It's because I'm fat???

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sweettea
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   Posted 11/4/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been off daily preventative medicine for over six months, after having no migraines for a year.  Now, I've had two nasty ones wake me up early in the morning, along with vomiting and the whole works, just in a couple of weeks' time. 
 
I went to my usual clinic, but was seen by an NP rather than my normal practitioner.  I gave my history, and she said, "Well, first of all, you need to lose weight, that would help you a lot."
 
Yes, I'm fat.  But I had migraines when I weighed 100 lbs, just the same as I do now.  I know there are some studies which have connected CDH to obesity, but I was really floored by this.
 
I told her flat out that I felt insulted.  I know I'm fat!  I have a mirror and I shop in the plus size section of the stores!  Then again, I lost over 20lbs. this summer, so I'm working on it. 
 
Has anyone else been treated this way, or am I the only fatty who didn't know this?
 
I'm feeling really aggrevated, in case that doesn't show. tongue    She did prescribe Topamax, after I brought it up.
 
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doghouse
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   Posted 11/4/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
First off I will say, I'm not a doctor...no where close cool ... BUT - the only time I have ever heard of someone's weight effecting migraines is if you have high blood pressure from the extra weight and THAT is what causes the migraines.

But like I said, I'm not a doctor....However, if I were - I would diagnose that NP with a serious lack of tact and bedside manner!! Boot to the head for her!

sweettea
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   Posted 11/4/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
doghouse said...
 I would diagnose that NP with a serious lack of tact and bedside manner!! Boot to the head for her!
I was actually wanting to aim quite a bit lower....... yeah
 
Vic

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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Vic,

I am sickened but her lack of compassion and tact. Being overweigt myself (due to medications)I have seen first hand how people discriminate and ridicule. I am glad that you did not let her off the hook. The next time you see your regular dr let him know how you were treated, there is no excuse for it.
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4now
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   Posted 11/6/2007 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
   Ok,speaking for myself,some doctors drive me crazy.When I started I weighed 125pds and a few months later,the meds put me up to almost 150,which for me is the most I've ever weighed.However,they had my chart and after putting the weight on,said it might be my weight.Ummm,no.
    I'm not in the medical field.But I've had migraine long enough to say anything needs to be looked into.But weight on it's own,I wouldn't think so.I have a thyroid issue,which I probably had for years before I was diagnosed.I have read that thyroid and migraine go hand and hand.Also,my neuologist at the time said if they can get your thyroid under control,it may help your migaine situation.
    Migraine is a strange disease.There's no one solution.I hope they find something that helps you.

tysmyboo
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   Posted 11/7/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
MAKES ME ANGRY!!!!
 
But, just a side note....have you seen "fat" people with migraines, "skinny" people with migraines...I have seen all sizes, shapes and colors....
 
This is not an acceptable explaination of ANYTHING, do not accept that. Tell them that you thought doctors were supposed to be SMART....
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sweettea
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   Posted 11/8/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
When I said I was offended by her remark, she said, "I'm just saying what research proves".  I said, "I've probably done more research on migraine than you have, HUN", kind of condescending.  I've never spoken to a medical provider that way before, but I really felt she was out of line. 
 
I found out later my mom had seen this same NP, and when she was giving her history, the NP told my mom her medication "didn't exist".  Mom said, well, I've been on it for twelve years, unless I have a really good imagination.  The woman argued with Mom until she looked in the PDR and found it.  Then she was like, "I didn't recognize it the way you said it".
 
I think she's just not that bright.
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   Posted 11/8/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
        
 
      It gets very tiring that everyone has a comment or answer for migraine,most of which don't even make any sense.They like to
 minimize what you're going through.If it was such as easy answer as weight,or "just stress" or stop drinking coffee or the one I like is someone told my husband I should get my hair cut.That her aunt did and the migaraines went away.I've had my hair cut so short before and it didn't make a difference.I'd shave my head if it helped.
      In fact,I've been tempted to when the roots of my hair hurt so bad.I've been told,just exercise.I used to go to a fitness center in tears just to try to keep in shape.I cut out all drinks except water for 6 months.It didn't help.
      I know how insulting it can be.You're already hurting and then you get a comment or suggestion that is so out of whack.We really do deserve much more respect than we get.

tysmyboo
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   Posted 11/9/2007 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   

I agree, yet again...

I cut my hair off because they said it was "weighing me down" and making the headaches worse...Buncha lies


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doghouse
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   Posted 11/9/2007 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I would file a complaint against that NP. I used to let things slide by but no more...there is point you have to put your foot down.

korbnep
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   Posted 11/10/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a few of you have been treated pretty poorly. But a note on weight:

Obviously if you've had migraines and then you put on weight and you still have migraines, the weight isn't the cause (I very much fit into this category sad ). However, I think I read at least one person saying or implying that weight can't be a factor in the cause of migraines. Yes, thin and heavy people alike get migraines . But if anyone is overweight and starts getting migraines, then it's a reasonable possibility that the weight might be a significant factor. For example, higher weight can cause sleep apnea and we all know that poor quality of sleep can lead to migraines.

Also, being overweight can exacerbate already existing migraines because of its effect on stuff like sleeping, heart health, effects on the neck and spine, etc. So, while in most cases it's wrong to say that migraines are being caused by your weight, don't be too offended if your doctor suggests that the two might have at least some sort of connection. The doctor who DOESN'T look at that connection is the one who isn't smart.
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Post Edited (korbnep) : 11/10/2007 7:09:03 PM (GMT-7)

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