Depakote

The last time I was at Johns Hopkins, I got a prescription for Depakote. My neurologist had mentioned it to me before, but the side effects sort of made me not want to take it. So I have had this drug, just sitting in the bottle on my dresser. I look at it everyday when I take my other medications.

So far my other medications haven’t made a significant change in my pain level. But I am terrified to take the Depakote. The side effects he mostly pitched to me were weight gain, hair loss, and acne. Now I already have acne, and it seems to be mostly under control for the moment. Earlier this year I had a really bad bout of cystic acne which sort of faded away into this more manageable version which can be covered by makeup as long as I don’t mess with my face. I don’t want to gain weight or lose my hair either!

But then there’s the possibility of being migraine free. Of course I can always stop the drug once I notice a bad side effect. But what if I don’t notice until it’s too late? I don’t keep track of my weight all the time, and I know it sort of fluctuates. But I don’t want to get to the point where my pants aren’t fitting anymore! And I love my hair, I don’t know what I would do it more of it falls out than what already does. And the acne, I don’t know if I can go down that road.

For now, the Depakote will sit on the dresser, taunting me every morning and every night.

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2 thoughts on “Depakote

  1. I identify with so many of your entries. Jason Rosenberg was my doctor for 7 years. I’m so sad to see him go. I have type 2 trigeminal neuralgia, occipital neuralgia, and chronic migraines. He’s guided me through many outpatient and inpatient DHE treatments and multiple surgeries. The strange feeling you got during the DHE might be a reaction to the Reglan. It makes me jittery. I currently take Depakote and think it works. Effexor was helpful for awhile. Wishing you the best. I’m in pain all the time also, but work full time and enjoy a full life most days. Keep your mind full of thoughts of the good things in your life and your body rested enough to fight the good fight.

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment! I am still in the process of finding another neurologist. I am strongly considering the depakote more now. Have you noticed any undesirable side effects from it? I know a little bit about trigeminal neuralgia, and it is ROUGH. I am so glad you have found things that work for you. I will follow your good example and think positive & enjoy what I can šŸ™‚

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