I have had severe migraines. I have taken meds against attacks since 94 (ergotamine), switched to maxalt in 98, and more recently to relpax. I used depakine in 2002 but it because SEVERE side effects. I have been using varied beta blockers in the past and right now I use two bisoprolol and one sandomigran since I use generic packaging.
For the last year I have been steadily using more relpax on a weekly basis. I emphasize that I have no choice in the matter. If I do not use relpax to stop an attack I get what is equivalent to a cluster headache and I experience the worst possible pain I as a human being can have. I cannot decide to not take relpax once I get attacks. Once I do not take relpax within 2-3hours I am screaming, crying, pacing around, backing my head, hyperventilating, vomiting green, jerking, spasming, and pretty soon one of my neigbours calls an ambulance, the cops, etc. and they shoot me full of valium and make sure I have relpax. Right now if I dont have relpax on a friday I can get terrfied. I have little choice in the matter.
But now for a week - Topamax - no Relpax, nothing. It's amazing. That in itself is an improvement. And just the one 25mg tiny pill.
The flipside is I sleep about
12 hours a day now, I can't concentrate for crap, I am extremely irritable, I cant type, I cant stand bright light. So even though I may not have the 2-4 hours of feeling amazingly bad due to taking Relpax now my entire day is r u i n e d and the end result is I end up doing next to nothing useful. But what's worse I am not emotionally a lot more unstable. I cant make solid decisions, and whats more, the Topamax has taken away my entire sexual drive. For the entire seven days I have taken it I have been a eunuch, like I have been switched off. So I am emotionally unstable, I am irritable, I cant stand input, I am tired as hell, I am irritable, my coordination is gone, I feel like I am wrapped in cotton and I am sexless.
So its basicly ten steps back, ten steps forward.
So, what do I conclude?
Post Edited (dagonweb) : 5/15/2010 3:34:18 AM (GMT-6)