I’ve been trying to write for a long time, but the words just haven’t come. There are a couple of topics I want to write about, but they are sensitive, and they may offend some people who read my blog. It’s a true dilemma. I want to be true to myself and my readers, but I don’t want to hurt anyone. So I feel stuck.
My brain is also just not working like it used to, I’m thinking that having a moderate to severe headache for almost 2 years has something to do with that. They’ve just been getting worse. I had another visit to the migraine doctor and she changed up the Diamox; she had to, it was driving me crazy with all the side effects and I wasn’t going to take it anymore. She put me on Methazolamide. It’s in the same family as Diamox but it is supposed to be more easily tolerated. So far I am tolerating it, but it is doing nothing for my headaches. I feel like she doesn’t take me seriously since most of my migraines are moderate in intensity. A moderate headache (between a 4 and 6 on the 0 – 10 scale) every day can be pretty debilitating. At least I do have a few hours here and there where my headache is mild, but it’s still there, all the time. My brain is mush.
I started to order supplements that are supposed to help with migraines, but I’m seeing the functional medicine doctor next week, I’m sure they will suggest supplements. So, it will wait until the 18th. I’m excited about going to the Functional Medicine doctor. I’ll write all about it after my visit. I was supposed to go a while back but we thought we might be moving and didn’t want to get started with another doctor. But it looks like we’ll be here for a while, so let’s get started.
I was reading on the American Migraine Foundation site and the University of Maryland site about supplements that help with migraines. (be sure to check out those sites for information on supplements for migraines) I’ve already tried looking for triggers in foods and everything else I can think of. The only things that really trigger a headache for me is the weather, and strong smells. Sometimes bright lights can do it. So I’m searching for alternative treatments. I’ve tried acupuncture and chiropractic, they didn’t work for me. I know that magnesium can help with migraines but I found it caused diarrhea. My migraine doctor suggested a different type of magnesium that is easier to absorb, (magnesium glycinate or gluconate). Who knew there were so many different types of magnesium, I counted 7 yesterday when I was researching it. How is one supposed to know what you need?
I decided to wait on starting the new magnesium until I found out if this medicine she gave me worked. (I already take magnesium, but it’s the kind that upsets your tummy so I don’t think I’m taking a therapeutic dose.) She still says to give this new medication a month at the highest dose. I hate to say it, but I’m ready to look for something else. I just don’t think the medications is going to help, so far my headaches have been more severe. I’ve been on the medication for about a month now, I’ve been on the highest dose for a week now. It’s a very hard medicine for me to keep up with . I have to take it 3 times a day. It’s the only med that I need to take in the middle of the day and I can’t remember it. (I haven’t missed a dose, I just don’t feel that I’ve timed it out well) I installed a timer on my phone, hopefully that will help, as long as my phone is close enough to hear. Great thing about this medication, it has greatly reduced my appetite. I’m losing weight again, finally, after so much trying. I’m very excited about this. Now if I can keep it off when I go off the medication.
The thought of adding more supplements or medications to my regime is overwhelming. I take so many pills, surely I don’t need all of them. But I’m not one to just go off of medications. I will go over all of them with the Functional Medicine doctor and we will see what he has to say.
“Functional Medicine is the deepest and most powerful approach to prevention and reversal of disease that I have encountered. It systematically discovers and addresses the root causes of disease and uses sophisticated treatments that lead to dramatically improved outcomes” ~ Robert Sheeler MD, Editor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic Heath Letter
If you are curious about where I’m going, then please check it out. Optimal Health Medicine Center
Since I’m giving an update on me I may as well tell you about my vertigo. I’ve been having a lot of short spurts of vertigo. It may be migraine related instead of Meniere’s, but it is really hard to tell at this stage. I’ve fallen twice in the past 2 weeks. Luckily I remember to just crumple myself on the floor instead of falling hard. Both times I went down on my artificial hip. Luckily, I didn’t hurt myself at all. Think I need to use my walker at home more often.
So, I’ve been rambling. At least I’m writing, right? Today I just had to get out what has been going on recently. Perhaps soon I’ll write about the other things on my mind. I really want to keep my blog open and honest and not writing about these things that are going on in my life, feels dishonest. Perhaps I’ll write about easier things first. maybe.
Thank you all for following me. I’m glad you like Mindfulness Monday. I’m going to try to get out more posts, I promise.
What would you do? If you thought a topic might cause some upheaval, would you still write about it? It isn’t anything that everyone in my family doesn’t know about, they just don’t believe it all. Then the other topic is about medical marijuana….since it isn’t legal in my state, I’m not sure I should write about it.