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Side Effect - Ever since July of 2012 I have been getting really bad tension headaches. I know for a
Added 8 Oct 2012:
Ever since July of 2012 I have been getting really bad tension headaches. I know for a fact they are stress related due to my job i have an extremely stressfull job that i started in Feb of 2012. I have tried acupuncture, chiropractur, naproxin, all over the counter drugs, tramadrol, getting glasses thinking that would help - getting my desk raised - trying to "de stress" myself....i am already a very ..... high strung person. Anyway i tried everything and finally i thought screw it i need to try a medication. so im trying Topomax or amitriptyline im trying topomax first only becuase amitriptyline has weight gain as a side effect and i have a hisotry of eating disorder so didnt want to gain weight and then fall into that pattern of anorexia again. so i knwo i have read about all the reviews about topomax and have TOTALLY psyched myself out - tingling of hands and feet - memory crap weight loss etc. the only thing recently that would keep me from having headaches is taking Bayer for headaches (500 mg per pill) and i was taking 2-4 pills a day (1000-2000 mg a day) and i didnt want to get dependant on asprin so when i started taking the topomax (this is my 2nd day) started taking it at night at 25 mg i went down to taking 500 MG of this other aspring regimen to try to ween off of the asprin which im sure doenst help the headaches but since ive been on the topomax and been taking less asprin ive been waking up with headahes the past 2 days and of course i have been kidna sleepy during the day (i know that is a side effect being sleepy and knda out of it starting the medicine) and tingling in the hands and feet - felt that already doesnt bug me all that much - i wanted to ask people who have tried this....is it normal to still get headaches when starting on topmoax? and how long does it take for topomax to start working on your headaches? a week 2 weeks 2 months kinda thing? im an extremely impatient person so that doesnt help - ive also been very emotional in the first two days taking it - ive always been emotional about the headaches but get even worse when i take a new mediciation for it and it doesnt start working right away :( so yes how long per experience does it take for the topomax to start working for people who take it for tension headaches? how long does it take for the side effects of drowsiness to go away? and is it normal to have headaches that may be a little worse at the beggining of starting it? Thank you so much for anyone who gives any input and sorry for all the spelling errors im at work and typing fast lol
Added 8 Oct 2012:
ALSO how long does it take for the drowsiness of this medicine to go away? i have now been on it for 4 days and i am SO SO SO sleepy!!! i dont like this zombie like feeling - i have stopped taking asprin for the past 2 days and am taking this tension headhache mediciation now instead since im trying to week off the asprin - but i take the topomax at 830 at night and i get up okay in the morning but i feel in a a fog until around 2-3 in the afternoon maybe even later its horrible!!! i mean i wanst that much of an acitve person before since i was having headaches all the time so i would come straight home to sleep on the couch since my head hurt so bad but i dont like having this hung over feeling the headache isnt AS bad but im paranoid about going up to the 50 MG which im sure will help make the headaches better??? but will make the drowsiness worse - just worried if the 25 mg is making me this drowsy at such a low dose already or if its normal to be like this? and ive only been on it since Wednesday night (October 3rd) also when I take it at 830 at night i get kinda sleep the first half hour i take it but then i wake back up like an ahour after that so dont know if i should take it earlier in the day so maybe it wont affect me so much the next day? IDK Im confused and frustrated lol just want the headaches to go away :( any opinions from anyone that has been on this stuff would be greatly appreciated :)
8 Oct 2012
WOW, your post sounds exactly like my life!!! I've tried all of it. I stayed sleepy with Topamax and after a week I started being really snappy and having anxiety so I quit. I've had my tension headaches longer. I cannot stand medicines that make me sleepy so Tramadol is what I've stuck with, I stop it for a bit deal with the headaches using Excedrin (way too many a day) and start again. Good luck and any info you find would be a great help to me tooo!
