MechanicOver the past few weeks I’ve considered going back to my neurologist for a tune-up. The frequency and duration of my headaches has been anything but consistent the past 18 months. I can go a week without any pain and then have a 7-day span that feels like the world is ending and I’ll never be without the headaches. I’m just not quite sure what good is going to come out of seeing him again.

I’ve been on Topamax, Depakote, verapamil, triptans, melatonin, indomethacin, celebrex to name a few. None of them really worked. Is that strange? I’m not willing to stay on any more anti-seizure medications. I was not myself on Topamax and I’ve realized I’m probably better off not screwing with my neurotransmitters if I don’t have to. Ultimately, coming back to Tylenol and ibuprofen has proven more effective than any $50/month medication.

I’m not expecting some new miracle cure that developed in the past year to fix it all for me. I think at least I’d like to get another MRI done for comparison to the two others I’ve had. While I’ve been assured that nothing like a tumor or clot is responsible for the pain, I’d like to stay up on it. Maybe some day I’ll make a mobile made up of brain scans. I think that would be pretty.


I'm a 20-something full time geek, part time student and photographer with a life partner, dog, house, and the two cars. I also have an ice pick in my left temple every day.


ErinM · September 26, 2007 at 1:59 PM

Do like I did and just do away with the drugs altogether!! I know that doesn’t work for everyone, but I agree that “I’m probably better off not screwing with my neurotransmitters…” I found that the s/e’s I was experiencing were far worse than dealing with the migraines themselves. Just my two cents.

Artin · September 26, 2007 at 2:39 PM

That’s an approach I should consider. I’ve always wondered what my blood pressure would be if I took myself off of the medication since I’ve been on it so long.

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