds like you've had a rough time of it the last couple of days. I'm glad you are feeling some better and I'm glad you got your backside into ER when you did.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 06:50 PM

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 07:21 PM

Nyn, Im so glad to hear you are doing better!!!!

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 07:23 PM

The effects of dehydration are amazing... my DH gets very shakey (more like JERKY), can barely walk or hold onto anything... his speech gets slurred and mind is whacky... even 20 min. on iv-fluids and he's better!

Did they suggest Imitrex for your migraines? He uses the nasal inhaler version --- very effective for him. Giving yourself a shot when you have a migraine coming on isn't easy! We've learned to carry an Imitrex with us - even when he's in the hospital - cuz I'm faster than the pharmacy --- and if you don't catch the migraine in time - it gets uncontrollable!

Good luck honey!!!

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:15 AM

It is really easy to get dehidreted in the summer. For me 64 oz. is not enough when it is hot. I hope you feel better.

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:37 AM

Glad you're feeling better now! Yikes...it's a wake up call that even later post-op the "ole H20" is extremely important!

Keep sipping and again so glad you're feeling better!
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:24 AM

The effects of dehydration are amazing... my DH gets very shakey (more like JERKY), can barely walk or hold onto anything... his speech gets slurred and mind is whacky... even 20 min. on iv-fluids and he's better!


Oh yes, it was pretty scary! My hands and face were numb and I was really shaky and having trouble talking. They had me on an IV for maybe an hour. I think I had half a bag? And right away I was better (and had to go potty finally, hee hee).

Did they suggest Imitrex for your migraines? He uses the nasal inhaler version --- very effective for him. Giving yourself a shot when you have a migraine coming on isn't easy! We've learned to carry an Imitrex with us - even when he's in the hospital - cuz I'm faster than the pharmacy --- and if you don't catch the migraine in time - it gets uncontrollable!

Good luck honey!!!

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My stepmom also uses Imitrex but so far that is not something they have prescribed for me. Stepmom hated having to give herself shots so now she doesn't have to, though I'm not sure how her meds are delivered. The immediate use meds they gave me are these little pills that melt in your mouth right away but I don't have the name right in front of me. They are in a plastic carrying case so I now have one in my purse, one in my kitchen and one in the bathroom, so I feel quite prepared! Thanks Katie!
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 10:38 AM

Nyn,
how has the dehydration experience left you feeling now 5 months down the line? Any advice? I feel a total zombie, in spite of my self-prescribed rehydration salts. I have not been myself these last two weeks!
Hope you have fully recovered!
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 10:45 AM

I hope you are feeling better now Nyn.

I've had bad migraines for the last several years...every since I had a concussion. Did your doctor tell you anything about Topamax? It's a daily preventative medicine, and it's quite effective. It's god awful expensive, but most insurances cover it now. I see a neurologist for my migraines, and that's who recommended it to me. It's tricky to get the dosing exactly right, and that's why I recommended seeing a neurologist to prescribe it, rather than a regular dr.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:32 AM

I hope you are feeling better now Nyn.

I've had bad migraines for the last several years...every since I had a concussion. Did your doctor tell you anything about Topamax? It's a daily preventative medicine, and it's quite effective. It's god awful expensive, but most insurances cover it now. I see a neurologist for my migraines, and that's who recommended it to me. It's tricky to get the dosing exactly right, and that's why I recommended seeing a neurologist to prescribe it, rather than a regular dr.




I too have had migraines forever since I turned 12. I too now take Topamax. I have taken it for 2 years now and it has been a life saver. I went from about 6 migraines a month to 1 to 2. The only thing was I still had breakthrough migraines around my monthly, but since this great gastric bypass I have only had about 5 in this past 11 months. That is a great breakthrough for me. I recommend Topamax too. Good luck to all of you.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:52 AM

I get them too and dehydration is a huge problem when I have a migrane. It is difficult to drink when just moving your head hurts. Pre-op I would have to get rehydrated everytime I'd have to go to the ER for a migrane. I haven't been to the ER in quite a while. I have a huge combination of drugs to combat the migranes plus a pain specialist. The best thing to do is to try and abort them and figure out what the triggers are for you. Certain foods will trigger for me it's strawberrys milk red wine preserved meats plus a bunch of others. See if you can track down the trigger. I am using the time post op where i'm limited to what I can eat to figure out all the triggers. So far I'm down to 2 or three a day from 5 or 6 a day.

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 12:13 PM

Hey everyone! Thanks for all the suggestions. I know that treating migraines is sort of a long term, trial-and-error process and seems to be very individual to the patient. So far I am happy with the medication I was prescribed. I went from having bad headaches a couple times a week to having them maybe once per month. This progress has been made over the last 6 months and like I said, so far so good.

As for my dehydration, funny you should ask! After my ER trip, I was doing very well, and then just this weekend I got sick again. :( I had one of my headaches (my first full one in awhile) so didn't get in all my water, which just prolonged my headache, etc... I just forced myself to take sips every few minutes, and eventually I had drank half a bottle of zero calorie PowerAde, which helped big time. Other than that, after I recovered from that one ER trip, I've been fine. I seem to be able to tell when I've pushed the limits of hydration just that bit too far, then get very sick, but then am able to recover quickly. Vim, I have not had the long, drawn-out symptoms you are describing, thank goodness. I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this. The zero calorie PowerAde worked great for me because out of all the sports drinks I've tried, that one was the least sweet. I can't handle sweet when I'm sick like that. Maybe you can find a drink like that with no sugar but still has some of the electrolytes we need? I'm sending you many wishes for better health very soon!
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Posted 24 November 2008 - 03:40 PM

Thank you Nyn!
Funny how your title is a pun - dehydration sucks (water!).
Am feeling quite a bit better, am drinking electrolytes, but "forgot" to drink during the day today - so have been guzzling all evening to make up! Talk about "bagsy" the loo (toilet) for my frequent wees! Just imagine if I gave a dollar for each visit!
Sorry you haven't been that well over the weekend - anything stressful to do with the impending Thanksgiving holidays???
Wishing you better quickly!
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