I appreciate your time, but what you've said is very hard for me to process. In addition, I find myself fogged and drowsy from Skelaxin, and it sucks. I'm the type that if I'm just thrown off slightly, my performance in any given task is reduced by at least 50%, that goes for all things. I already want to quit the Skelaxin and this is just the second day.
Moving on... If I'm to follow your advice to the letter, then I'm going to have to scrap the entire plan this neurologist gave me, and I'll just be back to square one: in other words, chronic head pressure every single day, with no idea how to stop it. I can think for myself, but as you can see with SEVEN YEARS of 24/7 "head pressure", trying to tackle this problem on my own hasn't worked out so well. I think maybe following orders for once is the way to go, for a problem that now controls my entire life, on top of other things like ADD and learning problems. Long ago I also decided I don't have the discipline for the migraine diet or yoga--how many people do?--nor the patience to wait years to see if they work.
The idea of switching Paxil for something else, or else not taking Topamax, is just not going to be compatible with the current plan. Yes, I *am* concerned about this combination of drugs. I know about serotonin syndrome. I'd rather not take Topamax at all. But what are the options? I cannot afford another MRI--my insurance isn't great--and as for a second opinion, I consider myself lucky enough to already have a neurologist that won't tell me "it's all in your head."
As someone with horrible ADD, I don't have the flexibility most people have, I can only stick to *one plan* at a time, or no plans at a time. Perhaps if I could get rid of the head pressure or so-called "migraine", I might be able to tackle other issues like ADD and executive dysfunction, but all I can do right now is one small step at a time in a very linear and predictable fashion. Otherwise I'll just have to swear off doctors altogether, and lose 100% of the progress and the money I paid to get to this point.
(BTW, I hope you won't be offended by the overall "abrasive tone" of this post, realize that it's not directed at you, but just the frustration I have for my scenario...)
Post Edited (Batman55) : 3/17/2011 11:29:05 PM (GMT-6)