I flat out told him that while they are tension headaches, pain meds aren’t consistently doing enough for me to rely on them, and I’m sick of taking as many as I have to take to get even a little relief. I have a 9+ year history of these headaches that aren’t budgets or affected by: diet changed, sleep pattern changes, caffeine intake changes, or exercise/activity changes. I’m sick of treating them as they happen, I want to look into preventing them.
He agreed I seem to be doing all I can to prevent triggers, considering the full 9 year history of them. So meds where the next step. The options were mental health meds or blood pressure meds. I told him with my mental health issues, and the fact med changes there have never affected my headaches, I wanted to stay away from those and leave that to my meds doc. But that I walked in there knowing I’d probably be put on a BP med and I was prepared and ok with that.
So, that is what we are doing. I will be on a lower dose and we’ll see how it goes. I go back in early April. So cross fingers it’s to report good news.
Bottom line? These headaches are debilitating. It is hard to function as a mother/teller/person when it feels like the jaws of death are squeezing the back of your skull 24/7.