Say what? The most ridiculous treatment

Today’s Prompt: What’s the most ridiculous thing ever said to you about Migraines, who said it, and under what circumstances?

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It was the spring of 2000. I had recently re-entered the workforce after a 3-year break as a work-at-home mom. The episodic migraines I experienced 8-12 times a month had now increased to an almost daily occurrence. I would work through the pain, taking as many pills as needed to get through the week. By Friday night I was completely spent and the abortive medications no longer worked. I would hang on as long as I could, but a trip to the emergency room was almost always needed to break the cycle. My doctor and I knew little of preventive medications, but were willing to try almost anything to stop this crazy roller coaster of pain. It would take over a year for us to discover that I was also having Cluster Headaches. We finally enlisted the help of a skilled neurologist and started a preventive that slowly improved my condition.

It was during one of these middle-of-the-night trips to the ER that I experienced the most ridiculous treatment at the hands of a heartless doctor and nurse team. It wasn’t just one thing they said. It was the whole experience. The nurse spoke loudly and insisted I leave the bright lights on and my eyes uncovered. She took my blood pressure lying down, sitting up, standing over and over again. I got so dizzy and nauseous from the process I vomited all over the floor. When the doctor finally saw me he asked what I normally took for Migraines. When I replied, “Zomig, but…” he interrupted me and ordered the nurse to give me 5 mg of Zomig. I broke down in tears.

What I had tried to explain was that I had already taken Zomig without any effect. Now that I was vomiting, I would not be able to keep it down. My doctor had instructed me to go to the ER for IV meds when Zomig failed. Just a few weeks before we finally discovered a combination of IV drugs that actually helped. I wanted that help again.

I don’t remember if I was able to advocate for myself or if my husband stepped in. I know that the doctor finally relented and agreed to follow the IV protocol documented in my chart. The next time we arrived at the ER when this doctor was on rotation we even tried to request another doctor and were denied. Thankfully I only had to put up with him and his cruel nurse twice.

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