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Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 6th Oct '09 11:27 PM


Anyone ever had a nitroglycerin patch? I have a tear in my rotator cuff and my orthopedic surgeon wants to try something and see if we can avoid surgery. I have to wear a nitro patch on my shoulder for a month (12 hours on and 12 hours off) to bring blood flow to the area and try to promote healing. Last night was my first night and the headache I got was unbearable. He said it should be like this for about 5 days until my body gets used to it?

Has anybody else had headaches that finally went away? If tonight is like last night, I might wimp out.

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.4 - Posts: 1581)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 6:03 AM

I don't know anything about nitroglycerine patches except that they do give horrible headaches. I don't know if your body acclimates to the patch. This remedy doesn't sound so hot, huh? Does anything make the headache go away?

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 6:14 AM

The headaches from nitro in any form are common and frequently severe - it basically does the same thing to your body that a migraine sufferer goes through. It dilates veins throughout your body - it may drop your blood pressure and make you light headed also. He is correct that they usually wear off after several days, but for some people the headaches are too severe to make it through those days.
5 cents please.

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 8:20 AM

Lodi, there are several studies I was able to find with a quick Google study (which was done in Spain) can be seen here:
Of the ones I read, there seems to be no overwhelming evidence at this point that it works any better than steroid injections. The main reason people dropped from the studies was because of the headaches. Be careful if you need to take any of the stronger meds with codeine because it could seriously affect your Blood pressure. Definitely do not drink or drive or operate steam rollers.

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 9:03 AM

No steam rollers? How am I supposed to do my job?

Thanks for the comments. Slicko - 5 cent check is in the mail.

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 9:53 AM

Are you sure it's not PMS?

Sincerely, Lodi, good luck with that. I hope the headaches disappear soon.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 11:42 AM

Oh yes, Lodi!the headaches from nitroglycerin is terrible,I hate it, but my kind Doc. says, that's how we know it's working Polly! LOL! So I guess it's working for you to! I know,not very comforting

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 1:14 PM

Pain is definitely relative. I'd rather have a baby than a migraine. Well, almost. I could pay off my house with the cost of the drugs I've taken for headaches. Well, maybe. Can't imagine deliberately using anything that causes them. Can't think of a pain I'd trade for a migraine, except the explosion that happens in my lower back once or twice a year.

Sorry, Lodi. Sucks to hurt and have to make choices between what type of miserable you'll be today. Hope you get some answers and relief soon.

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 1:24 PM

Thanks. Last night was much more tolerable due to a pharmaceutical potpourri I whipped up. I probably still had the headache but I slept through it.

My mom used to pop nitro like tic tacs. She must have been a lot tougher than I thought.

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 10:17 AM

The nitro's that go under the tongue don't usually give the bad headaches....
I developed chest pain once during a CPR instructors class.... I was pretty sure it was anxiety (my father died the week before and the class just seemed to be "death, death, death" -- but I also figured it was really bad form to have a heart attack during CPR Instructors training.... so off the the ER I went -- I was admitted and they put an inch of nitro cream on my skin.
It was HORRIBLE, I don't know how you are doing it. The nurse were amazing, tried every trick in the book -- packed my head in ice bags..etc etc.. but I was in misery.
I wish you the very best and hope for you to feel better asap!

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 12:49 PM

Last night - same headache. But I'm drugging up before the headache hits so I'm sure its dulled. The real pounder is when I wake up in the morning and the drugs have worn off and I'm still wearing the patch.

If I still have to have surgery after all this, I'm going to be peeved.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 1:01 PM

What are you taking for the headache pain, if you don't mind me asking? My regular pain meds for my back can actually cause headaches, especially if I sleep on them.

For all the headache prescriptions I've had (manymanymany), nothing works on a real skullcrusher as well as Excedrin.

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 5:10 PM

I have darvocet for migraines. I'm limited to what I can take because some of them conflict with the blood thinners and others make me barf. I've discovered that barfing with a migraine does not help it any.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 5:34 PM

Barfing defines a migraine for me, and it actually does take the worst edge off for a while, or maybe it's just a distraction. I know it's coming because I start to feel stifling hot, instantly break a full body sweat and it's a race to reach a basin, then afterward I shiver and freeze.

When I was a kid first getting them, the pattern was that the pain built until I barfed and after that it eased. Then after the kids came it changed the pattern and the barfing went on and on without easing anything, and made it impossible to take anything for the pain - even water came back up. These days I have phenergan to help me keep medication down and go to sleep.

How the heck did you tear a rotator cuff? Pitching this year?

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 5:42 PM

Could have been a couple of ways. I got rear-ended while stopping for a pedestrian a couple of years ago. The seatbelt caught my shoulder hard. Another time, a few months after that, I came around the corner, heading down river from Orofino (after floating, of course), and some deer were in the road. I hit the skids and the seatbelt popped my shoulder again. It didn't hurt much at the time - just felt kinda tingly. That's all I can figure. Could be from coaching ball or taking swings at weimaraners. The orthopedic surgeon may have mentioned something about getting older but what the hell does he know anyway.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 8th Oct '09 5:54 PM

No doubt about it, swiping at weimaraners can put years on you fast.

I heard while you own them you age at the same rate they do.

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