Sunday, August 3, 2008

July 29, 2008 Headache Specialist Visit

I saw my migraine/headache specialist on Tuesday, July 29th. I had a list of items I wanted to change in our management plan of my migraines. Overall it was a very quick visit, but extremely helpful visit.

I heart my migraine/headache specialist!

As a preventative medication for my migraines, I have been on Lyrica since January. While Lyrica seemed to decrease the number of migraines for a couple of months, in the last couple months, it did not sustain the decrease. In addition, I was having side effects of memory loss, word finding difficulties, increased appetite (insatiable) and weight gain. The memory loss has been affecting my daily life in that I could not remember what I do from day to day or sometimes what happened a few hours ago. Since going on the Lyrica I had gained 10 lbs and despite being on Weight Watchers (around 1000 calorie/day diet) and exercising 5 days/week, I was only able to maintain that weight not lose it.

So, a change was called for and Dr. Headache Specialist agreed. Now I am tapering off the Lyrica while tapering onto Zonegran. Zonegran is in the same class of medications as Lyrica, an anti-convulsant, so I am hoping to find some success with this.

As an abortive, I was trying Treximet, a combination of Imitrex (sumatriptan) and Aleve (naproxen). I was having mixed results with the Treximet with some uncomfortable side effects. So, the doc changed me to Zomig.

Overall, I am very optimistic about these changes. I am really glad I am stopping the Lyrica. And I am hopeful this new regimen will give me even more migraine-free days.

Although, so far, I have had a migraine every day since my specialist visit! Go figure!

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