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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/30/2010 3:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I have commented on a few threads here and in the fibro forum. But before I start posting more, I wanted to introduce myself. I'll be 37 this week and have 2 great kids, and a wonderful husband and all of them put up with a lot because of my health issues. My 13 year old also gets migraines and I've apologized to him profusely for passing on that trait.

I have had migraines since I was in my early teens. It began with just a few per year. In my late 20's, I had a period of time in which I had weekly migraines for 2-3 years. At the time, maxalt worked to abort them. In 2001, I moved to a new state. My weekly severe migraines stopped as quickly as they had appeared, and went back to my previous pattern of a few per year.

In April '09, they abruptly began to increase again. No specific changes in diet, environment etc. By September, I was having 4-5 per month. This month, I finally cried Uncle! and dragged my uninsured self to the doctor because I couldn't take it any more. These headaches are stealing 5-10 days out of each month. $350 later, I walk out with prescriptions for verapamil and nortryptiline to try to get them under control and treat HBP. That was almost 3 weeks ago. I've since had 8 migraines, one of them lasting 2 days. We elected to drop the nortryptiline since it also seemed to be turning me into a whacked out mess... guess it is not an appropriate anti-depressant formula for my system. Doctor said he will likely try me on topamax since abortive medications are not on the menu due to hypertension.

I get migraines with and without aura. I will usually feel increased fatigue (between fibro and insomnia, I'm always tired, but it gets markedly worse before a migraine). Occasionally I will notice my vision wavering a bit. Right after it starts, I begin to feel very cold, shaky and weak and that lasts throughout the migraine. I become extremely sensitive to smell, sound and light. When I close my eyes, I feel as if I am a very tiny person in a very large room (weird, I know). Every noise seems to come from very far away. I have zero appetite when I have a migraine and nausea is standard. With some of them, even the slight motion of breathing is agony.

I'll stop there before I put everyone to sleep. wink Thanks for reading and I'm glad to have found an actually active forum for this issue!
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, Cervical radiculopathy

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/30/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there!


I'm so sorry that they came back as server as they did!  It's horrible. 


I was also a little curious about some of the things your doctor was saying and I wanted to give you a heads up on the Topamax.  First, my Mom has been dealing with migraines since her teenage years, has been dealing with hypertension since her mid-20's (I think-since it started before I was born), had a stroke at the age of 43 and can take the abortive drugs like Imitrex or rescue medications like Percocet without a problem.  I'm not saying that he is not right in your case, but I would ask why and do some research if I could.  I am always very suspicious about knocking out classes of drugs without too much of a reason.  


My next question to you is have you ever been on Topamax before?  If not, there are a couple of threads here about the drug.  I am currently on it again for the 3rd time and I have to watch the dosage because I get what is commonly referred to as the "dopamax" affect where I can't finish sentences, find words, I slur my speech, etc.  Now, some people do very well on the drug.  I have a friend who was on a 200mg dose for several years and never experienced a single side effect. Topamax can be the best or worst thing for you.  I would just have the doctor go over what could possibly happen and have people on the lookout, just in case.


I hope your doctor can find a drug combination that works for you fast.  If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask me or go searching on the forum.  This is a great place. :O)  Best of luck to you and I hope you feel better soon. Take care.




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   Posted 1/31/2010 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,

Thanks for the information. To clarify, my doctor did not say the triptans were off limits, but he did not offer them to me either. Because he didn't offer them, I assumed that the high blood pressure could be a reason because I had read on several different sites that they might be a problem but maybe that is just with extreme HBP, which I don't have. When I re-read my post, I see that the wording I chose made it look like my doctor said he wouldn't give them to me. It is good to know that it may not necessarily be the case. I have taken maxalt in the past, and it did work for me. The other reason he may not have recommended them to me is that I don't have health insurance, and triptans are expensive. My doctor is aware of my lack of insurance and is trying to prescribe medications that will help me without breaking the bank. I do have hydrocodone that I can take in cases of severe attacks that seem to help a bit.

I have not been on topamax before, but have read about it. I don't feel like I have anything to lose at this point. The headaches are affecting me to the point that I am almost afraid to make any plans because I don't want to have to cancel them for a migraine.

Thank you, and I hope we find something that works soon as well. I appreciate any help and input. I'm hoping that they just die down again like they did 9 years ago. But in the mean time, I'll take whatever I can get to help minimize the impact.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, Cervical radiculopathy

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