I have headaches. I haven't always, just since a sinus infection in September. Two antibiotics and the infection was gone, but the pain remains. After three doctor visits and a CT scan, we've determined there's no cause for the pain, so here's the explanation I get: when a certain group of nerves is irritated for a period of time, they get "activated" and keep sending pain signals to the brain. So my sinus nerves are activated. What's the cure? Anti-depressants. No kidding. Dr. D. prescribed Elavil in the smallest dose available. I asked about side effects and was told there wouldn't be any with that tiny amount.
I took the first one Monday night before bed. Slept like a petrified log, which could have its benefits, but I never did fully wake up on Tuesday. I spent the day in a mental thick-as-pea-soup fog. I'll have to go back and re-check the kids' schoolwork for that day - there's no telling what came out of my mouth. By the end of the day I was completely worked up, thinking I would be feeling like that for the next month while we wait to see if this treatment will really work. I couldn't drive, couldn't shop (e-gads!), couldn't teach my kids (lucky for them), couldn't get ANYTHING done! I was near tears thinking of how negatively this would affect my family, and really! These are supposed to be ANTI-depressants! Hmph!
Today has been better, so I'm hopeful that the side-effect-I-wouldn't-have will go away once my body adjusts to the drug. I really hate the sound of that - I just hate the thought of taking any kind of drug, but if it gets rid of the headaches permanently, I guess it will be worth it.
Be thankful ~