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Posted by Dan C. ( on April 15, 2001 at 22:05:38:

Hi folks- Dan C. here. (aka: "Check") I'm back... I tried to avoid the site today- and pretend like I was in control of the situation. But the ha has been there all along. Been fighting it with my Lortab and/or Fioricet- as that's all I have at the moment. I would have probably gone to the ER for a shot of something- but would have to drive myself there and back. (Not a good idea, considering.) Anyway, I have no choice but to go to work tomorrow. (Attempt to teach 30 4th-graders.) I'm going to call my doc as soon as I can in the morning- and ask if I can drop by the office for an imitrex shot. While there, if he's available, I'll ask about any more alternatives he might recommend. My question is- After an imitrex shot, are you in control enough to drive safely? Will I be any worse driving home from there (about 4 miles) than I was driving there in the first place? (with headache?) Or, do I need to come home first- and try to find someone to drive me there? I would hope I could get a shot at the doctor's office- and not have to resort to going to the ER. Last time I was there- for high blood pressure- I had to wait in the waiting room for over an hour. Then, they brought me on into the exam room, hooked me up to an IV, ran an EKG, and then just had me lay there for 5 more hours! The damned IV didn't even have anything going into it- just the needle taped to my arm. I was also dehydrated, and low in sodium. Did they even bother to coneect a bag of saline solution to help? No... they couldn't get hold of my primary physician... anyone relate to this wonderful experience? I know that if I end up at the ER, I'll have to spend hours there.
Please let me know your opinion about driving home after the imitrex shot. I'd have not problem at all giving myself the shot- but I know for your first one or two- you need to be near medical help- in case of negative reaction, right? Oh- and one more question- Are there varying strengths and/or doses of imitrex- or is it a pretty standard amount? Thanks for your input and/or suggestions.

Dan C.

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