Waiting on migraine
Today’s prompt: What are the toughest treatment choices you face when balancing Cluster Headache and Migraine with other health conditions.
I never really had any other health conditions until recently. I used to just have acute conditions (like a cold) that were easily resolved. If anything else showed up, it was minor enough that I rationalized I could put it off “until I got the headaches under control”. Until one day I realized I’d been putting off taking care of my health for over 30 years. Nothing else mattered except getting rid of the pain. Now it’s getting complicated. A few years ago I started having musculoskeletal problems that were just as disabling as a Cluster Headache or Migraine. I couldn’t ignore this. It had been brought on by a combination of genetics, poor body mechanics, a history of falls & accidents, and the sedentary lifestyle I was forced to live as a result of headache disorders.
At first the doctors just recommended I take Hydrocodone. When I explained my concerns about the risk of making the headaches worse, most seemed surprised. I didn’t want to mask the pain of one problem only to create more problems in another area. Finally after months of complaining, I got some effective responses. I was referred for physical therapy, got diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea, and found a great pain management clinic for trigger point injections and epidurals.
I started paying attention to my whole body, not just my head. It’s still a delicate balance. At least now I’m in tune with everything.
Pain-free blessings from a Clusterhead,
June 2013 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The 2013 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is a project of FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.