The Journey Is Sometimes Bumpy
Monday, July 02, 2018
I've been sidelined for the last ten days with a migraine that knocked my socks off. Last Friday, I spent three hours in my migraine clinic receiving IV treatments. I just felt so sick to my stomach and tired of the pain. My whole nervous system was in a highly sensitive state. That means smells, light, touches and sounds brought me physical pain. The migraine was so out of control that either I could go through the emergency room or I could go to my neurologist and see if the IV center had room. Thank goodness they did. I got the medication that I needed and now I'm on rest. I just talked to the nurse and she told me that the fatigue and soreness I am currently experiencing is normal. She gave it a name and it was so long that it made my eyes glaze over. I am currently allowed to do gentle stretches, walking and short car rides. I find all of it exhausting which is normal after such a bad flare. The kind of migraines that I have are chronic - they never go away. I get used to certain levels of pain from my cervical spine up to the back of my head. However, every once in a while, I get what they call breakthrough migraines that are severe. This requires that I pay close attention because I must be able to tell the difference between a breakthrough migraine and a possible stroke. The doctor now has me keeping a food, water, sleep and pain journal. It sounds a lot like Spark People doesn't it? I just started the journal today. I should easily be able to see certain patterns. What I can't see, my neurologist should be able to see. It is comforting to feel like I'm not alone with handling this. My general neurologist is on board too. He studied with my migraine specialist so they are on the same page. In fact, when I saw him last Wednesday, he told me to go home and call the migraine specialist right away and get treatment. He again reminded me that severe pain is bad for your body. He will be pleased when I tell him that I followed his suggestion and got it treated. I'm pleased because my pain level went from 8-9 down to a 3.
Sometimes when things like this happen, one can be derailed from all of ones plans. Eating, sleeping, water drinking and exercise have to temporarily change to accommodate whatever is the pressing issue at hand. This isn't an excuse to binge eat (although it may happen), skip exercise ( again this may be necessary) and slide back into old habits. If it does happen, make it the exception rather than the rule. Get back on your plan as soon as safely possible. Don't waste time beating yourself up for anything that has happened. Try to learn from it and move on. These are what I would call normal bumps on my journey to health. It seems that I've had a bunch of these over the last three years. That's an understatement if ever I've seen one! LOL The thing that warms the heart is the proud feeling that I get when I pull myself up and get right back on my program! Sometimes it takes more effort than other times but... I've done it!