After reading the information my friend sent me from her visit to the headache clinic, I'm trying to make some changes and hoping that some of them will help with my migraines. I'm watching everything I eat and looking for anything with MSG and its hidden cousins. Yesterday after school, I was hungry and wanting a snack. My son had a tennis lesson and normally I would have stopped at McDonald's to get us each an ice cream. Instead, I went to the grocery store and got an apple. While it felt a little weird, I felt like I was making a positive choice for my health.
I take medicine for my headaches most days of the week and one of the things the information said was I could be having rebound headaches. When you wake up in the morning with a headache or have a headache in a different part of the head than the normal one-sided migraine, or it comes about the time the medicine is wearing off, it could be a rebound headache. I decided that I would wean myself off the medicines. Saturday I woke up with a terrible back ache and took some ibuprofen and had a terrible migraine. Sunday, I woke up around 4am with a terrible headache. It was on the right side of my head and I decided that I would try and see if I could just deal with it instead of feeding the rebound. Monday and Tuesday were the same thing. Headache all day long, but I managed to make it through the day. I did go to bed earlier than usual, hoping that getting a little extra sleep would help, but each day woke up with another headache.
Today, I woke up with a full blown migraine, with the vision problems too. About 10 this morning, I finally decided I couldn't take it any longer. I couldn't see well enough to read and I had to teach using a power point, so really had to be able to read. I gave in and took some medicine. I made it three days without medicine. I think that is the longest I've gone in over a year. That's pretty sad. I can only imagine what is happening to my poor liver and kidneys.
I just hope that as I increase my preventative medicines, watch what I eat and continue to exercise, my migraines will get under control. If not, I'm going to be trying acupuncture as soon as school ends.