I joined this site due to back problems but have recently had headaches take priority in my life and really need some advice on what to do from someone who will listen.
About 6 weeks ago I got an ear infection. I have had only a couple in my life and this was the worst. After about 2 weeks and 4 doctors visits it cleared up. The last 2 visits were with an ENT doctor who drained my ear, put me on a strong antibiotic and gave me percocet for the pain. Almost everyday since the ear infection cleared up I have had headaches. Most days they are an annoyance early in the day and grow to severe by the end of the day. I have missed about 10 of the last 30 days of work due to these headaches or the ear infection. Some days I just leave early. When they are bad it takes about 10mg of percocet to make them better, but I can't really work well if I take percocet. I have also seen a neurolgist once. The ENT had a CT scan of my sinus's done but I haven't heard back from him. Between the neurologist and the ENT I have tried sumatriptipan and fioricet. Neither have helped. My regular doctor had me start taking 25mg amitripaline(unsure of spelling) as a preventive med but said it could take a week to have any effect. Reading as much as I can about headaches they generally fit the description of chronic tension headaches. I have had 2 days without headaches, both on weekends and both days I took half a percocet(5mg) at the 1st sign of headache starting.
So far the only thing that is effective on the headaches is percocet or DHC 90-120mg. The DHC I had for my back. I am concerned about my job if I don't get my act together. I am also concerned that the doctors aren't taking this as a serious problem. I have also seen an opthamologist but my eyesight is fine. I bought a much larger computer monitor for work but it has not seemed to help. I have been trying to minimize my intake of pain killers, but am about to take a percocet as my head is hurting. Any advice on what to do would be greatly appreciated.