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Re: Recently Started on Topamax

Posted by dawn setzer on April 20, 2001, at 12:14:08

In reply to Re: Recently Started on Topamax, posted by Lainie on April 12, 2001, at 21:30:57

Hi Lainie!

Just wanted to say GOOD FOR YOU, for taking care of yourself in spite of it all!! Warm baths, quitting a stressful job, you deserve a round of applause!

For me at least, taking care of myself is the hardest thing to do when the rest is falling apart. I admire your commitment to being good to yourself in the face of adversity.

From the information my pdoc has given me, migraines, adhd, bipolar, seizures, pmdd, are all closely connected. I experienced severe migraines as a child and into my early 30s, although I haven't had one of any great significance in years. PHEW! I can still vividly recall the pain, however.

The research I did while taking neurontin indicated it was often prescribed for pain and migraines. I found it to be VERY helpful for anxiety, which in the past was a major factor in the onset of migraines for me, so perhaps you could check in with your pdoc about it.

I think the worst of all of this is the hamster wheel we're all running around in!! At least it feels like that for me. Anxiety produces insomnia, which in turn produces anxiety, which in your case is helping to produce headaches, etc., etc., etc.

One thing I DO know is that exercise (at least for me) makes all the difference in the world! Problem is, that gets lost in the emotional hamster wheel too!

Most importantly, don't lose that wonderful sense of humor!! I bet you look simply STUNNING with that ice bag on your head and that you wear it with style and grace. Perhaps you could create a line of flashy turban head wraps that hold a gel that can be frozen, for others who suffer as you do. A multi purpose item that can also keep you cool at the beach or be put in the cooler to chill the beer!

Wishing you the best and some relief from your pain!




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