Not how I saw tonight playing out…

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4 thoughts on “Not how I saw tonight playing out…”

    1. I felt a migraine coming on around noon today. Around 1:00 I was sure that it was going to be a migraine, so I took my abortive medication which usually works. I turned off the lights in the office where I work and carried on – migraines have become a kind of constant of late. I was told yesterday by the neurologist that mu vitamin D was extremely low again – a long-standing problem for me. Apparently, this can exasperate migraines. This was my fifth in just over a week.

      The medication didn’t help, and this was a particularly painful migraine above the normal amount that I experience. When the pain is intense I’m hypersensitive to light and sound. I get dizzy and nauseous when they are like this, I managed to get through the rest of the workday and started to drive to my therapy appointment (I’ve canceled two of the last three due to migraines). I fought back vomiting on the trip and during the session. I finally made it home and ended up vomiting hard on our front lawn. This went on for about an hour after getting into the house as well.

      I had felt dizzy and light headed for most of the afternoon. There was an odd tightness in my chest and I felt like I wasn’t getting enough air in spite of breathing deeply. I had my wife check my blood pressure and my diastolic pressure was dangerously high. She was pretty insistent that we go to the ER. Now, a few hours later my blood pressure is still rather high, but not in the dangerous level. As a precaution I’m now being kept overnight.

      The blood pressure spike is a side effect of the migraine medication. I wanted to take a second dose, but wanted my wife to check my blood pressure first given how I was feeling already. I’m not entirely unhealthy, meaning that I don’t smoke, drink or eat very unhealthy foods. I don’t exercise much, but am only recently feeling well enough physically to do so. I’m slightly overweight, but not dangerously so. I’m fairly young, too. My liver and kidneys have problems, and possibly related to that, I have abnormal blood test levels from time to time. Staying here tonight isn’t that big of a deal for me, though I’d much prefer to be home cuddled up with my wife rather than being admitted to another floor in the very hospital where she works.

      I still feel a little off… I’m being monitored though, so if anything happens I’m in the right place. This is just so frustrating… It seems that I tumbled down the diagnostic rabbit hole about a year ago for about the fourth time in my life now. A highly unusual blood level came back, a referral made to an oncologist, then to a number of other specialists from his office… It never seems to end….

      Anyway.. Sorry for the rant. I’m just so, so sick of this. My plan for the evening was simple like most nights… Leave work, see the therapist, pick up something to make for dinner, talk with my wife for awhile, maybe get a little frisky with her, then cuddle up and go to bed at a decent time for once. That’s it – that’s all I wanted. Didn’t happen… Maybe tomorrow will be better, provided I get released at a decent time tomorrow. The cardiologist will “see me in the morning”. I’ve heard such claims before….

  1. I think you ought to try craniosacral therapy for your migraines. I wish I could send my husband up to you for a while to at least try it, because he knows how to do it. You wouldn’t have the blood pressure spike for sure.

    I don’t get migraines, but I do get stress headaches from time to time. It feels so good to get craniosacral therapy. It’s very gentle, non-invasive, incredibly relaxing (and you don’t need to get undressed for it either). It’s good for a lot of things, not just migraines…

    There was a feasibility study done on it in 2012. It seems that it passed as a legit treatment.

    🙂

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3373391/

    P02.55. Craniosacral therapy for migraine: a feasibility study
    J Mann,1 S Gaylord,corresponding author1 K Faurot,1 C Suchindran,2 R Coeytaux,3 L Wilkinson,4 R Coble,1 and P Curtis1

    Purpose

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate feasibility and obtain preliminary efficacy estimates comparing craniosacral therapy (CST) with an attention-control condition for the adjunctive treatment of migraine.

    Methods

    Individuals with moderate to severe migraine were recruited from specialty clinics, family practices, and the university community. After confirmatory clinical evaluation and an 8-week run-in phase, those meeting study criteria (compliant with study procedures, at least 5 migraines per month) were randomized to 8 weekly CST or low-strength static magnet therapy (LSSM) treatments. Study participants were followed for 4 weeks after the conclusion of therapy. Primary outcome measures included headache frequency and headache-specific quality of life (HIT-6). Secondary headache-specific measures include headache-related disability (MIDAS), headache intensity, and abortive medication use.

    Results

    At baseline, participants reported a mean 14 headache days per month and severe headache-related quality-of-life impact and disability. Compliance with study procedures was excellent, with 60 of 69 randomized individuals completing 8 weeks of therapy. Individuals in both treatment groups appeared to benefit from the therapy. A significant difference, favoring CST, was noted by treatment group in mean headache hours per day 30 days post treatment (1.89 vs. 2.78, p=0.003). HIT-6 scores decreased significantly in both groups, but without a between-group difference at the last treatment visit. MIDAS scores improved in the CST, but not the LSSM group at 4 weeks post treatment. Headache intensity was reduced more in the CST compared with the LSSM group, but the difference was not statistically significant. Abortive medication use decreased substantially in both groups during treatment.

    Conclusion

    Our results show that conducting a randomized clinical trial of CST for migraine using a standardized protocol is feasible and that adjunctive CST may reduce headaches in those with severe migraine. Protocol modifications may enhance future investigations of CST for migraine.

    Just sayin’

    1. Also, you might consider going gluten free.

      http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/migraine-headaches-and-gluten-sensitivity-a-strong-connection/

      check out this bit about the medications that cause you to lose essential nutrients…vicious cycle.

      http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/medications-that-rob-vitamins-and-minerals-also-delay-healing/

      part of my family are celiacs…though you don’t have to have celiac disease to have a gluten sensitivity. gluten is being implicated in a LOT of health problems these days. it’s getting a lot of attention and, one of the good things about my family, is that we’ve supported celiac research studies at the U of Chicago…

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