Thursday, June 23, 2011

Migraine Prevention: Side Effects Frustration


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Trying to find the right preventive medication for chronic migraine is a complicated, often frustrating, prospect. After trying somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-30 medications in the eight years I've had chronic migraines, I started yet another new medication called Savella this spring.

Savella is not FDA approved for migraine prevention, but some doctors think it might help with migraine prevention the same way it helps with fibromyalgia. At first I thought this new medication was going to be a great fit for me. Although there was no real change in the frequency or intensity of my migraines, I noticed I was feeling more energetic and less moody. I wasn't needing as many naps to make it through the day and even though I was in a similar amount of pain, I was able to do a bit more around the house, such as cooking dinner more often, and engage in my favorite hobbies more frequently, such as reading.

Unfortunately Savella has turned out to be a less than ideal for me. It turns out Savella has been making my otherwise healthy blood pressure sky high. Like, in danger of having a stroke, high.

I was so bummed out when I realized I'd have to back way off the Savella dose and maybe even stop taking it altogether. It has been so rare for me to find any preventive medication that offers me even a slightly better quality of life or increased stamina. And now because of some rare side effect I have to go off it and lose all the gains I was enjoying so much. It's frustrating. Once again it's back to the drawing board for me.

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