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And the verdict is...

Migraine.

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I was given Maxalt, which melts on the tongue and makes the symptoms go away if it's migraine. And doesn't do a thing if it isn't.


And when one started to develop tonight while we were having dinner out with a friend...well, it seems to have made a difference. So. Yay.

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Maxalt is good stuff. I had it once, before the doctors realized that giving me vasoconstrictors was a Very Bad Idea due to the complicated migraines I get. (Because I get migraines that mimic stroke symptoms, they don't want to give me anything that will narrow blood vessels in my brain.) But it is good, I hear.

Sorry to hear you may be getting migraines, though. They really suck. :(

I think I've been having them - albeit not often - for years. I've just been calling them food poisoning.

YAY!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you! Not for the migraines, obviously, but for getting diagnosed and getting something that works for you.

I just hope I don't use it when I don't need it. Right now, I'm scared at every twinge in head or tummy.

Maxalt

Oh, Yesssss. Good Stuff. Make head stop hurting, no sleepy, no upset tummy, good stuff.

But my MD insisted the first time I take it I be in her office. Since that wasn't happening, she then relented and said not to take it unless Bill was home. Why? She was worried about the little side effect where some people have a heart attack.

Not many, and the package insert says it's about .3% as I recall. But yes, I can see it as a concern given a much younger brother in law took Imitrex and did have one three hours after his first and only dose.

But I was also told that if I felt emotionally good when taking it I would not be a candidate for SSRI's if I were ever to be depressed. Why was not explained.

Good that you found something that works, good that you have a definitive diagnosis. Check out Oliver Sacks book "Migraine" which discusses all kinds of information about migraines as an neurologic process. Packed with information.

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Apparently, my doctor, whom I need to call, isn't so worried. He knows me pretty well after all these years, so that might be a factor.

side effects

You probably don't fall into one of the high-risk categories for that side effect.

One of the things about my doctor. He keeps up with journals. I know this because he's always bringing new studies up.

But then, he has to. He has a large AIDS practice, after all.

One of the reasons he likes me is that all I have is Type II diabetes and, now, migraines. Treatable. And I'm improving. Makes for a change, you know?

Re: Maxalt

I talked to my pharmacist about this after you gave me the same warning about imitrex. She said that at the current usual dosages it was only a significant concern if you had a pre-existing cardiovascular condition.

Your brother-in-law presumably inherited the family predisposition to hypertension. And given your multiple sensitivities I can certainly see why your doctor would be careful with you. But apparently this isn't a problem most of us have to worry about.

Migraines

I'm glad that you have a diagnosis now. Even if it doesn't make them go away, at least you know what's wrong. I hope that you don't have to use the medication that was prescribed for you... :)

Used it last night. It seemed to work.

So I'll tell the doctor today.

Reminds me of a mailing list I'm on where a member posted one day that 'wahoo, I've got ***'. Everyone was like 'uh... congratulations?'

But the thing was, she'd had symptoms that no one had correctly diagnosed ever since she was a child (she's now a married woman with a kid). She'd lose periods of time without realizing it, among other things. Because she didn't know what it was, she'd go through depression.

But now she had a diagnosis and knew what the treatment was.

Sometimes the not knowing is the worst part (like my vision problems back in November that they never did find the cause for)

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See, I was happier, I think, not knowing. Because I had a theory. And it was a good theory and a workable one and didn't imply a chronic condition.

It just happened to be *wrong*. *Sigh*.

At least I think the med works.