About Me: Female, 54, arlington, TX, member since Aug 2012
I've had two cervical fusions, two carpal tunnels, one cubital too. Also my thumbs and first two fingers were fixed in placed with 'trigger' finger surgery from arthritis at the same time as the carpal tunnel surgeries were done. So, I had a total of 5 surgeries done in
[More] a period of 13 months! The first cervical fusion was in 1996. I have Trigeminal Neuragia, TMJ, Migranes.
I have severe pain and chronic pain seems to be my best friend, and NO one understands. NOT even the doctors. They carry a clipboard around and talk, seriously.
So, I've been on amitriptyline for 3 years since all the surgeries and gained 50 pounds. I used to be a size 9-10! Now, I'm a size 20!
Finally convinced the doctor that the meds were not helping anything but gaining weight. Been on TOPAMAX for two days. I notice a big attitude difference! I'm moody. My mental ability is different too, concentration is different.
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