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Attention

I’ve noticed since I was young that I had a different way of experiencing the world. I see and feel everything around me and it’s hard to put into words how it is to not be able to focus at times. I had a process I followed in highschool that sort of worked but my grades weren’t as good as they could have been. College was easier as I was paying for it myself and going part time – the motivation was there to focus.

Work has always been a challenge but I’ve found ways to cope. I listen to music, turn off distractions, time box things. All of this was put into place without really having a name for what it was. I didn’t realize I had ADD. Maybe I had an idea but I didn’t want to be one of those people on legalized meth.

I started at a new job in July of this year and I’m working out of my house. I really like the job and I have a lot of great people on my team. I’ve noticed that my self-designed mechanisms I’ve used over time to keep productive didn’t quite work when I’m at home alone. I finally decided to talk to my doctor about it.

I was referred to a counselor and we talked about everything. It was pretty clear to her that my thoughts about me having ADD/ADHD was pretty dead on. I told her I don’t want to be on meds forever. I know how that is with the cluster headaches and didn’t want to add another one. I did say, however, that I want to see what it’s like having “normal” focus so I know what to work towards.

I’ve started on a low dose of Vyvanse and am starting a regimen of yoga, meditation and diet change. So far on day two I’m seeing a big change I’m focus. I took myself off of Doxepin to reduce interactions but I think I may have to go back on. Headaches came back with a vengeance.

More soon as this new adventure unfolds.

Progress

Two years have gone by since the last time I posted.  A lot has happened.

Testosterone therapy was abandoned shortly after my post in June 2011.  The results were fairly inconclusive and I couldn’t see spending close to $600/month for the medication.  Doxepin has been the golden hammer, from what I can tell.  I’m at 150mg/day at night and that seems to be a happy place for me.  I had MONTHS of no pain whatsoever.  I seem to be back on a cycle for the past 3-4 months but I’m at most getting 1-2 headaches a week of a fairly low level of pain.

It’s crazy to see that a cheap anti-depressant like Doxepin was the solution, at least for now.  My neurologist has been awesome, taking suggestions I’m finding from others online and using it for my condition.  The report from Diamond Headache Clinic seemed to help, even though I had felt it was useless.  It was that report that indicated a treatment regimen including Doxepin so we tried it and it works.

I’ve come to learn that everyone is so very different.  We all have so many variables with what we eat, breathe, and expose ourselves to every day.  It takes time and patience to find something that can help you, so stay strong.