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I want to first thank everyone for being so supportive while I try and find the medicine that will help prevent me from having migraines. Everyone on here has been really great, I think I can safely say, that aside from Kevin's support, my group of LiveJournal online friends have been one of my biggest sources of support and I really appreciate that.

I had a variant of the side-effect expected with yesterday's attempt and we ended up calling the Kaiser Advice Nurse in the middle of the night to make sure mixing Benadryl with Midrin with the new medicine would be okay. I had already taken the Benadryl because the most obvious side-effect was that I became really itchy and I also got a less obvious side-effect of very slow airway constriction so breathing was getting more and more difficult until the Benadryl kicked in. On top of that I had a migraine and we were worried about how much stuff I had in me and was it safe. Fortunately for me it was, at least at the doses I was taking so about 4 hours later I was finally able to fall asleep and stay that way. My neurologist is supposed to be emailing me with another suggestion.

I am still trying to stay optimistic about this, most of the time I am able to, but as I am sure everyone knows, it is not always easy to stay that way all of the time. I have been glad to have The Sims games and the community to help keep me distracted when all hope feels lost.
And we are glad to have you here. *hug*
I can't imagine what you are going through, most of it sounds awful.
I can say it is not fun and generally painful. What is bad, and what usually gets me down, is that I see other people in what I consider worse situations medically and they are still able to work. Kevin then comes in and has to remind me that the people I am referring to don't have the mental confusion 80-90% of the time like I do.

One good thing from this, usually for the 1 to 3 days after I have tried a new medicine, I do well before it starts going back downhill so I am actually feeling pretty good right now. If I can get the pictures to upload I am going to try and post the first two houses on my rotational play (baby Spica becomes a toddler, it is so cute) later this evening. Right now I am trying to convince Kevin we should do something while I am still stable and able to remember it.
here's hoping it won't take you too many medicines before you finally find the best one.
I think this last one was #7 but I could be wrong, something about not remembering the entire months of June and May makes it hard to be sure. I feel bad when the neurologists wants to go back over the medications I have tried because I cannot even remember most of their names. Of course, it doesn't help that they all seem to have two different names. One of these days Kevin and I need to make a list of what I have taken, in what order, and the side-effects. Fortunately Kevin seems to remember the side-effects from all of them.

I always have hope that the next one they give me will be the one; the day I lose that hope is the day they need to start trying anti-depressants out on me.
I know I don't comment much, but I always read your posts, and I sincerely hope that you find the medication that will work for you soon. I cannot imagine what it must be like to suffer with the migraines and confusion/memory loss you have described. I had migranes when I was in my twenties, but they were not anything to the degree of what you must have. (And oh how I hated Imitrex! It worked, but was a trade off between the migraine or puking.) I have a condition that it took almost a decade to find the right meds for me. ( But I'm feeling much better now ;-) ) I hope you have much better luck, and it sounds like you have a very dedicated doc. That's a hard thing to find nowadays.

I'm not sure what your feelings are on antidepressants, but I can honestly say that I wouldn't be here if it weren't for them.

I know it is hard to stay optimistic, but sometimes thats all you have to keep you going, and we must just keep on going...like the energizer bunny. Try to remember that there are people that are thinking of you (even if we don't personally know you) and want you to be well and happy!
What is funny about all this is that generally feel like I got off light when compared to people in my pain management class who have pain that prevents them from moving almost every day like fibromyalgia of which there were several. I think it is more the mental problem that gets to me because I was always the employee who could focus for hours on end on some of the most boring stuff that no one else wanted to do but had to get done. I was often complemented at work for how quickly and correctly I could get through customer emails and make them happy. Not having that can be very depressing. I think if it was just pain I would take the midrin as often as allowed and just try and make work and every other day thing if they would let me.

I have never been a fan of antidepressants because my mother takes them and they have caused her to have a facial tick that, while it has lessened since they switched her medicine around, it has not gone away. If the next medicine we are going to try doesn't work, the one after that is an older for of antidepressant with the side-effect of making me drowsy. We are not to that one yet and I am not looking forward to it, but I think over this year I have become more accepting of the idea that they may be needed to help me.

and we must just keep on going...like the energizer bunny

That made me smile, as did the rest of the comment, but that part specifically made the smile a bit bigger. Thank you.
I'm glad the energizer bunny made you smile.

My S-I-L told me a while back that she admired me. Shocked the hell out of me. She has the whole super-mom, betty crocker, martha stewart, grad student thing going on. I asked her why when I have so obviously made a cock-up of my life. She told me it is because no matter how bad it has gotten (and things are pretty good at the moment, BTW), I just keep going. It made me think of the Energizer bunny.