Aaron just a quick note for you your going through a lot right now and trying so hard to figure out answers. Stress increases headaches so do many foods. I learned with my sons that there were many foods that I just couldn't feed them due to thier ADD. I am also a 32 year severe migraine sufferer. It wasn't until 2 years ago when I changed Neurologists that I learned that foods also cause headaches. I found a list on WebMD for that. Its actually quite shocking. I ran myself through a 60 day trial and error on the foods. Each food caused a headache of some type. Just be sure of what is really causing your headaches. It may even be worth making an appointment with a Neurologist to help with the headaches and allowing your ADHD medication to remain effective.
I think I read somewhere that stimulant medications don't necessarily cause migraine headaches as much as they magnify anything headache that's already there (if that makes any sense). If that's the case then what you are saying makes sense. I'm just not ready at this time to give stimulants another go. The headaches are too much, I've struggled with them too long, and I need a break. That being said I will certainly look into the WebMD list. As for seeing a neurologist I suppose that's an option but I'm not quite there yet.
Thanks for your input iluv!
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Reason: I thanked the wrong person!
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Sorry I haven't been here. So how are you doing now? Don't write off the Neurologist so quick though. Just remember ADHD is in the brain. You may be surprised at the insight that one may have. The combination of doctors may help you more than you think. Who would know more about the brains functions? Anyway, I would like to know how your doing.
It is complex stuff. Intuniv (Tenex, Guanfacine - high blood pressure med for Italians like half of me), probably acts as an stimulant on the prefrontal cortex - that is where are controllers are located.
It's so good to know that others wonder how I'm doing. I feel like such a social recluse on these boards and in my life, and I feel like I don't deserve anyone to care how I'm doing since I'm so self-focused. So thank you. To be honest I feel like I'm so busy lately I have very little time to do the things I really want to do.
Please bear with me here. I may have called myself ADHD inattentive before, but I'm beginning to think that hyperactive "H" is there for a reason. It feels as if I've gone hyperactive now as I can't seem to slow down. I'm not on any meds at all, and I feel like I've turned into a crazy man who can't slow down. There are about a million thoughts in my head at any time right now, and it's coming out in lots of activity and nervous energy. Can an ADDer just flip like that?
It's been an interesting ride lately. The Thanksgiving holidays were good though I can certainly tell how much the meds help. I took Adderall 5 mg on Saturday to see if it could give me a little "umph" to get through the day. It seemed to help, but it was intentionally a very small dose. I still got a minor headache in the evening but an ibuprofen knocked it out. (I took Adderall 5 mg again this morning and felt nothing ... except the headache that is just beginning to come on.)
I had an epiphany Sunday night / Monday morning. "I have ADD!" I believe it. I know it. I'm no longer questioning it. I don't know what happened to cause me to believe it, but I do now and that helps a lot. At least I know what I'm dealing with.
It's been a little crazy this week. I did some reading online about coping with ADD and started using tasks lists. I always used them at work, but I started using them in my life. Instead of procrastinating and putting things off like I used to I'm making myself check things off my list each day. I push myself to do things and make progress. I think I'm keeping it pretty simple, but it's a lot of work. Maybe I've overdoing it because I feel like I'm exhausting myself. I don't feel like myself at all. I feel like a robot just trying to keep up. I'm not happy but I'm very productive. I'm not sure if that's a good trade-off.
Good news! I have an appointment with a neurologist on 12/14! I'm looking forward to it very much. I'm tired of trying to play doctor myself. This neurologist was recommended to me by my therapist.
I've been exercising fairly regularly so I feel good about that. Thanks for your encouragement on that stressless. This morning while walking on the treadmill I began reading "Delivered from Distraction". It's very interesting and eye-opening so far.