Ani and Migraines

Ani has gotten occasional really bad headaches since she was little. In February she started having headaches pretty much daily. They seriously were interfering with her ability to be a normal kid, so we took her to Urgent Care where they diagnosed her with migraines, gave her a medication to knock her out, and said to see her regular doctor. We saw her regular doctor who agreed with the migraine diagnosis and said to see a neurologist.

At that point we were getting ready to leave for a month in Ireland followed soon after by a nearly 2,000 mile move so we decided to wait until after the move to go to a neurologist. We got here and Ani saw her new regular doctor who agreed that she has migraines and referred us to a very awesome neurologist.

Last Thursday Ani saw the neurologist. He started practicing in 1965! He truly loves being a doctor and has a fabulous bedside manner. He also agreed that she has migraines. And so now we have a game plan on how to deal with these things.

For 10 days, Ani is taking 4 Aleve a day (2 in the morning and 2 at night). For 5 days she is taking one Topamax at night. Tomorrow she will increase the dosage to one in the morning and one at night. 5 days later she will increase to one in the morning and two at night. That’s the dosage where she will stay for now.

After she’s been on the Topamax for a month, we’ll go back and see the neurologist. Hopefully by then she will have some days with little to no headache. If she does, she’ll keep on with the Topamax and add a medication for when she starts feeling a migraine coming on. If she doesn’t, we’ll have to put her in the hospital for a couple days to have an IV medication administered. We just really need to stop the daily migraines.

So far, since she’s started the Aleve and Topamax, she’s having more time with little to no migraine than time with a bad headache, so I am hopeful that this will work. Since Ani’s starting public school in 6 weeks, being able to concentrate without a break being possible and to not be in pain is extremely important.

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