Monday, July 25, 2011

Running Out

Well, I'm almost out of my Baclofen (muscle relaxer) and I won't see the new Rheum doc until the 16th of August. I'm actually pretty nervous about running out as this is the only medication that has made any kind of positive difference in the frequency of my migraines. Plus it helps me to regularly get good sleep.

I can't remember if I mentioned this earlier or not, but the migraine guy at Mayo that I see didn't want to give me a new prescription for this med because it was not something he has ever prescribed for migraines so he doesn't feel qualified to write the script (whatever). He wasn't budging even after I explained how it helps my migraines. This is what prompted him to send me to physical medicine but then they told me I have Fibromyalgia and this distracted me enough that I totally forgot to even ask about the Baclofen. I've tried calling again to that doc but was told that I should find someone locally for all of this.

Of course, getting a new appointment with someone always takes a long time so run out I will - very shortly. Even on the Baclofen I continued to get muscle spasms semi regularly so I anticipate being pretty incapacitated when the next one occurs. I've been considering utilizing my Ativan to help fill this gap until the 16th. The thinking here being that by putting myself in such a relaxed state perhaps I can prevent the horrible neck spasms and maybe it would even to help me sleep at night.

Part of me feels a bit guilty about using this med outside of the parameters of the prescription, but I know myself and I remember well how things were before the Baclofen. I'm desperate and frankly these parameters don't make much sense. Of course, when I do run out I could very well spend a fair amount of time in an anxious state, putting me right inside the parameters set forth by my doc. I'm a bit annoyed at even being put in this position. I have enough to deal with here without having to run out of the one medication that was able to take me from literally daily migraines to my current average of 18/month. No doubt they are still wildly out of control, but I'm so thankful for the many migraine free days each month it has provided me with not to mention the invaluable sleep it helps me with.


  1. Maybe an urgent care doctor can help you. Seeing as how you just moved, and can't get in to see the doctor you need to, they may be able to provide you with a script until your appointment. Baclofen isn't narcotic, so it shouldn't be a problem. I would think so anyway.

    My brother takes Baclofen. He has had a spinal cord injury since his accident in 99, and he's paralyzed, with spasticity (spelling?) He has taken this medication ever since.

    Good luck! I hope you can get more of it!

  2. I also find myself taking my meds outside the set "parameters" but we gotta do what we gotta do to get through our days. It's definately a terrible spot to be in.

  3. That's not a bad idea, Della. There is an Urgent Care Center not far from here...