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Day 12 of Headache Treatment

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I'm happy to say (knock on wood!) that in the last 12 days I haven't had one pain spike. How amazing is that? I'm taking two pills a day and by Tuesday I will be at maintenance dose. I've been very careful to avoid all of the movements that bring on the headaches but I'm going to have to face that issue eventually. I don't know whether they will want to do surgery or just have me continue to practice avoidance like I do now. The only problem that I see with the avoidance plan is that there may be a things that I'm unaware of that can bring on the headaches, which scares me a little. Right now the worst is lying on my back and pulling my knees to my chest. Poof! Instant headache! The doctors and specialists are trying to figure out where the headaches are coming from and they are having a problem determining whether they come from the neck or the head itself. (I have degenerative disk disease of the spine). They know that they can treat the pain part but they are still looking at the cause(s). I guess it's like a big puzzle to them and they are excited to have me enroll in the program so they can gather more information. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

  
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TBRANCH2 6/6/2010 8:05PM

    Good that you are both finding healing for yourself as well as being an instrument in the advancement of help for others. Just like you, always thinking of others!!! You ARE special!!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/6/2010 12:31PM

    It sounds like you have a wonderful team behind you and they are willing to keep looking until they find the right solutions for you - can't ask for more than that! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 6/5/2010 7:21PM

    One of the reasons lying down and pulling my knees to my chest is an issue is, that it is what the physical therapist recommends that I do for my lower back. My therapist has designed other things for me to do to deal with the lower back in an effort to avoid this movement. There are a few other movements that also trigger headaches such as looking down to read or do needle work, sleeping on my tummy and turning wrong or sharply to name a few. Thanks for all of your encouragement!

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WILD4STARS 6/5/2010 4:17PM

    Sounds like another step in the right direction. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 6/5/2010 3:39PM

    Thanks for the update. Sounds like you are doing well. Hope they can put the whole puzzle together and eliminate the pain. Avoidance may be an option. I guess you don't have to lie down and put your knees to your chest. But wouldn't it be great if they could fix it where you could do anything and would not have to worry.

Thanks, again, for all you do for our team. Take care, Marsha

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Day Six Of Treatment

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Today is day six of my headache treatment. So far I haven't had any pain spikes but the headaches themselves, although less severe, are still there. On Tuesday my medication steps up one level. I will say that my sleep is much better because I'm not waking up with crushing pain in the middle of the night. The medication has two side effects. One seems to be a little fatigue (like I really needed more of that with hypothyroid! Oh well!) and the other is that it has decreased my appetite (hooray!). It would appear that I'm making good progress and I'm pleased. I'm very curious as to what will happen when I Tuesday rolls around. I'll keep you posted!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 5/30/2010 7:20PM

    Hoping this eliminates those headaches once and for all. Sounds like you are doing well so far. Fingers are crossed for you. So glad you are sleeping better. Take care.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/30/2010 2:43PM

    I also get some killer headaches. You might want to try accupressure points. They really help me a lot. I'm sure you can find them through google. Hope you feel better soon.

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WILD4STARS 5/30/2010 2:41PM

    Sounds like "so far do good!" Fingers are crossed and energy being sent that you keep progressing on a positive path. AND decreased appetite ?? You truly are blessed!
Happy Sunday and Happy Sparking,
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Spine Update

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I got some great news yesterday! The USF pain program at Tampa General Hospital accepted me into their pain management system program. They also have developed a plan for me to deal with my continuous headaches! Yea! Just hearing that they could help me brought me a tremendous sense of relief. The first thing they did was give me medicine that was headache specific. Then they adjusted one of my other medications. I will be starting the new medications tonight so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Relief may be on the way!

I asked them if I can transfer my other spinal areas into their care and they said yes! I was ecstatic! I know that it takes me a little over an hour to get to an appointment there but they can do things for chronic pain there that most other places can't. Since they are a teaching center, their techniques are cutting edge so the treatments are better. The goal for their program is to get me as active as possible without the crushing pain. I will probably do my initial interviews with each of the 15 specialists in August because I have to have a two week period that I can devote to the program without any interruptions. In September, they will inject my head in 6-8 places in an effort to control the re-occurrence of the crushing headaches. I'm feeling very positive about my treatment. They have given me hope where I had none.

