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Why diet pills are not the answer (unless they cure your headache)

I’m glad my headache doctor opens at seven o’clock in the morning, because no one is awake to see me entering his office. I’m not ashamed to be seeing a neurologist, however he works in a large medical complex occupied mainly by another unrelated practice. That is the reason, and I swear the ONLY reason, I was entering a building Wednesday morning labeled, “St. Censored-For-My-Privacy’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center.” I feel paranoid visiting that complex, because I know if someone were to snap a photo of me entering the front door for the interwebs, I would be accused of being a big (skinny) fraud. I only have the most recent issue of Neurology Now with Morgan Fairchild on the cover that I stole from his office to prove where I really was.

I was at the doctor because all the IV treatments and medications we’ve tried lately haven’t done anything except make me poorer. I could have paid off my car by now with the money I’ve spent. So, we’re adjusting my medications again, which means I’m going off of Topamax. When I talked with my doctor about going on Topamax a month ago, it sounded worth a try.

“What are the possible side effects?” I asked him.

“Yadda, yadda, yadda, (stuff I don’t remember), and possible weight loss.”

“Sign me up!” I replied way faster than I should have.

I started taking the pills, slowly upping the dosage to the target level as recommended by the doctor, not really sure what to expect. I’ve never done drugs, never smoked pot, never even puffed a cigarette. My only forays into altered states of consciousness have been doctor approved pharmaceuticals. As the pills eventually took effect over the following weeks, I wasn’t as hungry in the evenings. I didn’t feel compelled to raid the cabinets for granola at 9 o’clock. It was like someone had turned off the crazy switch in my brain that I never realized I’d left on. Sadly, they weren’t doing anything for my headaches, but they were doing pretty well as diet pills.

And I totally hated them for it.

I didn’t want the pills to work like that because I DESPISE diet pills. I think they’re evil. When I decided to put ads on my site over a year ago, I decided not to place Google Adsense ads in the sidebar because they are context based. Google ads search the text of your page and target ads “relevant” to your content. Other health, fitness and weight-loss sites that have Google ads inevitably are sent ads for Hoodia, Phentermine, Alli and other products like that which I don’t believe in (as well as some other truly crazy ads for anorexia or bulmia). You can try to filter out ads like that with the Google tools, but the people I’ve talked to say they always get through anyway. I could make money if I put those ads on my site, but I don’t, because when it comes to this particular issue, I put my money where my mouth is. That is how much I hate diet pills. I don’t think you should take pills. I think you should eat well and exercise.

To complicate things further, although the Topamax was making it easier to eat less, it was also making me stupid. It’s nicknamed “Stupamax” and “Dopamax.” It made it harder to speak right, like someone had placed the English language on the top shelf where it was just out of my reach. I could still see it, but I had to stand on my tippy toes to grab words, and even then I was just knocking them over instead of grabbing them firmly. I just felt…dumb. I found myself unable to focus as well. It put a damper on my mood. The crazy switch was turned off, but the stupid switch was turned on.

So, I knew I had to go off of them. I don’t like to play with my brain chemistry unless necessary. And I hate being dumb. But I started thinking, “I might just go down to 25mg. That would be okay, right? I’ll cut the pills into quarters and they’ll last longer.” At which point I started to wonder if the crazy switch in my brain had really been turned off after all.

What I had really hoped was that the Topamax would cure my headaches, and then the appetite suppressant would be a convenient side effect. I could traipse around saying, “La, la, la! I take these pills for my HEADACHES. My headaches! Not because they make me thin. But wow, the thinness is nice, isn’t?” Not only would my life be pain-free again, it would be a little bit easier. I wouldn’t have to fight as hard – all the time. But instead it just made me dumber, a little thinner and more broke, because Topamax isn’t out in a cheaper generic form yet.

So, I’m going off of them and they will be out of my system just in time for my trip to San Francisco next week. That’s good timing, because I love eating when I travel. Vacation calories don’t count! The weird thing about the Topamax was I sort of missed being hungry. I missed eating too many ice cream sandwiches at 20 minutes until midnight and feeling pleasantly full. Food is one of life’s pleasures and I missed having my desire for it. Wanting food I know I shouldn’t have can be painful, but not wanting it at all is empty and lonely.

