I have been on Topamax for a while myself and have had to increase it a little as I am on it for a longer time, but I am still only on 75mg a day (25 in the am & 50 in the pm) and it has helped me to reduce my migraines by almost 1/2 also.
As for the Relpax. If you have ANY family history of heart problems, or if you yourself have high blood pressure, smoke, drink or have anything else that may put you at risk for heart problems make sure you have your heart checked often. I do not have ANY risk factors and went to the ER at the local hospital with 4 heart attack symptoms. The heart doctor believes it was caused by the Relpax which I have been taking for over a year now, on a fairly regular basis until I got on the Topamax.
I am taking 25 mg of topomax twice daily. When I first started taking them they made me drowsy, but once I got accustomed to them they didn't bother me at all. I haven't noticed any side effects. Of course, it will be different for different people and you may. But, when you think of how bad the headaches are, the side effects would have to be unimaginable for me to stop taking it. It has cut the number of headaches I have by more than half. Good luck.
How does the Topomax affect you? Does it make you tired at all? How many miligrams so you take? I know exactly what you mean with the halo description. Sometimes I look at lights in the room and they have a greenish glow to them or a halo around them. Do you ever get facial tingling? I am seriously thinking about trying the Topomax, thats what the neuro here said last week when I posted a question on the Neurology forum. I know one thing for sure, its awful, and nobody knows unless they themselves get them. Thanks!!
I am 33 years old and have been suffering with migraines for the past 5 years. My gp had me keep a diary for several monthes and the only 2 things that kept showing up right before the headaches were sinus infections and my period. I have a lot of sinus problems, always have. I also have a lot of trouble with my period. The only thing I have found that has helped me is taking Topamax twice daily EVERY day, believe me, I know if I miss it. And Relpax at the onset of headaches. I can usually tell I have one coming before it starts because everything and everybody I look at has a "halo" over them. If I take the relpax then, it usually helps, if I wait until the pain actually starts, the only thing that helps is shot from doc. Or throwing up. Once it hurts bad enough to make me sick at my stomach, it seems to start to ease up. I have also found that a heating pad on the back of my neck helps make it more bearable. Cold packs only make it worse. Good luck.
i do suffer from migraines, although i just take advil fromit. do get auras without migraines. and it seems all of this does get worse before my period. so who knows. i feeel same as you. if your doc is making u feel bad then change your doc.
It could be hormone related, but I have had a hysterectomy so I no longer have a period. I believe I am going through the change as I am now 45 years old. I also have some other problems that could suggest I might have an autoimmune problem, but I have not yet been diagnosed. (I am having tests run by/through a neurologist.) We just need to keep each other lifted up in prayer.
Maybe then if you both have migraines it has some theory behind it. Did you go to the neurology forum and read my two posts? It seems weird that we all three have migraines and have these same symptoms. I'm only 35, I know that is young for hormone changes (perimenopause), but my maternal gram went through the change of life at 39, natural meopause, nothing provoked this to happen. I never had headaches before when I was younger, but in the last 8 years have been getting them, my mother and her father both have had them since the were young. Did either of your neurologists suggest that migraines could be the cause to your problems?
Just curious, do any of you think this is hormone related, I'm 35, and it seems that its much worse before my period. I know that hormone changes are bad to alot of people that have autoimmune disease also. Do you ever have the migraine aura, with/without headache. What about irritable bowel? It seems that if I don't get the migraine around the time of the month that I usually do, I get the IB instead. Hot water seems to settle mine down some. Could this all be migraines, MS, Lyme, hormones, or just plain old anxiety? I'm really fed up with it, and when you tell a doc about these strange feelings they look at you like your CRAZZZZY! I'm Crazy and yes, I AM ATTHEENDOFMYROPE!!!!!
The only thing that I take is Xanax, this seems to help it some. Have read all your posts, my symptoms are very familiar. Ive been thinking about the Lyme thing for about 5 months now. I was tested back in April, but the ELISA is supposed to be pretty useless. I do get the twitches also, seems like they take place of the crawling feelings. I also get little cold water feelings sometimes. Do you suffer from migraines? Talk soon.
I also suffer from migraines, however, I feel like I have bugs crawling on me even where I am not wearing clothing. Where I am wearing clothing I sometimes get the feeling that my skin is being rubbed raw from my clothes.
I wish you well in your endevor to discover what is going on and if you find out anything, I would appreciate hearing. <'o'>
are you taking any meds.
I have the same feeling with clothes. have all kinds of tests done and all normal. totally understand the anxiety.