Tame the Pain

Peace at last!

Well, after a 3-hour visit with the neurologist last night I did get some answers to my migraine problem.

There are three main headaches one can get: tension, sinus, or cluster.  My pain may originate from one of these three and turn into a migraine within a short amount of time or the migraine hits full force immediately.  In either case, I have been officially diagnosed with migraines.  This is positive news for me because now I can get the proper treatment.

Thankfully I have an episodic migraine and not a chronic one.  The difference? Chronic migraines happen more than 15 times a month for at least three months in a row! Ouch!

I appreciate all who shared their thoughts and experiences with me, as it helped me to gather questions I wouldn’t have thought of and it provided me with support. Thank you.

Treatment: Ellie from Emerald Pie told me about Botox treatments so, of course, I had to ask the specialist! Yes, it’s true…people do get injections every three months for those who suffer from chronic migraines.  Since mine is not chronic, I am not eligible for this treatment. Shucks 🙂

Kelly from My Twice Baked Potato and Laura from As Time Goes…Buy suggested acupuncture. Because I saw a medical doctor, she really wouldn’t give a professional opinion about it so I looked into it myself (Google).  Acupuncture boasts that it reduces inflammation and helps control pain; there are a lot of people that live by this treatment. So, after I’m done seeing the neurologist (I have two more visits), I’ll stop by an acupuncturist to see if this approach would be better.

What I’m doing in the meantime: I took a nerve test last night. It literally felt like I was getting shock injections shot into my body. A scary feeling at first and then it turned into a feeling like you get when you ride a roller coaster.  The doctor was looking for nerve signs that could be the cause of my migraines. A small pen was inserted into my arm so that the doc could ‘listen’ to my nerves. It sounded like Oster during one of his sonograms.

She prescribed an abortive drug for me to take when the migraine hits.  She said there are 10 main drugs that are on the market and she chose this particular one for the sole purpose of trial and error.

I did NOT receive a preventative drug because I didn’t want to have to take something every day. I dislike taking drugs altogether, so you can imagine how thankful I was that she didn’t push me taking a preventative.

I have to go back in two weeks for the nerve test results. From there, we’ll make an appointment for an MRI (brain and neck).

I’m excited to finally get the ball rolling after decades of brushing this pain off as it just being part of life.

Hey, Migraine, what gives?

Seriously? A four-day-migraine! I can’t tell you how wonderful I feel now that it’s finally over. I’m not sure if any of you suffer from this horrific pain but it definitely sucks.

I’ve had them throughout my life; although, they became more prominent in college. Turning off lights and closing my eyes do not work; that actually makes me nauseated.

I had a great pregnancy with no migraines or morning sickness. Right after Oster was born, the migraines kicked into high gear and the only place you could find me was hugging the toilet.

Thankfully Dancing with the Commode wasn’t part of the agenda for this 4-day marathon.  Instead, I was graced with blotchy cold sores popping up under my nose.

I’ve had scans on my brain to check for tumors: none, thankfully

I’ve had drugs prescribed to me before Oster:  they sometimes worked

I try over-the-counter drugs to help relieve pain: they sometimes work

I have to make an appointment to see a specialist: this is getting out of hand. I seriously can’t function for the first day when these hit.

After a couple of days, it’s easier to handle because it feels like the pain is never going to go away and I just have to deal with it.

Home remedies I use to help me tolerate or get rid of a migraine:

Double shot of espresso

Keep active (my head [and stomach] always feels better if my body is in motion)

Stay away from any foods with sugar

Put peppermint oil on temples (my forehead turns a nice shade of green)

Eat bland foods

Stay hydrated

No reading, no watching TV and no computer (extremely hard to follow this one)

Agenda for this afternoon: Call that specialist and get in to see her!

 

Photo from: Glamcheck