Headaches

A month on Vyvanse

I’m approaching my 30th day on Vyvanse to help treat my adult ADD.  The first couple of weeks I had some bad cluster headaches come through.  Dropping off the doxepin seemed like the dumbest thing I could have done.  Then I noticed a change – the cluster headaches started to Read more…

By Artin, ago
Headaches

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 Read more…

By Artin, ago
Headaches

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 Read more…

By Artin, ago
Headaches

Cycle Returned

So I’m now back at the point that I believe I will be visiting my neurologist and get put back on an antiseizure medication.  The frequency of my migraines is now at least 5 a week that require medication.  The other day I had a really strong attack of nausea Read more…

By Artin, ago
Headaches

Summer, School, Stuff

Been busy the past few weeks and really haven’t had much to blog about.  I’ve found that Twitter fills in my need to broadcast to the world more often than writing up a formal post.  Half the time I get through writing a post I realize I’ve been babbling and Read more…

By Artin, ago
Headaches

Anthem, How I Dislike Thee

anthemIt's about time I have another fight with my medical insurance company, Athem Blue Cross Blue Shield.  I received a letter from them at the end of December letting me know that my plan is no longer covering omeprazole (the generic of Prilosec) in 40mg doses.  I am taking the 20mg pills but had my doctor spend weeks getting them to authorize a quantity of two a day, bringing the total dose to 40mg. I called Anthem today, finally, to discuss this change in my coverage and how it'll affect me.  Using their handy [sarcasm - it sucks] drug coverage & pricing tool online, I won't be covered.  Previous experience has shown me that this tool doesn't take into account authorizations on file and relatively has a mind of its own.  It's useless.  Anyway, I got a very pleasant customer service representative to understand my dilema. Nexium works the best for me, but it costs $65 a month or more.  I've tried EVERYTHING else and nothing works except Prilosec or its generic in a higher dose.  Prilosec is chemically similar to Nexium and actually contains about 20% of the active material of Nexium.  Fun fact for the day. omeprazole The CS rep took the time to talk with a pharmacy specialist, placing me on hold for a good ten minutes.  She said that because my doctor has completed the prior authorization form and they approved it, they'll cover the prescription.  My renewal for the pills comes up at the end of the month, so I'm crossing my fingers I won't have WWIII to contend with.  In the end, I could ask my doctor for 90 days of samples, but since I have insurance I might as well make them pay for it. (more…)

By Artin, ago