So a few days ago I posted that I had a secret. I did and I do, and now it is time to share it with all of you. (oh I rhymed)
It has been no secret that I’ve had this 5 year long headache. I tweet about, Facebook about it, talk about it. I’ve seen 5 neurologists. I’ve had 2 spinal taps, oxygen infusions, steroid infusions, and have taken dozens of different kinds of pills including all sorts of triptans, opiates, anti-depressants, vitamins, and supplements. I’ve seen an eye specialist for pseudo tumour cerebri, had nerve blocks, massage, and chiropractic treatments. I’ve been to the ER more times than I can count. To say the very least it has SUCKED. I mean who sees 5 neurologists? Who sees a neurologist who can’t help you and starts googling neuro’s to help you, in FRONT of you? It’s happened to me. I’ve been told to eat less, exercise more, meditate, do yoga, drink less caffeine, drink more caffeine, drink water. (all of the good things I was ALREADY doing.) I wanted to tell them to go do yoga when they are at a pain scale level 9/10 and you want to puke from the pain. Most of the time I still made it to work as a teacher. Some days were better than others. Some days I’d never turn the lights on, and plead and beg for quiet.
But, other than yesterday, I had gone an entire week and a half without a headache. *knock on wood* We may have found a medicine that helps. Maybe that combined with less gluten is the answer. Maybe it is a fluke, maybe not. All I can say it has made reading and typing for my dissertation FAR easier. I know it hasn’t been my perfect diet and water intake and exercise. I haven’t been doing any of those. I’ve been living and breathing my dissertation, and well hopefully we will have enough money to pay rent and utilities for August, and maybe have enough left to eat something. Right now I foresee a lot of rice, toast, and beans in our future. Hopefully none of that will cause a headache. Because I am just getting used to what life is really like without a pounding in my head. At least it isn’t the sound of drums, ’cause that would suck. 🙂