You may recall from my last visit to the migraine doc (a neurologist who specializes in headaches) that she’s tried just about everything and suggested that I look into studies. Well, she hasn’t given up.
I saw her last week and it was a long visit. I am always impressed when I go there that she never seems to be in a hurry. I never feel like she is rushed to get to the next patient. It’s amazing really, this is a doctor who is backed up over 3 months for an appointment, you know she’s busy. During our visit, I was having slow vertigo, which made it difficult for me to follow everything she was saying. I’m still asking Stuart some things, unfortunately he doesn’t seem to have much of a memory. He must have been worried about me. I did understand most of the visit, there are just little things I remember her saying that I wish I remembered. Like she said that Melatonin was good for something other than sleep, but we can’t remember what…….well I just looked it up and it can help with a bunch of things, including migraines. Who knew? I don’t know if that’s what she said, but I’ll keep taking it. It helps fall asleep anyway.
She is concerned that some of my migraines may be caused because my CSF (Cerebrospinal Fluid) is too high again. I have fluctuating CSF, it tends to run high. The migraine medications that I’m on help keep it lowered. She felt that we need to put me on a drug that will increase this effect. So I was taken off Topamax and put on Diamox. I’ve been on Diamox before, my CSF pressure did not remain stable on it either, we’ll see what happens this time.
She did look in my eyes, it was difficult because I had a bit of nystagmus going on at the time so my eyes were jumping, but she saw that it was bulging a little bit back there, a sure sign that my pressure is up.
The weird things is, if I have high CSF I should have a worse headache when I lie down. Sometimes I have a bad headache when I wake up but often I don’t. When I have a bad headache, it doesn’t get better when I lie down. hmmmm. Makes me wonder. But then there’s the eye thing, she did say it was a slight bulge. Well I’m just not convinced and I don’t want this drug to make my pressure go too low. It’s a very strong diuretic. I’m peeing a lot, but my body will get used to it I’m sure. I’m a little more light headed, but that could just be me, but it could be the drug. I feel very confused, this one has bothered me a lot, but it says it will go away shortly. If it doesn’t I won’t be on this drug long. I do not like being so forgetful. I was angry at Stuart yesterday and couldn’t remember why!! I don’t get angry at him often, you’d think I’d remember why I was mad at him. I think this drug is making me grumpy, or maybe that’s just me. I also think it’s reducing my appetite, as least that would be a good thing.
To sum up, I’m on a new drug (or back on an old drug). I’m not sure about it. I’m keeping an open mind though. I’m keeping a journal of my headaches as always, I’m adding in other side effects I’m feeling and paying close attention to all. I go back to the migraine doc in 2 months.
I can only say: Chronic migraines and New Daily Persistent Headaches suck.