@AlexandraB Yeah Maryland summers can be nasty. 100 degrees is rare but can happen.
I was planning on starting last night but put it off. I got all wishy-washy again, started looking on-line for other medications that may be easier for me to start even though I knew the answer wasn’t on-line, and then it got too late at night for me to take it. I know if I try it for the first time right before bed I’ll just lay awake worrying about feeling side effects. So then I said I’d start it tonight, but the 6 day headache I’ve had this week (the 1st 2 days were constant pain and it was off and on since then) got worse again today and is continuing to get worse throughout the evening here.
So honestly I don’t know what to do. I feel completely torn. I know there will be no perfect time to start, especially with all these excuses I can find. But I did tell myself not to start a medicine on one of my worst days, actually a lot of people on here have said the same thing as advice and something they try to do on their own. I rarely take any NSAIDs for the pain to avoid re-bound headaches, but maybe once or twice a month I need to, and it seems like I may need to tonight for the pain to break. I also told myself not to take a new medication when I have to be on the NSAIDs. Just 1 ibuprofen tablet can make me feel groggy and even dizzier. This isn’t one of my worst days but is border line…so I feel completely torn. I also can’t keep putting this off, I’ve been putting off the Amitriptyline since mid-February. I need to have my husband home for at least the first day, so weekends are my best shot. Next weekend he’s already busy all day Saturday so again it would be Saturday night.
Before, my side effects were increased dizziness, really bad, starting the night after I took it (I know I took it before bed I can’t remember if it was right with dinner or sometime between dinner and bed). The bed felt like it was moving forward and back, up and down. Since then I have gotten those sensations anyway, but never had before I tried those medicines so back then it was scary. And it’s still an awful feeling. Then I had really bad dry mouth (which I can handle) the next day and was still dizzier the next day. I remember stopping it because I felt like I couldn’t get up on my own enough to take care of myself while my husband was at work. And one of the 3 times I tried it I had nausea which made me stop it. Back then I didn’t know how to tell the difference between nausea from anxiety vs. a medicine, so maybe it was just medicine anxiety, but still. And that was all from 1/4 of a tablet of Amitriptyline, so 2.5 mg.
No one in my close family takes any medicines like these at all. But thanks for the suggestion! I’ve been wanting my psychiatrist to sign off on the GeneSight testing, basically you submit a cheek swab and the company will tell you which medicines, I’m not sure if it’s by class or individual medicine, you’d have the least amount of side effects with (in the anti-depressant category). My doctor prefers to just try super low doses and he says he’s never had a need to use the company. I would qualify to get it done really cheap. But that’s not an option now since I can’t get to his office until I feel better. Such a mess. I need to get some self-confidence, but I’ve had such bad sensations with this beast that I just don’t have much anymore.