I cant begin to tell you how our situations parallel one another. Welcome to the forum, and feel the huge hug I am sending your way!
My mother is also my best friend and she has RA, severe osteoporosis, and gastroparesis to the point she cannot eat solid food without her stomach going into severe and painful spasms. I have a brother who is terminally ill with kidney disease, and another brother who was accidentally shot last year and almost lost his leg. It makes you wonder why God allows so much for one family... especially a family who loves Him so much and tries to do the right thing. But it also makes you wonder why the devil is so hard after us, obviously we are making a difference for God, or he wouldnt care so much.
Be careful with the Topamax. It did help with the migraines, but it was a very dangerous drug for me and gave me liver damage, and several neurological symptoms that I did not have before. That was five years ago, and I still have not recovered from that.
I will be praying for you!!
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
Meds: Medrol injections; Plaquenil 400mg, Vicodin, Benadryl, Zyrtec