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.


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.


    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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