Hello again friends. It has been a few years. I was HaloGirl66. Or IndyMode. I can't remember. But I re-registered because I couldn't recover my old user info.
I've had severe insomnia, ADHD, GAD & Migraines for years and am now going through a bipolar diagnosis.
So hello again.
Last week I had a migraine that lasted about 5 days. Normally I can take codeine and it will go away in less than 24 hrs. This one didn't, every time the drugs wore off it was still there. I usually getting vision blacking/tunnel vision and vomiting but this time I didn't have any of that. I was unable to recognise sounds for what they were (bins being wheeled, fans, thunder etc), my neighbour pointed out to me that I had been confused a few times in the last couple of days. I also had trouble with driving and following where things were and what was parked/car park vs queues on roads. I've never had cognitive processing problems with a migraine before. The last thing was a feeling of slowly expanding pressure above and behind my left temple one night that left me sitting unable to do anything for a few minutes. I remember thinking I should go to the hospital but I couldn't make the thoughts turn into actions. I saw a doctor yesterday and he said that even though it's unusual it's probably just a migraine aura and then gave me Maxalt after I'd told him the wafers hadn't worked for me in the past.
My pain is gone today but every now and then I still get a weird pressure feeling where I'd had it before and there are random light stabbing pains. Mentally I feel fuzzy and unfocused. Does this sound normal for a migraine? Does it sound like anything else? I know this isn't the place to diagnose but I'm wondering how soon I should go back and see the doctor again. At the time I was taking tranexamic acid (a blood clotting medication) but the doctor seemed to brush that off as unrelated.
I am currently on 400mg lamotrigine monotherapy.
Been ruminating up a storm lately, with a side of suicidal ideation.
Went to the quack earlier this week, he suggested gabapentin or escitalopram. With SSRI induced mania flip making me nervous, I chose gabapentin.
So, I thought I might pose a few questions to the community before diving in:
Tell me about side effects - which ones? how severe? anything unusual?
Titration - he's starting me on 1200mg, spread out over 300mg am, 300mg pm, and 600mg qhs. He said to start with just the 600 qhs, see how groggy I am, then add in the daytime doses depending on grogginess. Too much? Too fast?
Anyone else try gabapentin for ruminations/suicidal ideations? Did it work?
Anyone else take it as an adjunct to lamotirgine? How well do they play together?
Anything else anyone wants to add... all input is greatly appreciated!
I’ve been on a low dose, off and on of 300-600mg of gabapentin, nightly, originally for sleep. Found that it has a very positive effect on my moods. Nothing short of amazing, really.
has anyone here experienced whole body itching and occasional hives on it? If so, does it go away?
Hey all, I was wondering if anyone here has received a lidocaine treatment? "The supposed mechanism by which lidocaine works in clusters and migraines is by numbing the portion of the trigeminal nerve known as the sphenopalatine ganglion."
If it works, I'll get it again before I go on vacation. But I think it is too expensive to take it as often as they suggest.
Anyone familiar with this?