Thursday, August 09, 2012
I called my new Moffitt Clinic pain specialist's office yesterday and set up a consultation appointment for September 25. This is the doctor who will use radio waves to dull the pain receptors around the two occipital nerves in the back of my head. During the appointment the doctor will review my migraine, cervical spine and medical history. Then we will decide if the procedure would be worth trying on me. I'm very excited about it!
Wow! The doctor's office just called and they got some of my medical records and wanted to move my appointment up to next Thursday, August 16th. I think they were afraid that my current migraine episodes would continue between now and the September appointment even with the occipital block that I just had on Tuesday. For those of you who have never experienced a migraine, it is debilitating. It can take days after the initial headache for your head to stop hurting all of the way. I suspect the fact that my migraines are mainly cervicogenic in nature (and this is an area which is receiving some attention/study right now) may have quite a lot to do with it. This type of migraine is caused by issues with the cervical spine. I did have surgery in September 2011 that corrected about 70% of the very severe part of the problem. What I need to find out now is whether I need to actually have the fusion that they couldn't do last September or if my issue can be resolved by the Radio Frequency procedure coupled with putting restrictions on certain types of body movements.
After last weekend's bout with a severe migraine, my doctor re-instated the restrictions for repetitious movements with my arms over my head. She limited the amount of weight that I am allowed to use during weight training. Weights used in water must be the smallest of the available weights and free weights on land may not be over 5-6 pounds each. I also need to rest at least one day between any kind of weight training. I am to rest in a position that takes the weight off of my spine after all full 2-3 hour workouts. I'm really going to have to juggle the way I do things in order to manage my rest periods and the errands I need to run. One thing that I've already done, is to try to limit my full workouts to 2 hours or under even when I don't feel particularly tired at the time. This strategy has greatly reduced my fatigue level and when coupled with my movement restrictions, should decrease the severity of my migraines. We'll see......