Monday, August 24, 2009

I hate waiting for the doctor's office to call back.

Man, I really hate waiting for the doctor's office to call back when I have a question about side effects of a medication I'm taking. One of the side effects of Topamax is tingling and numbness in arms and legs. Of course, I'm weird enough that the tingling and numbness I have is not in my arms or legs, it's in the back of my head, on the right side, and runs down the right side of my neck, front and back, all the way to my collarbone and out to my shoulder (the right side of my face and part of my lower lip is numb too). All I want to know is if this is a usual thing, and will it eventually go away. Dr W's office hasn't called me back yet (and it's been an hour since I called them) and Dr D's office hasn't called back either and I called them 6 hours ago.
I tried calling the emergency room to talk to a nurse there and they just transferred me to my doctor's office. Fat lot of good that did me. If this is something serious, I want to know if I need to stop taking the Topamax, or do I need to take something else and if I do, what is the something else I need to take and are they going to call in the prescription for me?
I've been taking the Topamax for a month now, and the numbness just showed up on Saturday (I noticed it when DH and I were at his ex-SIL's house and I brushed my hair after riding in the truck with the windows down, was just a bit wind-blown). So when we got home, I looked up side effects of all the medications I'm taking, and only Topamax has numbness listed as one of them. I just hope it's nothing serious, it didn't sound like it from the websites I checked, but I'm not sure I trust them.

Update at 5:30 PM - Well, the nurse from Dr W's office called back, and Dr W is on call tomorrow and I need to make an appointment to see her, she thinks I might have had a small stroke and she wants to check me over to make sure I haven't. From what I can see, the tests look like they can take a long time and I don't have time to mess with that shit this week. I have places to go and people to see and things to do this weekend that can't be delayed.


  1. Oh Mariellen, I strongly urge you to get into the doctor as soon as possible. Your health is important! If you had a mini stroke, you will need to have that assessed and find out what damage has occured. Not to scare you worse, but women's heart issues are much different then men's and you need to rule that out too.

    I know you don't know me, and I'm not a doctor, but I have medical professionals in my family. Believe me, they would be driving me to the doctor's office personally if I had symptoms as you have described. Better safe then sorry. Please let me know what the doctor says. You're worth it!

  2. I'm calling and making an appointment to see her this morning since I think she might be right. I don't have any of the other symptoms of a stroke, but that doesn't mean I didn't have one. Just the fact that she's worried about it worries me a bit. Her nurse said if the numbness got any worse to go to the ER right away, but it isn't, and since I've had it since Saturday, and it's stayed the same, I don't think it's going to, so I'll be seeing her today since she's on call.

  3. I'm glad you're going to the doctor. It may be as simple as a pinched nerve, but it's better not to play around with numbness.

  4. I'm glad you are seeing the doc too, and I'm hoping it's just a pinched nerve or what-have-you. *hugs*

  5. Still not sure what it is. Had an EKG today and blood work done. All that came back just fine, but Dr W wants me to start on low dose aspirin every day, just in case. Have to go in tomorrow for a carotid ultrasound and while I'm there, they're going to do my thyroid too, as it's swollen. If anything changes for me, as far as vision, speech, balance, finding words, etc, I'm to go to the ER immediately, which I will do, don't want to end up any worse than I currently am.


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