Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Stop your whining

I've turned into one of those people. Recently, I've been complaining - a lot. It's annoying to me and those around me. I say "Not now, I'm tired." and "Maybe later, when my head hurts less." Or the one I think I should use more frequently "After I have a nap." Whine, whine, whine.

If we have learnt anything over the last 19 months it is that my head hurts less when I get enough sleep and when I take my migraine med. We also know that stress and lack of sleep can make me a banshee difficult to live with. Thankfully apart from the Easter Weekend I have been feeling quite a bit better than last year.

Dr Jesse was away recently so I saw another doctor at the same practice. He is also good looking but more in a baby faced way. For anonymity we shall refer to him as Dr Chase. Check out the representation below:

Image from: http://www.fox.com/_photos/shows/house/extras/season_7/

Yes, he does look like Dr Jesse. There may be a bit of a family resemblance there. Dr Chase is nice but he delivered some unwelcome news. The migraine med which I have used since mid last year is less available than it has been. Apparently it is highly addictive and the government doesn't want it to be so easy to get anymore. So, despite the Neurologist saying I have to take it and my preventative every day until I have had no pain for 4 to 5 weeks, I have gone from having enough for one a day to only having 8 tablets over 8 weeks.

Because of this, Dr Chase started me on another preventative medication to add to the one I've been on since mid last year. It can take up to 6 weeks to work and I get to take it morning and night. I've also seen Dr Jesse on the meantime and my other preventer medication dose was put up as well.

My night time meds last week (plus some pain relief)
Some days I feel like I rattle. I take 4 tablets to 'prevent' my headache (or in reality just make it less annoying). On good days, the pain is only mild so I only take them and maybe a couple of paracetamol. On other days, if a drink or a shower is too hot or cold then the pain escalates and doesn't subside for long time. I guess that's why I have 4 different pain relievers.
But hey, I'm grateful that there is nothing really wrong with me. I read blogs where other people (or their family and friends) are facing or have faced life threatening illnesses and really, I have nothing to complain about.
I read about Megan (who got sick from the meds helping her fight leukemia and ended up with a liver transplant due to liver failure), Ashlea and her family (her dad donated a kidney to her and ended up in ICU) and Nicola (who is 4 and in pain from cancer). These blogs are mostly happy and upbeat.
I need to take a leaf from their books and stop my whining.
Edited to add:
Nicola got her angel wings on Saturday 27 October 2012. My thoughts go out to her family, friends and everyone touched by her life. R.I.P. Nicola.



You're allowed to whine now and then. Everybody's problems are relative. x

Sarah said...

It's allowed E. Constant pain gets you down.

As Cate says, it's all relative, knowing that there are people in a worse position doesn't make your situation any easier to cope with so please don't feel it should.

i hope they get your meds sorted very soon and you can be pain free. x

Wanderlust said...

I'm with Sarah. Constant pain can really wear your down. I tried a couple of daily meds to prevent migraines, but neither worked real well and both had side effects I didn't like. I used to get them at least every week. This went on for years, but lately I only get them rarely (maybe once a month, if that). I'm not sure why. I wish I could tell you my diet was improved or I had less stress in my life of something concrete to point to. One thing I did finally find that worked to abort them were shots of sumatriptan (called Imitrex here). The pills didn't work. The shots get into my system faster and actually abort the headache.

Anyway, I know what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. I guess I'm just trying to say, hang in there and keep trying different solutions until you find something that works. Good luck! x


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