Chronic Migraine, Meds & Supplements, Treatment, Triggers

Ritalin Three Weeks In: A Turbulent Relationship

Like so often happens with love at first sight, the spark I initially felt with Ritalin has faded. That first week, I had energy and a clear head even when I had a migraine. Week two began with a five-day migraine full of fatigue and head fog. Since that attack let up, I’ve had intermittent… Continue reading Ritalin Three Weeks In: A Turbulent Relationship

Chronic Migraine, Meds & Supplements, Treatment

Ritalin Side Effects

With my lighthearted approach toward Ritalin, I fear I’ve diminished the fact that it is a a real drug with potentially serious side effects. Sorting through information on the medication was surprisingly complicated. On one hand, it seems like a relatively mild, safe medication; on the other, there are dire warnings about its risks. I… Continue reading Ritalin Side Effects

Chronic Migraine, Coping, Meds & Supplements, Symptoms, Treatment

A Morning Person After All? A Return to Normal With Ritalin

When I was teaching public speaking in graduate school, I had a student I called Lawyer Boy who argued about everything. I told the class, which began at 7:40 a.m., that I was not a morning person. He responded, “You’re a morning person, you just don’t want to be.” This was about a year into… Continue reading A Morning Person After All? A Return to Normal With Ritalin

Meds & Supplements, Treatment

Trying Ritalin for Migraine Prevention… and Loving It

Wait-and-see-if-it-goes-away is my method of dealing with house problems. Not because I want to see if a minor issue will develop into a major problem, but calling someone and meeting with a service person is an exhausting proposition when you have a migraine all the time. So yesterday when Hart told me the shower was… Continue reading Trying Ritalin for Migraine Prevention… and Loving It

Chronic Migraine, Diet, Meds & Supplements, Treatment, Triggers

Gastroenterologist, Adderall, and Migraine Status

Gastroenterologist & Headache Specialist I’m sorry to report¬†that I didn’t learn much from the gastroenterologist (I know many of you were eager to hear something that might help you). He doesn’t think it’s a functional GI problem, but is a neurological problem. He said he’d be willing to do the tests if I wanted them.… Continue reading Gastroenterologist, Adderall, and Migraine Status