First, I should apologize in advance for the novella I'm going to write here. I've suffered migraine headaches since I was six-years-old. It seems to be at least partially genetic. Both my mother and her father had the same problem. I'm now in my late twenties and still searching for something, ANYTHING. Like most of you, I've tried so many doctors, medications, and alternative remedies. Nothing helps, or if it does it only helps for a few months at most. Then it's like someone switched my medication with a sugar pill. I am extremely sensitive to side effects, and I've learned to plow through them in hopes that each new medication will be worth it. So far, none of them have been. I briefly had some relief from TOPAMAX. Briefly.
I'm almost certain that the only medication I haven't tried that is named on this entire site regarding migraines is Verapamil. However, it appears that Verapamil is related to Calan, and I have tried that. I've seen multiple neurologists, dentists, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and even a psychiatrist. I've been kicked out of the Diamond Headache Clinic for asking too many questions (somehow I have managed to obtain a law degree through all of this, but not without medical leaves). Now, I can't seem to keep my life together, hold down any kind of job for more than five months, or read and study long enough to actually pass my bar exam. I seem to be heading toward the financial disaster that so many others are in, only with $200,000 worth of student loan debt to worry about as well. My parents are not financially equipped to support me. But I think you all understand this situation.
I've finally found a dentist (I also seem to have some sort of TMD problem) and neurologist that are at least sincere in the quest for relief. And just today I started taking Razadyne ER, which is an Alzheimer's medication. It appears that these medications are the "new thing" in migraine treatment. But I don't see any mention of this medication anywhere here. Has anyone taken it? If you have, will you please share your experience (effectiveness, side effects, length of use, etc)? I honestly don't understand or know much about this medication or how or why it might work. I'm also concerned about the side effects-- I'm sure you all understand that, especially since this is a medication that is usually prescribed to elderly patients and not twenty-somethings.
Also, I basically have some sort of headache EVERY day. Sometimes they last for days, sometimes for a few hours. But rarely do I feel "normal." And I can relate to the symptoms that people report on every thread here related to migraines, whether it's difficulty talking, grey spots in my vision and auras, neck pain, anxiety about another headache, vomiting, dizziness, loopiness, almost fainting or passing out, hammering and pulsing in my head, pain behind my eyes, pain in my jaw joints and ears, pain from chewing, photo- and phonophobia, trembling, pain in my extremities, numbness, difficulty concentrating, numbness in my jaw, pain across my forehead, need I go on? Obviously, I'm working with my last shred of, well, anything.
So has anyone tried this or other Alzheimer's medications, or know anything about them other than the glorious list of possible side effects? The only time I've experienced much relief other than from a brief stint with TOPAMAX (hah, try taking that in the middle of law school exams) was after a very severe reaction to Versed (used during a endoscopy unrelated to my headaches) that was only stopped by a combination of Neurontin, Effexor, Depakote, and Zyprexa. If you know anything about those last four medications, then you probably understand that I was so much of a zombie the only thing I actually remember from a three-month period is the fact that I don't think I had a headache. Other than my question about the Razadyne, I'm also interested in anything you feel is pertinent and want to share. I'm also forced to do all this now without the help of any prescription pain medication since my neurologist doesn't believe in it, and my family doctor will no longer prescribe anything for my headaches because she feels it's beyond her expertise.
My only suggestion to everyone else: Get a low-maintenance pet. They don't mind if you sleep all day. In fact, they'll sleep with you and comfort you without ever talking back (okay, except for requesting dinner).