So, have had chronic neck pain for years (degeneration of vertebrae) that causes ever more frequent migraine headaches. Have tried, bupap, gabapentin, and latest mess with Lyrica. All were ineffective, all side effects unpleasant, particularly with Lyrica. Now doc wants me to try Keppra (epilepsy and seizure med) for the pain management. From reading the crap that patients who HAVE seizures / epilepsy put up with on this stuff, what's it going to be like for me?
I injured my neck in on July 7 1981 about 3:00 pm it's hurt every day since then. At one point the migraines started at exactly 5 minutes after 3:00 in the afternoon. The migraines were due to stress of being on a hard deadline too long combined with the neck injury. I have run the gauntlet of drug for preventing migraines and anti-seizure drugs for pain. You should find some that work to some degree. You may get really lucky and find one that doesn't have many side effects that controls you headaches and pain very well. But generally you end up in a Morton's fork trading side effects off for pain relief.
At 73 years old I take Topamax, Vimpat, Ibupropen, oxycontin, Elavil & meloxicam with Dexedrine to offset the drowsiness. Provigil would be better than Dexedrine but I can't take it. I didn't start out on near as many drugs they get added on as the pain worsens. The goal is to reduce the pain to a point it does't intrude on the way I live my life and I can still function.
Find a doctor you trust and one that trusts you and work through the drugs to prevent migraines and treat pain without opposites. Many are anti-seizure drugs. Look for the least effective dose and be happy with a level of pain that does't bother you. Don't expect the pain to go away.
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