8 Oct 2012
I used to get horrible tension headaches, but I never took topamax for them. The only thing I ever heard of taking that for was migraines. I had physical therapy on my neck and shoulders for 3 weeks, during which time he taught me a few things that have almost totally gotten rid of the headaches. Do exercises that stretch your neck and shoulder muscles, daily and whenever you feel them getting tight. Use heat to relax the muscles. Its not your head that is the cause, its the muscles in your neck and shoulders tightening and pulling the muscles around your head tight. If you do get a bad headache, use ice on your neck, straight ice, no cover and use it to massage up and down on the neck muscles until its numb. I keep a paper cup with a popsicle stick, full of water in the freezer, then if I get a bad headache I tear off the paper cup and massage my neck. I haven't needed it lately because the neck stretching is so helpful.
Your morning headaches are probably rebound from the aspirin, however I found certain pillows made a difference. I had to keep my head in alighnment with my body, not higher.
8 Oct 2012
Hi Cherrie, so sorry to hear that you are suffering from so many headaches. They stink!! A few points though.
First, if you are taking that much aspirin daily, you are getting rebound headaches, which the only way to cure them is by stopping all analgesics and biting the bullet for about two weeks, because the headaches are going to get worse before they get better!! The reason the headaches are getting worse right now is because you have cut down on the aspirin. Such is the beast of rebound headaches. I can tell that you don't like medication, and are very uptight about taking some. I can't say that I blame you, yet you do take aspirin, which is just as damaging (especially at the amounts you take), as any prescription medication. IF you looked up side effects from aspirin, you would be very upset, and in today's climate, aspirin would have never been approved for OTC use. Even if you change from aspirin to acetaminophen or naproxen sodium, you are still going to get the rebound headaches, and unfortunately there is only ONE solution to that problem. Stop all analgesics. Your liver will thank you also. I suffer from daily migraines, which are headaches times 1,000,000!! They involve your entire nervous system, not just the head, so I deal with vomiting, light sensitivity, hearing sensitivity, smelling sensitivity..etc. IT is not pleasant, so I understand where you are coming from. If I were you, I would try meditation, massage, acupuncture, esp. in those few weeks where your body is rebounding from the pain meds. Ice around your neck does wonders, but you are going to have to go through this to stop the headaches. The topamax is not going to help the headaches as they from tension, not migraines, and taking an anti seizure medication is for nerve pain, not muscle pain. I don't understand why your doctor prescribed that med, unless you actually do suffer from migraines. Even if you do have migraines, (and then topamax is the first drug of choice), you are STILL getting rebounds from the aspirin. Sorry to tell you this, but you have to stop the aspirin. I'm surprised that your doctor didn't tell you this.
Best wishes to you, and I truly hope that you find peace within yourself, and control the headaches.
9 Oct 2012
I wonder if you have ever been tested for allergies? Sometimes allergies can bring on headaches that make you want to pound your head agaist a wall! It could possible be something at your job that could be setting off an allergic reaction in you too. Seems you have tried about everything. Topomax is for migraines, but with my allergy headaches a couple of excedrins & cup of coffee work great. Of course I also take allergy meds. Certain things will set off a headaches in me depending on what I am exposed to that I may be allergic to. Might be a thought. Could be dust, or the carpet or anything...
10 Oct 2012
There are many different ways to treat migraines. There are other daily preventative migraine medications that you could try instead of the Topomax. I myself couldn't stand any of the different daily meds until my doctor told me about Petadolex, an herbal medication, that has been proven to reduce migraines by 72% and it does NOT have impurities that other herbals have. I've had absolutely no side effects from it, where as I have problems with many many medications.
Also the physical therapy that someone else mentioned also helped me. If you have any neck or shoulder tightness, that would certainly help you. Also nerve block or trigger point injections helped me.
Also Botox injections can last for months to help migraines. They are indicated for those who are not helped or cannot tolerate the daily preventative medications.
I would advise against something like Tramadol or any other abortive pain medication, unless you don't use it more than 2 times a week. Otherwise you are likely to get rebound headaches which all your aspirin would have caused.
Hope this help you. Ask me any questions that you may have.
- Topamax Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Topamax (detailed)
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