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Re: Topmax for Migraines » Snoozy

Posted by Sprgrvr on June 24, 2003, at 12:35:50

In reply to Re: Topmax for Migraines » Sprgrvr, posted by Snoozy on June 23, 2003, at 23:14:49

Thanks for the questions. I know I'm not going to explain this very well because I'm not bilingual with the language of neurology - I've lost a lot of faith in it after each new doctor questioned why the previous one put me on a certain medication (mainly an otc painkiller). I learned to just deal with my migraines and became Advil's #1 customer. I’ve come a long way since I met my last doctor.

When my sister's (she's twelve) symptoms were questioned as a form of epilepsy instead of bipolar or ADHD, her pediatric neurologist questioned whether my migraines were a form of overfiring, just in a different lobe than hers, though that is the only obvious symptom we have discovered so far. She gave me Lamictal for the firing. When I reacted, I was given Prednisone as a form of Cortisone.

When the migraines first started, we had theories of sinus infections, eye strain to which I got glasses, allergies (milk, etc.), tension headaches to which I went to a chiropractor, and found no relief to the headaches. What was baffling, was that the headaches seemed to be pretty intense every day for six weeks with a two week suppression, in a constant cycle. They were not as intense as cluster headaches but had the cycle pattern.

My current doctor is a pediatric neurologist at the Primary Children’s Medical Center who is also researching the genetic link. My brother has also shown signs, though differently from my sister and I.




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