Keppra for migraine headaches

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now and we havnt noticed any sideffects like that from her maybe its time for a med change and also my neice went and got her eeg a couple of weeks ago and they didnt see any seizure activity anymore and took her off the meds and i am28 and just been daignosed with seizures and my neuro tried to put me on keppra and i got home and researched on the net and there where to many sideffects that i just couldnt fathem dealing with so i told him i didnt want to take it and then he put me on topamax w
I have had moderate to severe daily headaches with migraines for 10 years or so. I had Arnold Chiari Malformation cranial decompression surgery in 2001-and I had NO headaches for 2 years-not even a little nagging one. Then about 4 years ago I began having migraines again. I would get an aura (blurred vision-almost like a film comes over my eye-it lasts just a few seconds but continue to come and go) we tried all of the abortive meds-Imitrex pills, sprays, injections, Maxalt, Zomig, etc.
Hi. I was actually frightened and relieved at the same time to see other posts regarding this. I am female age 30. I have had "complicated migraines" for about three years now. I too have had a gazillion tests done including but not limited to MRI.MRA, bloodwork, etc. I get lightening bolts and aura about 30 min or so preceeding my "attacks". I too exerience left side numbness to the point I cannot move.
More frequent doses of the naproxen can precipitate rebound headaches, which are very hard to treat. You also mentioned Amitriptyline (generic for Elavil) 75mg (a large dose for headaches) QHS (given at bedtime) PRN (as needed) this medication should NOT be given as needed. This medication needs to be given every day and the preventative effect on headaches usually only becomes apparent after 3-4 weeks of taking the medication daily.
I have tried propanolol, which did nothing for me. Ditto for topamax--just made me dizzy, couldn't tolerate it for more than 1 day. Haven't tried antidepressants yet because Elavil, which the doctor recommended, can cause heart rhythm problems if you get premature ventricular contractions (skipped heartbeats). I have fioricet for pain relief, but it barely works. I'm going to a Chinese accupuncturist in 3 days, and will report back on this.
Hi, Basilar migraine is a complicated migraine presentation which is almost difficult to dissociate from strokes ( especially the transient ischemic attacks) and seizures. Its diagnosis follows a criteria .Basilar migraine is a strong differential here but at this point the definite cause of your condition is still to be ascertained. For one , a brain lesion has been shown in one of your scans.
He is physically active in sports. He has been having devastating headaches for the last two years. He has been seeing a neurologist since 12/2006. However he continues to have these headaches atleast 2 times a week. When he has a headache he becomes very pale, he sits in the shower for 30 minutes then goes to bed. He usually sleeps until the next morning. This is very disruptive to his life. He has been taking medications for migraines.
Which came first, the headaches or the seizures? Have you ever been diagnosed with migraine headaches before your surgeries and all the medications? It is best to have this assessed objectively. A cranial CT scan or MRI may be able to determine if there is an organic or structural cause for this. Also, an EEG has to establish if a true seizure is present. Medications, metabolic and hormonal imbalance , nutrient and mineral deficiencies may present with seizure and headaches.
There is no doubting that I have daily migraines and that most of them are silent migraines. I don't know what the other kind of migraine is. I also get other headaches, because I definitely get migraines combined with tension headaches.
Sleep apnea also good. Changed my meds. gave Keppra for a preventive for headaches and Axert for when I feel a migraine coming on. I have gained 25 lbs since Jan!!!! What the H E L L !!!! When all this first started, my GP put me on predisone for weeks. I figured that was the weight gain. Then, I guess from lack of activity, gained more. Can you imagine, I am 5'2 and weigh 190 pounds.................geshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Botox injections did not work for me and I'm about to the point that Imitrex injections do not work well either. I generally have a migraine for weeks before I get any relief. Before the surgery I also had tried IV migraine therapy which consists of a cocktail of drugs delivered through a vein (can take up to 2 hours). I take 90 mg of Cymbalta as a preventative and 800 mg of magnesium per day. Good luck to you!
I'm currently receiving PT and chiro for my chronic head pressure and forehead tightness due to diagnosed "Cervical facet syndrome." I was diagnosed by a Neuro MD at an academic hospital. I have constant tightness and pressure "tension headache" but no pain per se. Nothing has helped and in addition to the physical tight/pressure sensation, I have other debilitating Neuro symptoms from this condition that make me feel drunk or hungover. I'm not having much success.
I've read around about other people using topomax for pain. I will most likely remain on seizures meds for the rest of my years (I'm 31) despite the brain surgery (my epilepsy was refractory for many years), due to the auras I still have. I know anticonvulsants quite well...in the epilepsy community, we refer to them as "necessary poisons." Topomax can cause multiple unpleasant side effects. Despite all that, do you feel it helps you with pain?
The doctor also gave me Midrin to take for severe migraines. After my first migraine, I began hallucinating and feeling things crawl on me so she took me off of that, so now I have no medicine to take when I have migraines because I am also severely allergic to asprin. I will be having surgery in November though so I can wait a little while.
