Mercy, I'm so sorry nothing has worked for you on the medication front. I honestly wasn't terribly optimistic about it working for me, but I was willing to try anything to get rid of the constant pain. I already deal with constant pain in other areas of my body and adding daily migraine pain was just too much for me. I had already been dealing with 4-5 migraines per month that lasted from 1-2 days each when they transformed to daily. I honestly don't know what state I would be in today if the topamax had not done what it has for me. I was barely clinging to the end of my rope when I saw my neurologist at the beginning of May. I have a follow up in a week, and will see what they say. Right now, most of the time, the pain comes back a few hours before I'm due to take the next dose. I don't know if upping my dosage will extend the time frame, or if that is just what I can expect to have happen because of the speed my body processes the medication? I guess they will tell me at my follow up.
Shannon, I use ice packs as well. One on the back of my neck, another over my eyes/forehead. I imagine we do look like we are sleeping, and like most of the time, no matter how much we want to be unconscious, we aren't. I know what you both mean about the noise. I am very sensitive to that as well. Screaming kids are a big no-no. My best friends kids are screechers, and I have to cover my ears whether I have a migraine or not right then. Fortunately, she knows why I do it and doesn't get offended!
I have all boys, age 6, 13 and a 22 year old step son. Both my boys get migraines. :( I wish I had not passed that on to them, but at least my 13 year old understands completely what I am dealing with, and steps up and helps with his younger brother when I can't function. My step son, on the other hand, has no idea what it is like, which is why he had the gall to tell my 13 year old that he thinks I just act like my headaches are bad so I can get out of housework? And he wonders why I have so little to say to him. Hmmm. But I digress... that is a rant for another day... and a completely different topic. :)
Best wishes for a painless Father's day!
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin