Well…after probably 24 years or so of drinking Cokes, I can officially say that I’ve quit. It wasn’t by choice and it wasn’t easy, but its been one week and I’ve been completely Coca-Cola free. I had an appointment with a neurologist last week because the migraines I’ve had most of my life just aren’t getting any better. They aren’t happening more frequently than in the past, but when I get them, about every 2 weeks, the pain has been getting worse. I’ve just decided that there has to be some way that these headaches can be prevented…or at least we can try to prevent them. I also just need some peace of mind that there is nothing abnormal going on in my brain that could be causing these headaches.
So…anyways…back to the no more cokes…I went to the neurologist on Wednesday and he agreed that we should work on preventing the migraines because I am having too many of them. He gave a prescription for a medicine called Topamax. He rattled off some of the side effects…told me not worry if I noticed slight weight loss or tingling in my hands and feet or even being tired. He said to take it at night and most of the side effects won’t be as bad…sounds good to me. I took the first dose Wednesday night at bedtime and noticed minor tingling Thursday morning as I got dressed for work…no big deal…I could deal with that, especially if it prevents my migraines. As I drove to work that morning, I cracked open my first Coke of the day and took the first sip and it tasted so bad that I almost spit it out the window. At first I thought it must have been a bad can of Coke. I took a couple more sips and they got worse and worse…and then I remembered it…I read the night before about some additional side effects…a change in taste buds specifically affecting carbonated beverages. I called Matt right away to tell him the bad news. I was so sad! I love my Cokes!
The headaches from no caffeine were HORRIBLE until Saturday, but since then I’ve been pretty ok. I’ve been tired, which I think is a combination of the end of the school year, no more caffeine, and the medicine, but oh well. It will be a while before we know if it is actually preventing the migraines, but we’re hoping. In the meantime, I’ve had blood work done and 2 MRI’s have been scheduled to check the brain and the blood flow in the brain to make sure everything is normal. All the while…I’m trying new drinks and have found a love for Vitamin Water Multi…its Lemonade flavor and its really good! I guess as long as the medicine works, I’m a no Coke girl!