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I'm 20th Century Fox
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I am tired....tired of daily headaches, tired of migraines, tired of this new medicine which makes me groggy during the day, makes my fingers and toes tingle, and kills my taste for Coke and Pepsi. I do welcome the weight loss, but hate the dumbness that has come with it. I just want to feel normal Ė no headaches, no numbness, tingling, grogginess, just normal. I would love to have a couple of days, or even a week, free from headaches. I know I could have some other medical condition that is much, much worse than daily headaches, but Iím really, really tired of 40 years of the same thing every day. I just want to cry. But that makes them worse.

Sorry, Iím not really ranting, this is more of a dumping. But some days I canít take it, and this is one of them.

Edited to correct - 30 years, not 40 years. The headaches started in my teens. See what I mean about dopiness?

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{hugs} I know how you feel. Been in for CTs, MRIs & various tests, meds for headaches, nothing really helps or shows anything wrong. Add to that the back problems which only make the headaches worse & IBS, a bad attack of which gives me brain fog, which it sounds like you're getting too. Brain fog that is.

If this med keeps presenting these other symptoms, you really need to talk to the prescribing doctor about it cuz it's not helping if it just makes you feel worse.

{more hugs}

dawn 'I want a body transplant' da

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Agree with Dawnda...There may be other meds that will work for you.

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Nicki
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I sympathize with you. Migraines run in my family. My mother has them, I have them, and now my son.

I'm sure since you've had the headaches for so long that you've looked up and read everything about them. So you probably know the basics on the triggers and what-not.

Caffine is definitely one of them. So not having a taste for coke might be a good thing. You can also get the headaches from caffine withdrawals. That happens to me.

Here is something I learned a couple of months ago. Now I've always had migraines, which come and go. But I would also seem to get what i called "my functioning migraines". I was able to go about my daily life but with a dull and knawing headache. I couldn't get rid of it. They would last for months and months and months, go away for a short time and then be back again. Doctors just kept doubling my pills.

Well, I read an article about migraines (due to my interest). It showed a trigger I hadn't seen before and it was a vitamin deficiency. I figured what the heck - that couldn't hurt. I started taking an OTC multi-vitamin. And in about a week or so my annoying headache STOPPED!! I couldn't believe it. It may not be a magic pill but I was thrilled.

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I'm 20th Century Fox
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Brain fog - that's a good phrase, and right where I am today. Thanks!

I'm not a huge complainer, but sometimes it helps to vent a little, and hear from other sufferers.

I've been to chiropractors, allergists, massage therapists, neurologists; been on various anti-depressants , some of which have worked for awhile. I've had trigger-point injections, which only worked for a few hours. I've been to my current headache doctor about 3 times in the past month, and she's started me on Topamax and imitrex (the imitrex injections seem to work the best). It's the Topamax that's making me so dopey, but I guess I really need to give it a little more time. And I probably took it a bit too late last night, which is my fault.

ETA: Nicki, just saw your post, and that's exactly what I have today, a gnawing, annoying headache. I may have to check out your OTC multi-vitamin suggestion!

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Quitting smoking got rid of mine.

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dawnda
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quote:
Originally posted by I'm 20th Century Fox:
Brain fog - that's a good phrase, and right where I am today. Thanks!

Can't claim credit for it, I usually say my brain feels fuzzy. But it's dead on.

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Nicki
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Here's a good link that shows triggers:

http://migrainesolutions.com/what_triggers_migraines/what_triggers_migraines.html

I'm sure your doctors have asked you to try and identify some of your triggers in order to help.

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There's a reason it's nickname is Dopamax. Cognitive dulling is extremely common and may not resolve itself unless the drug is discontinued.

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I'm 20th Century Fox
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Nicki, you have been very helpful today. That's a good link. Believe it or not, I was only officially diagnosed with migraines within the past year or so. Prior to that, it was "just" chronic tension-type headaches. Even I didn't believe I had migraines, since I had no aura and my headaches aren't just on one side of my head. But I have all the symptoms, especially sensitivity to light, sounds, smells, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, and diarrhea (!).

And if I smoked, I would try to quit. Good for you, 9mm, for quitting. That must've been hard to do.

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It is also worth considering cluster headaches - http://www.clusterheadaches.co.uk/

These sometimes respond very well to pure oxygen. It has to be worth a try and can't do any harm.

BluesScale

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My headaches tend to last for hours, BluesScale, not the 15 to 90 minutes that are characteristic of cluster headaches. But thanks for the link and the tip.

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That does sound really unpleasant for you :-( Hope that you find a solution soon

Blues.

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Topamax made me an abosolute idiot. I could not remember my own child's name after a week on it. There are other drugs out there.

I took it for migraines as well. There is hope. I found another one that did work for me and nor in only get a headache every 6 weeks or so. That i can live with.

~k

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I'm 20th Century Fox
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A bit of an update.....I lowered my dosage last night (from 75 mg back to 50 mg). It was still pretty late when I took it, around midnight, but I slept well and woke up without the fog. Still have the tingling in the fingers and toes but I had that before on the lower dosage. I feel so much better without the fog. I'll mention just staying on the lower dosage to my doctor when I got back next month. A friend of mine who took Topamax, and just got off it after 2 years, said she only took the 50 mg dose. If it ends up lessening the number of migraines and the severity, I'll live with the other side effects. Just not the dopiness!

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quote:
Originally posted by I'm 20th Century Fox:
A bit of an update.....I lowered my dosage last night (from 75 mg back to 50 mg). It was still pretty late when I took it, around midnight, but I slept well and woke up without the fog. Still have the tingling in the fingers and toes but I had that before on the lower dosage. I feel so much better without the fog. I'll mention just staying on the lower dosage to my doctor when I got back next month.

So you lowered the dosage without consulting your doctor? I understand why you want the lower dosage, and why you don't want to wait until next month, but couldn't you call the doctor's office?

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I'm 20th Century Fox
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She started me out earlier this month at 25 mg, for a week, then I was to up it to 50 for a week, then 75 for a week. It was the 75 that I was having a hard time adjusting to, so I knocked it back to 50. I plan to call them tomorrow and discuss it with the nurse, but I don't feel they'll have a problem with it since I had only been on the 75 for a few days.

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