I've had chronic headaches for years, but over the last few months they've become much more frequent and much worse.
I've tried every OTC pain reliever and the only thing that comes close to touching these headaches is 4-5 advil. Which would be ok if it was once a week, but I've been having 4-5 headaches a week and often they last 4+ hours and I have to take another 4 advil.
I've clearly indicated to my current doctor that they are NOT migraine headaches, but even after trying fioricet (caffeine+tylenol+muscle relaxer) and darvocet (weak pain killer), he wanted me to try something specifically for migraines.
Finally, he decided to do an MRI, but nothing was found and he referred me to a neurologist and prescribed me vicoprofen, which has been the only thing that has really helped the pain, but even then I have to take 2 (the dosage says to take 1). So I'm at a loss here. I need to get to the root cause of this, but my PCP just seems to want to pawn me off on someone else, and must think I'm some sort of drug seeker since it took nearly 2 months for him to prescribe anything that came remotely close to helping.
He's also prescribed two medications that apparently interact ( moderately severely) with another medication I'm taking. So not only is he prescribing things that I shouldn't be taking, he's reluctant to a) help me find the root cause of this and b) must be afraid to prescribe some medications for fear of being reprimanded?
So anyway, I need to make an appointment with a neurologist and was hoping someone might be able to recommend one - especially one with pain management experience - in the Middletown or Wilmington area. I'm nearly 31 years old but look very young, and I think my doctor sees me as some high school kid who's looking to get high. I just want to get to the bottom of this and see if I can prevent these headaches, because I don't want to have to take anything long term, and nothing seems to help with the pain anyway, just kind of dull it. I'm open to alternatives, too. I am thinking of going to a chiroprator and an acupuncturist, just not sure if my insurance will cover those.
Thanks in advance, and hello to all