My experience with Tomapax has also slightly shifted my perspective on diet pills. Before, I viewed them as an all-out evil, equivalent to anthrax as a substance that should be eliminated from society. I still think diet pills are a stupid decision for the majority of people. They shouldn’t be used if you just want to drop 5 pounds for swimsuit season or some superficial crap like that. However, I’m now open to the idea of using them to treat people with serious compulsive eating problems. When I think of women who’ve written to me saying they can eat a gallon of ice cream with a box of Oreos and follow it with a bag of potato chips, I have to wonder if there is something wrong with their brain chemistry that allows them to do that. In those cases, taking a pill doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Now that I’ve experienced what it feels like to turn off the crazy switch, it makes me wonder if some of my own wiring isn’t a little off in that area.

However, I prefer being smart to being thin, so no more Stupamax for me. (But if it had cured my headache, I’d settle for some stupid. Who need brain? The dumb not so bad. Ouchies worse.)

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45 Comments

Suzy • July 11, 2008 at 8:07 am

Hi PQ. I wanted to thank you for making the very conscious decision to NOT have diet pill ads on your site. It has always bothered me that some of my favorite health and food sites have that garbage, and as someone in the middle of losing 100 pounds, there is a bit of temptation in those pills.

This particular post made me laugh… “who need brain” got an outright guffaw. When I was an undergraduate honors student, I stood up in front of the entire faculty to introduce myself. I said “Hi, my name is Suzy, and I am English major.” Realizing my mistake, I hunched my shoulders, and grunted out “Mmm, me English major…” Apparently forgetting an article wasn’t enough embarrassment for me.

Ah well. A MA and PhD in English later and I still can’t spell. :)

Happy healthy day to you!

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Marla • July 11, 2008 at 9:54 am

Man, I wish I had a prescription drug that I could blame stupidity on. The hell with the WL, that part is priceless.

Your last bit about diet pills for compulsive eating in very thought-provoking, as is the “switch” in the head. I’ve certainly heard of studies linking hormones, dopamines, seratonin, whatever, to appetite and satiety. And it makes me think of OCD, which is often treated successfully with drugs – is compulsive eating in any way similar to those compulsions? Hey, too bad I’m not a scientist and can’t answer any of these questions ;-)

Good luck with your headaches, I hope you find sustainable relief soon.

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Christine • July 11, 2008 at 10:11 am

I’ve been taking Topomax for about a year for my migraines, and the appetite suppressant part stopped after about two months. It took six weeks to build it up to 100 mg in my system anyway for it to work. I’m not surprised it didn’t help your headache because it’s a suppressant, not a cure, and if you already have a (24 hour) headache it ain’t gonna help.

Of course, as you know, it’s also for bi-polar disorder and seizures. So yeah, it bring the dumb.

As to that chemical switch, I stumbled upon an article about addiction and dopamine that was very provocative – and might explain ALL the reasons why some people are hungrier than others (including emotional eating). It also notes the natural “cure” is exercise, and a lot of it. So it’s not the burning of calories that necessarily help keep the weight off, it’s the boost in dopamine that squashes the urge to eat (and makes someone like you love to run, even though you might hate it a little too–sort of how a binger loves to eat, even though it might make them feel sick while they’re doing it).

http://psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-3571.html

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Dinah Soar • July 11, 2008 at 10:16 am

I used to take Sudafed round the clock (doctor’s orders) for a fluid in the ear problem due to allergies…the great side effect was it killed my appetite…the down side–taking it after 6 pm kept me awake at night…they affected me like caffeine.

I’ve always been opposed to diet pills too..and I admire you for not selling out your convictions..

Also, I do think as you, that perhaps there are some who would benefit from the appetite suppressing effect of medication. It’s not hard to “not eat” when you’re not stark raving crazy hungry.

Hunger stands in the way of eating less. We eat because we are hungry regardless of the reason we are hungry…minimize the hunger and the problem dissolves.

And..surely medication is safer than surgery?

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PastaQueen • July 11, 2008 at 10:52 am

Thanks for the interesting article. I’ve found that writing also gives me a high, just like running.

