I'm Benched For A Few Days........
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I'm benched for a few days due to the return of my dreaded migraines. Sigh! I guess I'm in denial about a progressive condition with my spine, which is the main source of the migraines. Part of me is terrified that I'll have a repeat of what happened several years ago and the other part is just hiding from the fact that I have a degenerative, congenital condition. I have an MRI this morning, Yes I know it's Saturday, I was surprised too. My follow up with my neurosurgeon is on Tuesday at 11:30a.m. We have to monitor the progression of disease on my neck (cervical spine). I've had all of those shots in my head and neck to relieve pain but this time it only lasted for a week or two. My neurologist tells me that sometimes between the second and third rounds of shots, you get increased intensity of occasional headaches. However, this is different than the usual migraines. It is localized - on the left side of the neck, behind the left ear, into the ear and up to the top of my head. The pain also goes down into my left shoulder. That is the shoulder that had the surgery in March of this year. When I had my last round of shots at the end of September, the doctor told me that it most likely wasn't the shoulder, rather an issue at C-4. My main problem area right now is C-3 to C-4, so that is consistent with the area that we've been watching. My whole body fills with dread at the thought of what lies ahead. So, I'm venting here and after my MRI this morning, I'll try to put it out of my mind. (Right! Like that's going to happen!)
Key word here is try! I will continue to listen to my relaxation tapes and take time off from exercise as needed. I only did exercise at the Y twice this week. I will also forgo the use of water weights as they are suddenly aggravating the issue. I will get through this and will prevail but you may notice that I'm not on the site as much due to resting periods.
PS The MRI went well but I'm an emotional mess today. I'm terrified of repeating my experience of two years ago. When I got home after my MRI, I had myself a good cry, took my muscle relaxer and took a nap. I still fee "all in" but am much more calm. Hopefully, my neurosurgeon will have a solution for me on Tuesday. My fingers and toes are crossed!