Terri Reed here and I'm a migraine sufferer. I wish there were a twelve step program for headaches but the closest thing I can find is the team of doctors whose offices I've visited over the past four years since my very first migraine struck. Neurologist, physical therapist, Spinal Pain management doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, MD, Dentist, ENT, Endocrinologist. Oh yeah, and some meds.
Its all so very trying and yet day and after day I seek help. I shouldn't have to suffer, not with the advances in medicine and technology. We're getting closer. Now I only have the real barn burners once a week, sometimes the stretch will be every other week. The mild, dull headaches are more consistent but I've had days without pain!, something I wasn't sure would happen. I'm learning to manage my care better, meaning--I'm more aware of what triggers my pain. Overhead lights, especially fluorescent light-- major trigger. Neck flexing--trigger. Fatigue--major trigger. Clenching my jaw-trigger. Stress-trigger(I hold my tension in my neck and shoulders which then makes my whole upper body spasm). Computer work--trigger( which is a really bad thing for a writer!) But I'm learning that if I write with a cervical collar, ice pack, bite guard, no overhead light, just natural light from the window in my office, drink lots of water, take my vitamins (deficient in D and B2) and take breaks for a little exercise, I can do what needs to be done. Which is a good thing since I have books to write!
Do you suffer migraines? What are you doing to keep going?
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