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victoria • July 11, 2008 at 10:54 am

I LOVE your site. Also, when you’re in SF? Please give Yank Sing a try. It is the best dim sum I’ve ever found, anywhere — and I’ve tried dim sum all over the place — New York, Vancouver, Seattle — and never found anything to compare. I used to work in SF and knew a guy who grew up in Hong Kong who thought Yank Sing was the best dim sum he’d ever had outside Hong Kong. (It is really, really hard not to overeat dim sum so I don’t even try. Also go with a group because you can try more dishes that way.)

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scone • July 11, 2008 at 11:07 am

I don’t know that anyone has “perfect” brain chemistry, any more than “perfect” bodies or “perfect” virtue. In any case, our brains are constantly swimming in a broth of glucose and naturally produced psychoactive chemicals, so adding a little more to the recipe doesn’t strike me as all that odd. And if it helps people lead more “normal” lives, then why not?

It’s interesting that Topomax turned off a switch for you, i.e. the must.have.carbs subroutine. Maybe that’s a clue to the headache. After all, Atkins is sometimes used to treat seizures. Just an idea.

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Stephanie • July 11, 2008 at 11:10 am

I have taken 75mg of Topomax every night for years to prevent migraines. It’s a migraine preventative (among other uses), so for current chronic headaches, you will likely be out of luck.

I also had the stupamax effects (including numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, but I was desperate to get rid of the migraines at that point, so I continued taking the Topomax), but those went away after a few weeks. As for weight -loss and loss of appetite, those never happened for me. According to my doctor, my dosage wasn’t high enough for me to experience those ‘happier’ side-effects.

Good luck finding something to get rid of that headache! I was telling someone a few weeks back that I have to stop and give a moment of thanks whenever I have a headache and/or migraine free day. I have gone weeks with pain at a time, so sometimes I took for granted what pain-free days were like – not anymore.

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Kalyn • July 11, 2008 at 11:25 am

Sorry to hear the headache is still bothering you, but very happy to hear that “vacation calories don’t count!” I try not to go completely crazy (still try to avoid sugar) but that’s my personal philosophy too. Looking forward to meeting you at last!

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Red • July 11, 2008 at 11:53 am

Well, hopefully the cure to your headache isn’t amphetamines.

Maybe medical marijuana is the next step? You certainly wouldn’t lose your appetite.

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deanna • July 11, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Vacation calories don’t count… YEAH!! Great minds think alike… Sorry to hear that you still have that pesty migrane. Hope it goes away and fast! I just stumbled upon this restaurant in NYC that has a private room: http://www.ilbastardonyc.com/media/ilbastardo.html

I am taking a client on 7/14 – a little hike from CBS but if interested, I can give you a report.

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Michelle • July 11, 2008 at 12:14 pm

So sorry you’re still struggling with that blasted headache. :(

The mental health pros I know call it “Dopamax” because of how dopey it makes people. I’m sure you’ll be glad to get it all out of your system.

Thanks, too, for the ethical advertising standards. :) It’s so easy to be tempted into justifying those snake oil purchases on really bad days. Not even having to look at them helps.

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Kyle • July 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm

I can eat a bag of oreos plus a gallon of ice cream washed down by a liter of Coke and I actually don’t think there’s anything wrong with my brain chemistry. I think I just like to eat. Mmmm, Oreos.

Anyways, so has there been on other progress on the headache front?

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PastaQueen • July 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm

I ate half a Dairy Queen cake on my birthday and really enjoyed it. But sometimes I’ll eat a lot when I come home from work and feel like I’m not totally in control. The second type of eating concerns me more than the first.

No progress on the headache front.

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Julie • July 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm

I am sorry about your headache from hell, as well. I hope you find relief from it soon. I agree with you that in some cases, the use of diet pills may be warranted. I have had problems with binge eating for years, and even though I’m finally losing weight “the old-fashioned way” I can see and understand the appeal of a pill. Science hasn’t unlocked all the mysteries of the brain yet. I loved your “ouchie” comment, by the way!

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cindy • July 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Sorry the Topomax didn’t work for you. They are still playing around w/ my meds too. I’ve been taken off Verapamil and am now on Metoprolol. Too bad it doesn’t make me funny, with lol in the name. I’ve gone on to straight narcotics for pain now, just to keep the pain at bay as they wait to see if the loldrug works. So far so/so. Good luck! :) I know it isn’t fun at all.

