Friday, December 11, 2009

Dr. Freitag and the Diamond Headache Clinic

This post is by Jen, just so none of you out there get confused :) Well, yesterday I had a check-up with Dr. Freitag at the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago. He changed my nightly medicine and added additional pain meds for me to choose from when I have my migraine attacks. Unfortunately it means I have to carry more medications with me, but it also means I have a better chance of keeping the pain under control. This is especially good news since I'm going to begin working really hard on my dissertation in order to graduate in May.

The really good news is that I didn't have to go into the hospital in order for him to change my medication. That means one less medical bill for me to pay which is a good thing since I'm still paying off bills from the first two times I was in the hospital in Chicago and the ER visits from right before my first visit to the Headache Clinic.

The other good news is that Dr. Freitag gave me a ton of free samples. He gave me three months of one of my medications. That saves me almost $400 and is worth $2400. He also gave me a bunch of other samples too. Considering he called himself "Mean Dr. Freitag" he was a pretty nice guy and I can't thank him enough for all the samples. I also can't thank him enough for all of the time he spends with me as he is trying to help me. He's a good guy and I just know that one of these days we are going to get my migraines under control so I can lead a happier and more playful life.

Dr. Freitag did make more work for me though. I have to track my headaches with more accuracy and more detail. By this I mean I have to note the type of pain so that I can tell what is different about each headache. By doing this he hopes we can figure out why different pain meds work sometimes but not others. He also thinks that this will help him to better identify the preventative medication he needs to prescribe to help me have fewer attacks. So I think I'm going to modify his headache calendar and have it printed on legal size paper so that I have a place to track everything he is looking for. That's a lot to do for the next six months, which is the next time he thinks I need to come back for an appointment.

That's all for now. Here's hoping everything starts to improve!!