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Migraine Headaches

I went to see my doctor today about my increasing frequency (and severity) of headaches.  Now, I'm not insured because I am unemployed and cannot afford to pay for my own insurance.  The doctor visit was supposed to be $75.00, but she was kind enough to charge me only $35.00, but I could only pay $20.00, which they happily took and said they would bill me for the rest.  Anyway, after examining me and asking a bunch of questions, Dr. Cynthia Sainsbury (a plug for her; she's really good) diagnosed me with migraine headaches.  I told her, too, about my memory which has been getting noticeably worse, but she said I needed to go to a neurologist, which is out of the question of course.  I also saw her for horrible tendonitis (or bursitis) that I get in my shoulders.  My left shoulder is so bad right now.  She asked if I wanted a shot of cortizone but I had to decline because I couldn't afford the shot.

For my headache she prescribed for me the generic form of Imitrex, which is supposed to be a very good medicine.  When I took it to the pharmacy and told them that I am uninsured and that I need a price, they said it would be almost $200.00!  So I can't get that med., and my doctor won't prescribe any pain meds such as percocet because of my history of abuse (I am an addict).  Taking over-the-counter pain medicine such as Excedrin Migraine or the tension headache one is bad for my liver because it contains the stuff in tylenol, and I have gastric varices (or something like that) and have a problem with ibuprofen.  So I am screwed unless I can find someone in my family who has prescription pain medication and is willing to part with some.

I am luck at the moment because I haven't yet gotten a headache, but I've been getting one every day for the past two weeks so it's just a matter of time.  I'll have to take my chances with the over-the-counter stuff and hope that my liver can take it.

It sucks very much being sick and having no insurance.  For 19 years I have been working as a software engineer making great money and having great benefits, but I've not been able to find work on a year and a half and it is making me so depressed, and I don't know what I will do.  I don't want to think about anything extreme at the moment.  Oh well.  This is life.
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