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Rah • July 11, 2008 at 4:17 pm

So sorry to hear about the headaches, PQ. I hope you soon find something that provides relief! And I add my thanks to you for not selling out to the drug people. A couple of years ago I took Topamax briefly. I have never, ever in my life felt so strange. I felt like I was an observer of myself–totally not involved in my own life, just watching it happen. I couldn’t think of words, couldn’t make simple associations from one event to another, and on and on. I only took it about 3 weeks because I hated the way I felt.

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cindy • July 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Hi PQ,

Great post. Good luck with your headache…keep fighting the fight. I also have avoided the whole diet pill issue. I am a bit of a control freak and I hate the idea of a tiny pill controlling me in any way, even a positive one. Also, I am stubborn as the day is long and if I do this thing, I-I-I do it and I do it alone. That said, I agree that for some people they might be worth trying. We are all different in our needs and make-up. But bully for you for not advertising. That way you’re not tempting someone—we know there are PLENTY of other ways for people to find out about diet pill options. Thanks for keeping us laughing while sharing such serious information.

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Fitness Clothing • July 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Anything except eating healthy and exercise doesn’t work.

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Charoulie • July 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm

PastaQueen,

I felt compelled to comment on how much I respect your personal integrity. I applaud your decision to advertise wisely. Keep moving forward on “the road less traveled!”

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Michelle • July 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm

I’m sorry your headaches aren’t going away. I recently went to an ENT today for severe ear pain…turns out it’s my TMJ acting up. I did some reading up on it, and quite a few people said in the community on webmd that once they did some of the TMJ treatments, their migranes either went away, or greatly reduced in severity…and I thought of you.

Regarding diet pills, I’ve tried them, and of course, once you go off, the weight comes right back. But…they never really changed my craving for food. Weird. Anyway, about 2 years ago, I had knee surgery, and I took Demerol for about 2 weeks afterwards. I dropped 15 lbs in those 2 weeks…I simply had no desire to eat. My mom would make me 2 pieces of toast and I’d yell at her…”I can’t eat that! It’s too much food!” I even, for the FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, forgot to eat a few meals. I couldn’t believe that I was actually one of those people, even for a short period of time, that forgot to eat. I loved it. But of course, I didn’t like being stoned and decided not to develop a prescription drug habit. And of course, the 15 lbs came right back. I miss thinking I couldn’t possibly eat 2 pieces of dry toast.

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Diana Clmeens • July 11, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Jennette – you are hysterical! I loved this post. I agree, I’d rather be fat than stupid. You can fix fat, but you can’t fix stupid. Several friends I know and ladies on the WW 200+ board have bought your book and read it, and everyone loved it!

I’m now down 60 pounds, 44 more to go to lose my 104 pounds. You’re truly an inspiration for me. Thank you so much for your book and especially this blog.

I think I love you! :)

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past.girl • July 12, 2008 at 12:55 am

I’ve been on topamax for migraines since the end of May and it’s been a weird ride. I’m an academic and so I sort of need my brain to work but the headaches were becoming really debilitating. So since I’m an academic the summer is also a good time to experiment (no teaching). It has only been in the last week or so that most of the side effects have dissipated. I’ve been traveling so I haven’t been on a scale but I have had decreased appetite – which has been both interesting and rather welcome. I’ve wondered if this is how people without food issues typically exist. I take 50mg in the morning, 25 at night. The jury is still out as to whether or not I’ll stay on the drug. If things stay as normal feeling as they’ve been I probably will… My headaches are triggered by big shifts in barometric pressure and when I was back home in Tampa the topamax made a difference in the intensity of my headaches even at a lower dose…

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AG • July 12, 2008 at 1:06 am

I’m sooooo glad you wrote this entry. My first instinct is to salivate at the idea of taking a pill to do the hard work. But it’s just not that FRICKIN’ easy is it? Think I would have just needed to land in the hospital once with rapid heartbeat to know that ‘eh???

YOU ROCK!

