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January 30th, 2007 at 08:48 am

Fighting a migraine again today...has anyone tried Topamax? I think that's my last option before visiting a neurologist.

I've been trying very hard to think positively...things like, "I am a money magnet" and "I am a job offer magnet", and it seems to be working so far. I revamped my resume, sent out a few applications recently, and am getting postive responses. I am a job offer magnet...big money... Wink

Last night was our first pottery class this semester. SO is taking it with me this time. I made five pots last night...guess I was on a roll! It's fun having him with me.

My dad is creating gorgeous wood carvings these days (in addition to searching for a job). He has made some incredible Native American-style things and matted and framed them, and I really think they could sell. I created an etsy.com seller's page. I've considered eBay, but I'm a little burned out on that. I looked into local art galleries a bit yesterday. Any other ideas? He has taken photos, but their digital camera sucks. I've been researching Canon cameras and am contemplating buying one for them. The A540 has more power and zoom than my beloved Olympus, and is currently only $175. If they are serious about selling their handcrafted goods (my mother is a weaver as well), they need a good camera. I'm just still licking my wounds after getting the car fixed for the umpteenth time.

I worked lots of overtime last week, so my next paycheck should be a nice one!

8 Responses to “positive thoughts”

  1. JanH Says:

    My DD was on topomax all last year due to migraines and every day headaches. It wasn't until the end of the year that we figured out that another medicine she was on was causing the headaches--rare side effect. The topomax seemed to help her get through the days even though she felt a little tightness still and headaches that broke through. She took it every morning and every evening. Since her headaches were caused by something else, I don't know how it would have worked on regular headaches. Hope that it works for you because those migraines (Hubby has those--takes maxalt) are awful. Take care.

  2. fern Says:

    the doctor i'm dating is a neurologist. He gets migraines too and the other day mentioned he had one coming on and he took some medication that nips it in the bud, he said. I could find out tonight what it was for you, if you decide to see a doctor about it.

    My mom's a weaver, too.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    My migraines virtually disappeared when I cut all food additives and artificial ingredients out of my diet. Now I just get them if there is an enormous swing in barometric pressure. I don't know if whether you've tried changing your diet or not, but if you haven't I would highly recommend it.

  4. kashi Says:

    A friend of mine takes Maxalt too; I'm thinking about asking the doctor about that.

    Fern, if you can find out what he takes, that would be awesome. I don't have much hope for my daily headaches or migraines, though, if a neurologist still gets migraines...eep.

    LR, this may sound silly, but what do you eat? Can you ever eat out?

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Yes, I do eat out and I know pretty much which restaurants to avoid and which ones are safe. Like we have one Chinese restaurant that does not use MSG and makes everything fresh and from scratch, one pizza place, one Mexican place and one fast food place. And that's really it.

    Mostly I make everything myself now, generally fresh vegetables, fruit, wild caught fish, and all natural meats and poultry, usually organic. I make my own bread out of 100% whole wheat flour because most breads have corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup and eat wild rice or brown rice.

    Mostly its a question of what I avoid, which is: nitrates, nitrites, sulfates, sulfites, MSG, matidextrin, high fructose corn syrup, all artificial sweetners including Splenda, anything preserved in "broth" without ingredients for the broth, anything injected with a solution to "enhance" flavor, refined white sugar and refined white flour and transfats (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated anything). Now that last one I just do because I do it, not to avoid headaches. I do use honey and molasses and on occassion brown sugar without ill effects but refined white sugar will give me killer migraines. I have noticed that it takes much less honey or brown sugar to sweeten something than white sugar ever took and no backlash headache from it.

    A book that you might benefit from reading, even at your younger age, is The Schwarzbein Principle. I say at your age because she also goes into premenopause and menopause and aging issues, but there is so much other information in this book that is so helpful to people dealing with chronic issues and trying to gear up for good health and it explains why all the additives can cause such problems in a person.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    That's supposed to be maltidextrin up there but it won't let me edit today.

  7. fern Says:

    Kashi, B. says he takes Imitrex, which happens to the medication that's been around the longest, though there are a number to choose from. He said you don't have to suffer thru the migraines as today's medications help 75 to 80% of migraine sufferers. He said you could even get your primary care doc to write you a prescription rather than going to a neurologist, if you prefer. (with my health plan, co-pay is cheaper for primary care doc than a 'specialist.' Good luck.

  8. kashi Says:

    Thanks for all the useful info, LR! I reserved that book at the library.

    Fern, thanks for asking him. I've only been to my primary care doc so far; the specialist is a higher copay for me, too. I've tried two different daily headache prevention meds, and am currently taking Imitrex when a migraine hits. My doc says I've got anti-seizure drugs (Topamax) left to try before he sends me off to a neurologist.

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