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Migraines

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Well, many of you know, I have been really struggling with migraines this year. It has greatly interfered with my ability to exercise, which in turn made it harder to eat right and maintain weight. I went to a neurologist last fall when the migraines were really awful... and have been following his care since. It has helped minimally. I requested a referral to another neurologist and met with him Friday. I am now more hopeful. What complicates my care, is that I also have arthritis which has really caused significant neck pain. When in pain, I find I hunch my shoulders to protect myself... this is instinctual... and hard to stop. Well my weight is up and I have gotten pretty discouraged... but am finding myself hopeful after meeting my new doc. He felt my neck and asked me if I could feel a response in the area where the migraines are when he poked various muscles. He is sending me to a PT who works closely with him and can hopefully help me deal with these muscles. It will take brief exercises 10 times a day... I would love to get control of this without pills... What makes me really hopeful is that he was able to describe what I have been thinking is happening to me exactly... so I have made an appointment with my rheumatoid doc and may get a shot in the neck to help ease the pain, will contact the PT to begin therapy... and will hopefully get this under control. Today I started charting my food with greater effort (even though it is St. Patrick's Day!). I am intending to go back to really sparking... because as my page says... for me, at least, sorta sparking is not really effective... I may not get on to post in my groups as often as I would like for a few weeks... but after April 1st work will slow down... so I can become more regular in my groups then... I want to thank the friends who have encouraged me step by step.. these past months. I am more grateful than I have told you... You know who you are... THANK YOU... I do believe that it is amazing how wonderfully helpful it is to have these Spark friends, many of whom I have never met in person, come to mean so much to me. So thank you all for encouraging me, caring about me, praying for me.... it has all been so helpful, that even when I did not comment or appear active, I was receiving your messages and it kept me here... as a Sparker and is making this route back (once again) easier... so thank you all. Spring is coming and with it I find hope and inspiration. I hope you all find the same...
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ATGOAL135 4/5/2013 11:18AM

  Sheila...so sorry about your insurance not wanting to pay for PT. If you can't get it worked out, I will highly recommend "Massage Envy" as a possible alternative. I pay $39.95 per month (and my rate stays the same even if local rates increase...as long as I let my contract renew automatically). Rate here in AZ is still $39.95 but MN rate has raised to $49.95. Good and bad news is "you sign a year a contract" for once monthly massage/treatment.

I have found both in MN and in AZ massage therapists who duplicate what has been done by PT therapist for my neck/occipitals, etc and have kept my migraines away. From posts in "50+ Maintainers" you may remember last winter 2011/12 how bad I was with neck/shoulder pain. Now that I am so much better, if I miss going one month, the session is "banked" and I can use it to go whenever I need it....so may go twice in one month.

I realize the $39.95 is a real commitment.....but, my other massage place charged between $60-70 for massage and for the type I get (trigger point) it was $70. So, I was not going until I could hardly move and was desperate....and felt guilty I was spending that much money. Now, I go regularly (which is better for me) and feel I am getting a bargain rate.
Hope you feel better soon, Di

PS: It was trial/error and took trying 3 therapists before I found the perfect one (for me) here in AZ. I received very nice massage from all of them but I know what techniques really help my pain and took into consideration how I felt in the days following my trigger point massages. If my MN therapist is no longer working, I will need to go through that process again when we arrive there. Confident I will find a good person wherever I am....that's another plus, you can be traveling and most larger cities have this chain and will book an appointment for you at your contract rate.

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EDUCGRAD 3/23/2013 4:14PM

    Hoping you can get some help with these.hugs. emoticon

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MNNICE 3/18/2013 10:15PM

    The body can be so complicated, but hopefully the combination of physician and pt will find the answers for you to get relief from the headaches!

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WALLAHALLA 3/18/2013 3:40PM

    Sounds like things may be looking up for you soon!

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NEW-CAZ 3/18/2013 4:13AM

    Shelia I'm glad you've found a doctor you have more faith it, sometimes it takes time to find someone you can connect with and who inspires confidence.
You are such a strong person- hang in there.
Hoping his treatment helps and you get some relief real soon hun emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 3/17/2013 10:46PM

    Shiela, This sounds wonderful! I hope you have success with this battle to restore your health and comfort. The new Dr. sounds like a winner! You will make it because you don't give up! Stay strong. Hugs.

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