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Arleigh • July 12, 2008 at 4:32 am

Hi, I am an EEG (Neurofeedback) practitioner, and EEG works for migraines and other headaches. It is a way to train your brain to not make the wave-form pattern associated with migraines. Think of it as biofeedback training for your brain. Here is a ‘you-tube’ about neurofeedback in general.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6XeCwFQrCA

It is non-invasive, doesn’t involve drugs, and is like learning to ride a bike- once you learn, you don’t forget.

Good luck to you- I found your blog today and have enjoyed it.

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Michelle • July 12, 2008 at 9:20 am

Let’s hope you’ll come upon something soon that will stop the madness. A constant headache would make me crazy. I get them pretty bad sometimes and at about day 3 I’m wanting to run over deer! Hang in there!!

Michelle

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Drgnfly423 • July 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I’ve never commented before, but have been a reader for a long time, so “hi”!

I have been taking Topamax since March of this year for chronic Migraines. At first they worked me up to 100mg over a 4 week period. The adjustment period at first was almost unbearable. I felt so dizzy, disoriented, and stupid, like you were saying. Trying to grasp for words buy couldn’t quite get them. I still have moments where I can’t think of a word, but for the most part that is gone. They did have to bump me up to 150mg about a month ago. I noticed my appetite is returning now that I feel like exercising again, though.

I’m sorry that it didn’t work for you. It has been a miracle for me. I’m thankful every day that I don’t have a migraine. I still get headaches, but I can function. I hope you find something that works for you soon!

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Sally Parrott Ashbrook • July 12, 2008 at 6:33 pm

PQ, I’ve refrained from saying this till now because I didn’t want to be adding to the million-thing-long list of suggested ailments. However, as you have not found the underlying cause and are still suffering, I’m wondering if you’ve had the blood test for food allergies. Both my best friend and I discovered that latent food allergies were the cause of migraines that we were getting. For me, I was scared I had a brain tumor because the headaches came up so suddenly a couple of years ago and were so severe. The skin test won’t work for latent food allergies, which are food allergies that exist once a person’s body has processed the food. A person might have low-level or nearly non-existent immediate reactions to foods but have terrible latent food allergies that cause a variety of symptoms. For me, finding that I had numerous food allergies led me to be tested for celiac disease—first for the narrowest definition of it (using my insurance–which came back negative, though many doctors told me the test was useless) and then out-of-pocket for a broader definition test at enterolab.com. (That one came back positive and put me on a clear path to avoiding all gluten and cow dairy very carefully.) Some doctors are skeptical about how common it is for adults to develop food allergies, but having had the test, seen the results of the test, and seen the improvements in my life with avoidance of certain foods—and now watching some of my friends get tested as they see themselves mirrored in my experiences—has been affirming of the whole thing for me.

It’s entirely probable that’s not the cause for you, but it seems like it might not hurt to rule it out or in. (And just to reiterate, you have to get the blood test specifically for latent food allergies if you decide to do it; the skin test won’t work, and the basic blood test for immediate allergies—which are more common in children, anyway—won’t work. I had to do a lot of research on my own to get a clear idea of all this, because the literature can be confusing.)

If you would like to have a conversation about this, just email me. :)

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Anonymous Boxer • July 13, 2008 at 1:36 am

Acupuncture?

Consider it.

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Israel • July 13, 2008 at 2:24 am

diet pills dont usually work for me. I havent tried them in a while, but from experience they just dont. they leave me starving and way too energized, to the point where i cant sleep.

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K • July 13, 2008 at 11:09 am

My husband’s antidepressants caused him to have similar “stupamax” symptoms (losing words, etc), among others, and he came off them too. Sometimes you DO need your brain!

I have never been on any medication with side-effects, but I have problems focusing on tasks for other reasons… so I can very much understand choosing not to take something that made focusing harder.

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Kyle • July 13, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Yeah, out of control eating isn’t good. I have it monthly on the 2nd week of my pill where I just stuff my face and stuff my face some more and can’t stop. The hormonal stuff kills me. So I know what you mean.

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asithi • July 14, 2008 at 2:00 am

I have the same problem for about three days out of a month where I need to have a candy bar. And I feel no guilt about eating it too. I figure if I am eating good or ok the rest of the time, when I really need the sugar boost, then I should be able to eat it free of guilt.

