Lamictal side effect questions

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   Posted 11/22/2009 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to my general doctor for generalized muscle pain that has gone on for months now.  MY Rheumy says the pain is not caused by the Rheumatide Arthritis.  It should not be caused by the sleep apneia because the treatment has been started for a while.  The Dr thought Fibromalgia, but the Dx for that is by elimination.  He ran a huge list of blood tests that I should here back from anyday now.
When he was there he also took a look at my list of meds and what my complaints are and said what jumps out at him is the Lamictal.  He believes that it is the Lamictal that may be causing the chronic, generalized, muscle aches.  I is probably the reason I have "chemo brain" and have concentration problems, and brain fog.
Has anyone else heard of the Lamictal doing this after being on it for about 1 1/2 years?
I will post the results of the bloodwork when I ger it.
Even though I do not understand where I am going on the path that God has laid out for me, I must submit to His plan and trust that He will take me where I need to be. 
Current medications:
Bipolar treatment-Lamictal, 200mg, Mood stabelizer, daily(main side effect: brain fog) Bipolar treatment-Cymbalta, 40mg, Antidepressant, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting, insominia) Anemia, Fatigue treatment- Iron supplement, 65mg, daily(main side effect: constipation) Insominia treatment- Ambien, 10mg, daily(main side effect: amnesia eppisodes between taking pill and falling asleep) Mania treatment- Alprazolam, .25mg, Very rarely(main side effect: fatigue, slowing of thoughts, depression of CNS, can't take ambien or vicodin when on it) RA treatment- Plaquenil, 400mg, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting) RA treatment- Methotrexate, 25mg, 1X weekly(main side effects: hair loss, stomach upset, mouth sores, sore muscles, fatigue, brain fog, compromised immune system, decreased Folic Acid absorption) GI upset treatment- Leucovorin Calcium, 10mg 1x weekly(main side effects: ?) Folic Acid defintioncy- Folic Acid, 1mg, daily(main side effects: ?) Multi-mineral Supplement (main side effects: constipation, GI upset) Constipation treatment- Docusate Sodium, 200mg, daily(main side effects:?) pain control- Motrin, 800mg, PRN Q6hours daily(main side effects: GI upset, decreased clotting) Pain Control- Vicodin, 5-500mg, PRN Q12hours 3-4 times weekly (main side effects: brain fog, fatigue)

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