Monday, October 31, 2011
So I am sick, a lot. And I get these headaches, a lot. And about two years ago I started having these nifty and also scary as heck visual hallucinations so yeah... I have been living in pain for a long time and because I was a chronic insomniac these things were to be expected. I have mostly licked my insomnia through constant hard work. (See my insomnia journal.) And now I finally realized that I am having a very difficult time losing weight because of constant migraines. I was ill with them before but they have gotten worse.
It is hard to talk yourself into working out when you are in pain, nauseated and exhausted.
I didn't want to get on prescription medication before because 1.) it is expensive, 2.) they have lots of side effects 3.) you can overdose. I don't like the idea of getting on something with no end date. Birth control was as far as I was willing to go into that area. Now I am desperate. Work is in the busy season and overtime is mandatory and I am getting stressed out. My migraines feel worse than ever. So I broke down and got medicated. Expensive medicated.
I talked to my doctor and he prescribed a daily preventative treatment that will take one to two months to kick in and a "when you have the migraine" treatment. The when you have it is 10$ a pill, and if I actually took it for every migraine I would be in 30$ so far and I have had the prescription for 1 week. The non generic daily is 400$ a month. Yeah, it is expensive so it MUST be good. So far the side effects for the daily med are mild facial numbness, mild confusion, tingling in the arms/hands/feet, mild upset stomach and dizziness, and pop tastes funny. I am on a low dose and I just started. So yeah. I am trying to be happy. Depression is one of the known side effects, but I think that is just the chronic migraines that most patients have. It is pretty miserable to be in pain all the time. I want to be optimistic. If I can end the constant cycle of migraines I will have more energy and be able to live a much better quality of life. That will be awesome.
Apparently my Great great grandmother killed herself due to migraine pain. I don't blame her. Blessed be modern medicine.
On a completely different note, 360 and holding. So that is something.
Happy Samhain to all you Neo Polytheists out there! I will be working an 11 hour shift today, so no celebrating for me... maybe later.