5 thoughts on “Forgetting Hard-Learned Lessons About Meds

  • February 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I’m sorry you are dealing with so many simultaneous issues. The scientific method when applied to real life – unquantifiable and innumerable confounders, sometimes can’t be done a la lab settings. I think you’re doing admirably.

    A point of clarification: your migraine drugs are psychotropics. There really isn’t any distinction between your “migraine” meds and your “psychiatric” meds. They all have cognitive, mood, attention and activation parameters in the CNS.

    • February 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. You’re right that the “migraine” meds and the “psychiatric” meds are both psychotropics – at least when we’re talking about Topamax. I don’t think the other drugs I take for migraine – Indocin, an NSAID, and propranolol, a beta-blocker, not to mention the triptans and anti-nausea drugs, would be classified as such (yep, I take a lot of meds – wish it weren’t so).

  • February 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    But why aren’t your doctors thinking more like scientists?

    • February 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      I’m not sure. However, I think I bear as much responsibility for failing to speak up and suggest that perhaps we should just make one change at a time. Without boring you with too many details, I’ve been having near-daily migraines, and some of those headaches are causing short, though very severe depressive episodes. I think both my neurologist and my psychiatrist are concerned and don’t want to drag their feet. They want to make sure I can stop the headaches in their tracks when they are bad, but that I also start taking drugs to prevent the migraines in the first place. And they also want to rejigger my antidepressants to improve my mood. So it’s complicated.

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