I then weaned off the Depakote and went on to 1500 mg of Keppra and 100 Mg of Seraquel and went off of the Trazadone as Dr. Aurora said Trazadone causes headaches. She also said try EMDR therapy. We did 2 Keppra infusions and it brought my headache twice down from a 10 to a 6. Then I still went back up to a 10 and I was told to go to the ER by the Swedish clinic. I went to the Swedish ER. They gave me a Keppra infusion, Benadryl, and Toradol.
I then weaned off the Depakote and went on to 1500 mg of Keppra and 100 Mg of Seraquel and went off of the Trazadone as Dr. Aurora said Trazadone causes headaches. She also said try EMDR therapy. We did 2 Keppra infusions and it brought my headache twice down from a 10 to a 6. Then I still went back up to a 10 and I was told to go to the ER by the Swedish clinic. I went to the Swedish ER. They gave me a Keppra infusion, Benadryl, and Toradol.
I also take keppra and ketoprofin. i might have a cycle of bad headaches for a few days or so, but not usually this long. It is driving me nuts.. emotionally.
Went to EL and they quickly chalked it up to a painless migraine. Which I have never had a migraine before and I don't get headaches unless I'm sick. They gave me a shot of halidol and benadryl and sent me on my way. Went to regular Dr who did a full blood work because I was still having numbness but it was spreading to the right side. Blurred vision, would lose my train of thought quickly. All blood work came back normal. They ruled out stroke.
Are there any preventive medications out there for migraines/headaches that a person with low blood pressure who is on a SSRI can take? I cannot take the commonly prescribed preventive medications (antihypertensives, ace inhibitors, Angiotensin II Inhibitors, beta blockers, tricyclic/MAOI antidepressants, etc.) because of my hypotension and SSRI usage. Any suggestions?
Hi, Just to alay your worries I get migranies, and searing headaches everyday. Just like you, I've got JME, I reckon it's def connected with the epilepsy just going to check with my doc to make sure though, as i forgot to ask my neuro when i saw her last. I think it's my age (34) and the hormone's that are making my head worse as the headaches, migranes & epilepsy have been so much worse for me over the last 5 years.
This year I have started to get a lot of visuals, double vision, vertigo that comes on suddenly and I fall, part of my vision was black out for about 30 seconds and flying yellow lights in addition to the migraine headaches. So, now they have put me on Cyproheptadine, and that didn't cut out the vertigo, then amitriptilyne and so far I gained a couple of pounds and have some trouble with short term memory but I the number of migraine headaches is the same but I don't know about the vertigo yet.
I am having a lot of anxiety for my upcoming appointments to get off of this medicine that has COMPLETELY taken over my life- I just kind of want to talk or get some input as to what to expect. My biggest fear is that the addiction specialist / internist is not knowledgeable with this class of drug (barbituates) - but she must, right?!!!!!! Just myself being pessimistic. I know I'm doing the right thing! My health is highly being jeopardized as well as having a LIFE!
The only thing you have to be careful about dose wise when using Imitrex is that you only ever take as much as your doctor has prescribed for you, and you never take more than 2 doses in a 24 hour period unless specifically instructed to by a doctor or if you are administered those doses in a hospital setting and that you never take more than 2 doses for the SAME migraine. Otherwise, please take the Imitrex when you are in pain, you have nothing to worry about addiction wise.
I am on two meds now and they work like a charm. I did take Lamictal but that didn't work for me. Now I am on Keppra and Dilatin. They work for me but you never know if it will work for you.
Some patients get migraine like headaches with trigeminal neuralgia. If it is not trigeminal neuralgia, such symptoms can be seen with cluster headaches. Have you been taking any anticonvulsant medication ? Carbamazepine (Tegretol) is a particularly useful one. But there are others also. Trigeminal Neuralgia may take a long time to be controlled.
My doc changed my migraine meds to KEPPRA for preventive and ATEX to take at the onset of headache. I dont find it to work too well. I was on ESGIC PLUS for years and it worked. Of course if I caught it in time. Tonight I am still not feeling well. Pain in the neck, behind ear, dizzy and nausas. I'm so tired of feeling bad. Of course the doc office did not call me back today! If I'm not feeling better tomorrow, I'm gonna call and raise cane!! Thanks to everyone for caring!
The h/a description fits migraine fairly well, although men can be more likely than women to get severe headaches called cluster headaches. Studies have shown, I heard on tv that people with cluster headaches have a different shaped hypothalamus gland. Have they taken an MRI of the pituitary? This scan is different than the brain MRI, which is more general.
We have been eliminating one thing at a time. Right Now I am on Keppra 1000mgs a day for the mild seizures seems to help with essintial tremors and some of the myoclonic jerks. Lunesta and Ambian to sleep, margesic for headaches, and Paxil for anxiety. I am tired and need help If You have any suggestions on anything it would be greatly appreciated. I would just like an answer to my problems.
which are painful to touch they are close to the spine area. does that dx sound right to you. i am currently on keppra 1000mg a day and imitrex for the headaches and amitriptyline 50 mg at night to help me sleep cuz i have trouble sleeping at night. again thank you for your time.
The symptoms and story that you describe are not specific for any single disorder, but are most consistent with Migraine headaches with associated dizziness. Migraine headaches are classically described as pounding/throbbing headaches with sensitivity to lights, sensitivity to sound, exacerbation with movement and nausea/vomiting. However, there are many different expressions, auras and prodromes that can be associated with migraine.
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