It was a good visit. He showed me my brain scan, which geeked me out. Then he went over some headache management points that Brain Doc I had also done, but this time I got a printout. The printout was super helpful and had more suggestions for how to deal with headaches. Then, we agreed that when my Topamax ran out, I should just stop taking it.
It's been 2.5 weeks completely free of Topamax and I am happy to report that my brain is feeling good. I haven't had too many headache episodes though I still do sometimes feel like someone smacked me on the back right side of my head.
In terms of brain function, I find that my vocabulary has increased and there are many less times when I struggle to find the correct word. For example, when I went to see Mr. PT, he asked about my pain and I was able to say "it stings" instead of "it's kind of sharp, but not sharp, like I scrapped it or something" which is what I would say before because the word "sting" would fly out of my brain just as I was about to speak.
So that's good.
I'm still overly absent-minded/forgetful. Some of this is due to too much multitasking, I'm sure. And a bit is probably age. But the rest I am sure are the drugs. Plus some study was just released where they followed thousands of people for seven years and found out that certain OTC meds increase the risk of dementia if taken every day for a long period of time. Most of those drugs, I don't take much at all, certainly not every day. But one of them was the bladder med that I was on for a while that I hated. I don't remember how long I was on it but it was at least 6 months, probably more than a year. Great.
I'm also about to run out of B2 and, as agreed with Brain Doc, when the B2 runs out, I will not go buy some more.
In the meantime, I've been looking over the Headache Management form and making a few changes to optimize not getting headaches. This is the list, in case you suffer from frequent headaches:
Attention to Lifestyle Factors-adequate sleep and constant schedule
-frequent small meals
-adequate fluid intake
-avoidance of specific triggers where possible
In this area, I'm already doing these things in order to optimize recovery from endurance training. Well, that stress reduction thing is probably not happening, what with my kids having problems and working at a startup, but all the rest are.