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asithi • July 14, 2008 at 2:10 am

People often thinks it hurts to have those small needles inserted into your skin, but it really doesn’t. It is many times smaller than the needles at the doctors office. It feels more like a bug bite, you have a sensation on your skin, but nothing that painful. It might be worth a try and certainly cheaper than the amount you have spent so far.

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jane • July 14, 2008 at 12:11 pm

I hope “stealing” the magazine was an accident. Otherwise it’s kind of sucky.

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PastaQueen • July 14, 2008 at 1:08 pm

They had about 20 of them lying around the office. They’re meant for patients to take home. I suspect they’re put together by drug companies to help sell their pills.

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jane • July 14, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Great – glad to hear that you didn’t steal it then. I hope you feel better soon.

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Laura N • July 14, 2008 at 2:43 pm

I too want to applaud you for skipping the Google ads. They drive me nuts on other sites–seeing diet pills/concoctions/crazy schemes next to a post about healthy living.

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Kate • July 14, 2008 at 6:56 pm

There is actually a documented condition called Binge Eating disorder that is classified along with Bulimia, Anorexia, etc. It’s basically Bulimia with out the purging afterward. The wikipedia article is pretty good:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binge_eating_disorder

After getting diagnosed with it and trying prozac for a month, my dr. put me on Strattera which is an ADHD medication but used successfully in some clinical trials for BED treatment.

Prior to the Strattera I used to refer to going on a diet as “flipping the crazy switch” because the second I started thinking about it I would suddenly HAVE. TO. EAT. Now I have this odd detachment towards food – I still get hungry, and I still eat, but the crazy switch has been duct-taped into the “off” position.

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Arbie88 • July 15, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I’ve been taking Topomax since September for Migraines. It has been my life saver. I’m not surprised it didn’t work in a month for a long term chronic HA. It took a few months to really kick in, and at least 6 weeks for the dumb effect to wear off. But after 3-4 migraines a week, I was willing to fight through the side effects. And it did help kick start my 40 pound weight loss. But I have to agree about the diet pill thing. It was just a pleasant side effect that was a reward for putting up with the dumbing effects it had ;-)

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Sol • July 15, 2008 at 5:18 pm

I tried diet pills once when that metabaslim garbage hit the market. Maybe the placebo effect helped for a week, but it also made me in a bad mood constantly. Maybe that was the diet.

I just finished your book. Wonderful. I humbly started my own weight-loss journey last week right before I picked it up. Today, I even more humbly began my own weight-loss blog. For what it’s worth: http://www.gettinglow.blogspot.com

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sarah • July 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm

I like to call it Dopamax since that is what it did to me for 2 1/2 years. Sure it helped me stay “sane” and yeah it helped with weight loss but it changed me. And yes, it gave me a headache in the beginning.

Drugs stink.

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Cynthia • July 24, 2008 at 8:19 pm

I guess my question is how many people actually eat a gallon of ice cream, box of oreos and a bag of chips out of true physical hunger? Not that I haven’t done similar things, but it wasn’t because of physical hunger, it was emotional eating or eating to escape from boredom at best. I have doubts as to whether a pill would truly help with this kind of eating.

Anyway, if the pills didn’t work for you, it may be for the best. I’m not a big believer in pills. Some work, but may cause other problems. Maybe I just don’t trust drug companies any too far.

Thanks for not dumping the diet pill ads on us!

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Sara • July 26, 2008 at 11:27 pm

I wish my migraine medication surpressed appetite!

I love your blog. I’ve been reading the archives, and several of your posts really hit the nail on the head for me.

I know you have explored a bazillion options for your chronic headaches. I’d like to butt in uninvited and suggest one more. Pain management specialist. Their focus is on finding ways to, obviously, manage the pain, while your other doctors work on the cause.

Good luck with that. As a frequent migraine sufferer, I have a dim understanding of what you’re going through. I myself have explored tons of options to relieve my own headaches, from medication to vitamins to aromatherapy to neck stretches (my neurologist tells me 90% of headaches come from the neck.)

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Jonna • March 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Oh, I can totally relate to your issues with Topamax. I took it for nearly 4 years as an anti-seizure medication, and at first I was thrilled with the weight loss as well. But it did not control my seizures as well as we’d hoped, and when I my brain kept skipping like a scratched record, my neurologist & I moved on. To Keppra. Which had it’s own set of horrid side effects.

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