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Re: menstrual migraines or epilepsy? so frustrated!

Posted by bookgurl99 on July 8, 2003, at 17:00:47

In reply to Re: menstrual migraines or epilepsy? so frustrated! bookgurl99, posted by jasonr on July 8, 2003, at 16:20:09

hey jason,

thanks for your note.

it's nice to know that someone else has gone through this. i've also experienced left-sided weakness with migraine; i've had some doctors look at me like i'm strange when i say that, like it's all in my head. (it _is_ in my head!)
i have even lost slight range of motion in my left eye, maybe related to the repeated migraines (prior to dx) or not.

i guess i shouldn't take something that my dr. tosses out there _too_ seriously. after all, he just wanted to have it done to be sure he's been responsible on his end. i guess the epilepsy thing is a major fear for me; migraine seems so much less serious.

> I find myself groggy and just not as sharp for a few days after a bad migraine.

It's a relief to know someone else gets this and can relate; I'm the only one I know who gets it!

> Have you tried any preventative meds or rescue meds? I have a girl friend that uses celexa during pms times to help her mood and to avoid migraines.

Right now I'm using verapamil (calcium channel blocker). It helps reduce the frequency. But it seems like as soon as I get off an SSRI, the severity increases. I'm considering birth control pills (to control menstrual trigger) or topomax.

I thought meds like imitrex were off-limits for this type of migraine. For me, it's not the pain that's a problem -- i feel more of a 'pressure' rather than pain. Am I wrong in thinking that imitrex can't be used?




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