  
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WILD4STARS 5/27/2010 7:49AM

    How awesome! Light at the end of the tunnel! Yay you!!
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JENSHAWN 5/26/2010 1:26PM

    Isn't amazing how God works his amazing healing powers.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/26/2010 8:28AM

    Wow, how you kept up with your exercise schedule and all you do while managing that kind of pain is a miracle already. Sure hope this new place is another miracle for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/25/2010 5:47PM

    Wonderful, Cyndi! I am so glad you are feeling positive and upbeat about a very professional, cutting edge pain management program. I'm sure you'll benefit a great deal. You deserve it!! -Marsha

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2CATS2LOVE1 5/25/2010 5:15PM

    So glad to hear that things are moving in a positive direction regarding those headaches of yours. I don't get them often but when I do, I feel horrible. All the best to you in your new pain management program!
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House Work Workout

Friday, May 21, 2010

In preparation for the Polk Co. Team Spa Day at our house tomorrow, I spent the day cleaning. I didn't just run the vacuum a little bit and dust a few tables, I used the team event as an exercise opportunity. I vacuumed, shampooed the carpets, mopped the floors, scrubbed down the kitchen, cleaned both bathrooms, cleaned the air purifiers, wiped down the ceiling fans and washed all the throw rugs. The house smells and looks clean and boy, did I ever get a workout. (I won't even say how many hours it took me!) When I was finished I had to peel my close off my body because they were so wet from sweat. The only thing I still have to do is some light strength training. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride in what I was able to get done today. Now if only I'm not too stiff tomorrow to have a good time!! lol

  
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HELLO-BEAUTIFUL 5/29/2010 6:50PM

    What an emoticonjob I totally admire you!

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AMANDAJCD 5/22/2010 3:47PM

    Wow, I'm impressed! I hope you all had a good time today :) My boys needed herding so I couldn't make it (just as well because I've got a bit of a sore throat), but I hope to make it to one in the future :)

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Thursday

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today I ran an errand on the way to water aerobics and found a shorter route by accident. That is good news because it means less driving time!

I did 30 minutes of aqua jogging followed by 60 minutes of water aerobics. On the way home, I stopped at Wal Mart to do some grocery shopping. I got a cart and decided to make it an exercise opportunity. I walked very quickly and went up and down all the isles even if I didn't need an item from that area. After I checked out, I loaded the groceries into the car and stopped by Publix to get 3 items that Wal Mart didn't have. This time I skipped the basket and power walked to the 3 areas to get my items. I think the folks at Publix are used to me speeding along because they look at me but don't say anything to me any more.

I got home and hubby (bless his helping, kind heart!) unloaded the car for me and put things away. I immediately went to the computer to log my exercise and food. (Not that there was much to add to the food tracker because I'm force feeding today due to lack of appetite) I Googled (yes on SP) the best place to buy a kind of packing tape that hubby uses for his business. I discovered that a place near our house carries it so out we went again to get the tape. I don't know what I'd do without the ability to look things up on the computer!!! I can hardly remember the days when computers weren't available.

I'm very satisfied with my activity level for today. The exercise tracker says that I've burned over 1200 calories. That means that I'll sleep well tonight! I love to be active!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 5/21/2010 9:08AM

    Awesome!

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AMANDAJCD 5/20/2010 11:26PM

    1200 calories -- wow! Way to go!!

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TBRANCH2 5/20/2010 9:59PM

    Go, You!! It sometimes makes me wish I still had a pool....and then, I come to my sanity and am glad that I do not!!hahahaha


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2CATS2LOVE1 5/20/2010 5:54PM

    You were one busy bee today! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 5/20/2010 5:25PM

    Wow! I've never recorded a 1200 calorie day. Very, very impressive, Cyndi. -Marsha

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