Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I made it three days

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.


KaHolly said...

I have suffered migraines for many years. There didn't used to be medicine for migraines! I suffered terribly. Even with medicine, I still do. Don't put yourself through that agony. Take your meds.

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I am lucky that I do not suffer from migraines, so I do not know the pain and suffering you are going thru. But have you ever thought about seeing a chiroprator? We (my husband and I) have been going to one for a year now. He is fantastic. The first 6 month or so we saw 2 to 3 times a week just to get the spine aligned and releave unnessary pressure on parts of the body. Then we went every week, now we see him every two weeks just to keep everything in shape. He really believes in the body healing itself, but to do that the spine and all nerve endings have to be in the best shape they can be. We are both in our 60's and have alot less pain, etc than we have had the last few years. So you may want to do some checking in your area and with people you know to see if they can recomment someone. We live in the midwest or I would give you the name of the awesome guy we see.
Hope you find some releif.