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25 Oct 2006

off medication
Dear Doc, please don't tell me to see my specialist. He doesn't understand I am not understanding what is happening to me.
I was on Topamax and have been for the last 8 months. I have not been myself and been extremely tired, battling to stay awake at work etc. I was put on it because I had very bad migraines and so bad I had a semi stroke, lame on one side etc but came right.
Anyway I have taken myself off the medication and now I have weird feelings. Like a tzzzzz feeling through my body for a few seconds, loose consentration in the middle of a sentence. I am a 48 year old professional female. I feel as if the world is spinning for a few seconds. My fear is that if I am driving somewhere and also I swim often. I am not sure whether anyone at work has picked up I have a problem. I just feel if I can manage without the medication and then prove to him I am fine it will be ok. I don't want him to say come off and then I have problems. He is a bit of a hardbit and not understanding. Him and I argue about what I feel like, he doesn't understand at all. I do seem to faint often and this feeling bothers me.
Do you think it could be serious? I do have an appointment in the middle of next month but these feelings worry me.
Regards and thanks
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Bella
You have to be honest with your doctor and tell him that you can't take this medicine anymore due to side effects. Otherwise he is going to think you are not doing well on medication and add something or make the dose higher! If something should happen and you lose conciousness they will not be able to treat you correctly if they don't know you are off the medicine. No patient HAS to take everything the doctor prescribe and you MAY tell him that the side effects of the medicine is worse than the disease but at all times he should know exactly what is going on otherwise he can not make proper decisions. Please just give him a call.
Just as important as your medical treatment is the communication between you and the doctor and if you don't see eye to eye you should try and find someone you can relate to.
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