I am not a nurse, but am a patient. I have been a patient my whole life as I have been in and out of the hospital all my life due to complications from my Muscular Dystrophy (spinal muscular atrophy).
Last week I was diagnosed with two blood clots in my left leg. This is the 2nd time as my first was about 14years ago. Yes I am in a wheelchair, but they are not sure that is for sure the culprit... may be family history, or a disorder... I will get the results back in about 3 more weeks. Anyway... since being discharged from the hospital on Lovenox 40mg 1x daily and Coumadin 5mg 1x daily they told me to get my INR levels checked with a local oncologist in 5 days. May I add I am 30 yrs old but very tiny and weigh 51lbs. Well that was Tuesday. My INR was 5.8 they called (after I had already taken my 4pm dose) and said it was way too high and to stop all blood thinners.
The next morning I awoke with the worst Migraine I have ever had in my LIFE... and I am not the type to frequently get migraines. I couldnt stop crying... My doc said to go to the ER to make sure I wasnt bleeding in my brain or anything. The doc at ER did a cat scan but she said since it had been a while since the headache started it may not read 100% accurate and was going to do a spinal tap to make sure. However, they wouldnt do a spinal tap on me because my spine is so twisted and my blood so thin. In the ER my INR was up to 6.3. My scan was normal.
Well to get to the point of the topic... they gave me reglan for my head, IV. They said if I felt "anxious" they would give me benadryl to take the edge off. I'm like ????
I was "ok" after the first dose, they gave me a 2nd dose and let me tell you... like someone said above... I felt like I was jumping out of my skin. IT FELT HORRIBLE! Like a junkie or something, but the difference was that you KNEW you were acting like a wacko but couldnt stop! I was agitated, rocking in my wheelchair, couldnt sit still.... no place felt comfortable... I wanted my dad to put me in bed, then back in my chain, then in bed again and so on... I wanted to pull my IV out... I wanted to flee!
Yanno on opiates you may be doing weird things but you dont really realize it... you just feel good... on this... omg! Like I didnt know what to do with myself and nothing felt right!
Well it took them over 2hrs. to get back in to give me the benadryl... The ER had gotten slammed. Moments after injecting the benadryl I began to feel like myself again...
While it did kick the headache totally... the side effects were horendous! They sent me home with it orally. I awoke again with a migraine... I took the benadryl with it and was fine... although extremely sleepy and groggy because of the benadryl. It kicked my headache in the booty again.
Tomorrow I have my INR checked again, I hope my blood has gotten lower and maybe these migraines will cease. But I did a seach on google for reglan to see how others felt on it and about its use for headaches. I found this forum and wanted to post my experience.