I just realized that I never said what was figured out during my 4 night/5day stay in the Ft. Sanders Stroke Center...sorry about that!
Long story short: Topomax.
I was taking it about a month before the pain and other symptoms set in. Actually, Carol, Daddy and I figured it out with the help of Dr Google (he's not always the enemy) and the doctors and lab work were able to confirm it. Time off the medication has proven the diagnosis to be true as with each day the pain is decreasing and my appetite is increasing. The more I eat, the more energy I will have and the better I will feel. My liver numbers are also lower..a sign that the medicine was beginning to cause damage.
Thankfully, I kept that appointment Monday afternoon and I was having a really painful day so my doctor saw the real deal. I tried to be a big girl in his office but I lost it. I was frustrated, in pain and sick; instead of writing me a script and sending me on my way like everyone else, he took the time to listen and find the answer. The Lord does work in mysterious ways....
This leaves me in a bit of a catch 22 about the migraines, though. I am reluctant to jump into another medication given this terrible experience BUT am also scared to see what happens with no preventative at all. I got more than enough of them ON a preventative so I really don't know what to do. We went with Topomax because it was the 'easiest', should have known then it wouldn't work with my body. I think I'll go ahead and make an appointment since I know it will be several weeks before I can get in and that will give me time to ponder.
So, there is the answer. All this time, all this pain, worry and misery because of a little pill.