Today to my surprised I saw the other neurologist that works in the same office as my regular neuro, I rescheduled this appt and apparently the person who did it made a mistake, they asked me if I wanted to stay and see the other one and that my dr would come in later on or to wait about 2 hours for my regular dr. I said what’s there to freaking lose and went with the other/new dr. Loved her!!! I actually think I’m going to stay with her. Seemed more knowledge about migraines at least and more compassionate.
Here’s the deal, I mentioned before in one of panicking posts that since I started nort a week and some days ago I noticed high heart rate, we are talking 108-118 resting heart rate measured by my Apple Watch, I never thought it was that accurate anyway and blamed it on the increased dosage …today when they took my vitals the nurse asked me if I had taken the stares and how long I was in the waiting area. I said I took the elevator and was sitting for about 10 min before being called in, she said my heart rate was at 138, she waited another 10 min and when she measured my pulse it was at 130, not much difference …apparently she went and told the dr and they put me on the monitor for the rest of the appt & my heart rate never went lower than 118.
While taking to the dr she asked me to go on the log data of my watch and it showed that my heart rate definitely increased in the past 8 days, sometimes with measurements of 190 beats per minute, she said the watch is decently accurate to her knowledge and this was definitely a no.
Anyway after talking for a long time and mentioning how anxious this is making me and all that she mentioned Effexor (without me mentioning like I had to with the other neuro last time) and said that if it works it could be like killing two birds with one stone but that it can take up to 6 weeks to see benefits so for the mean time she prescribed Hydroxyzine (knowing as vistaril or Atarax) and said that for something like benzos I would have to see a psychiatrist.
So her plan is to make me go back to 10mg of nort for a few days to see if the heart rate thing gets better and wear off of it at the same time and then jump onto the effexor XR wagon.
I have mixed emotions about this, effexor was the one I wanted from the beginning and not did the neuro or the neuro-too took me seriously, they decided to make me go on other things and now I feel like that’s wasted time and increased symptoms for nothing. It would have been great to start Effexor before when we were still on summer break but now my daughters start school Monday and I’ll be starting new meds around the same time smh. Plus nort is definitely working for the headaches so it’s kinda bitter sweet stopping it.
I did a search here on the Hydroxyzine and didn’t find much, does anyone have experience with it?