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May 22, 2018 · Disturbing, detailed dreams in Sleep Health

It is not a narcotic but when you stop taking it you’re supposed to reduce the dosage as there’s some belief it can cause seizures if stopped suddenly. Imitrex and all the triptans caused rebound migraines. I was in a vicious cycle. I no longer take a Triptan, I take dihydroergotamine. It is available in a nasal spray.

May 21, 2018 · Disturbing, detailed dreams in Sleep Health

Have you seen a neurologist for your headaches? I suffer from chronic migraines and terrible dreams. After years of doctors and medications that made me non-functional Dr. Ward at Dartmouth, who is a headache specialist, said the nightmares and headaches are related. He put me on Trazadone and Benazapril and it really helped control the headaches, I still get them but not as often and I only have nightmares occasionally now. Trazadone is used as an antidepressant and will help you sleep.

Jul 29, 2017 · Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in Digestive Health

Kari you are so wonderful at answering the questions. What is it about Celiac Artery Compression Disorder that causes gastrointestinal disorders? Between the doctors telling me I had GERD, a small hiatal hernia and very mild diverticulosis over the past 18 years none of that seems to explain the constant pain I have and the fact that I do become constipated easily. And I eat a mostly vegetarian, high fiber diet. I feel so much like I am being dismissed and written off by the diagnosis of the day instead of finding out the real problem. I am so glad this page is here. Still waiting to see a vascular surgeon familiar with this problem.

Jul 23, 2017 · Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in Digestive Health

Thanks Kari. I am close to UCLA but not convenient. As if that matters when it comes to the surgery. After many years of unresolved pain and CT after CT I have a diagnosis from a CT Angio. Really, I wonder if it’s a crazy fluke or some really great technician catching it.

I want my first visit to a vascular surgeon to be someone I am comfortable with and I want to be prepared with all my questions before I go. UCSD has some great doctors and I’ll call tomorrow and see if their department can help me find the right doctor.

If this is the actual problem then I will feel great relief that I am not a hypochondriac! I have a pretty good health history. About 18 years ago I had a tubal pregnancy and when they did the laparoscopy to removed it they nicked my bowel and had to open me all the way up. Periodically since then I have diverticulitis attacks that come and go. Maybe every couple of years. When I complain about this pain they say it’s GERD. My only other health condition is chronic migraines and it makes any medication or change in diet very difficult. I do have Hashimotos Thyroiditis which is autoimmune. Really, what I’m trying to say is that I don’t suffer from other vascular or gastro problems. My first attack with this pain was 7 years ago in the middle of the night and we thought it was a heart attack. There was no diagnosis from that 3 day hospital stay. In the past few years the pain has been pretty constant, sometimes better than others.

I love first thing in the morning when I wake up and am lying there, for just a few minutes, when there is no pain. It is the nicest thing. Then the pain washes through me.

Jul 22, 2017 · Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in Digestive Health

This web support page? malssupport.com I couldn’t find anything regarding physicians here.

Jul 21, 2017 · Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in Digestive Health

I was just diagnosed with Celiac Artery Compression Syndrome following a CT Angio. I am being referred to a vascular surgeon but would like to be sure to talk to one that is familiar with the syndrome. I live in San Diego and have access to the doctors at UCSD. How do I find one that will best be able to help me.