Monday, May 11, 2015
Bat fit update post - living with migraines
warning: this blog post may have some foul language, younger readers please be advised!
Hello there dear readers,
I have not forgotten about my Bat fit goals. In fact, my exercises were going really well until I got a cold, which turned into bronchitis last winter. This lasted for over a month. Afterwards, I was hit with a series of chronic migraines that affected my morale. In fact, it affected my personal and work life too. I was very depressed over it because I like to think that I am the type of person that is full of life; Despite how I feel, I grab life by the horns and I plough through. I was unable to do just that and it made me feel like a horrible wife and mother. It is so hard to tell your child that you can't play with him because you have a migraine.
I FINALLY found a regular family doctor, which is something that is very rare in these parts. I was relying on the clinic to treat these migraines but I need someone to follow up with me. Again, I was super lucky, I finally found a family doctor who was taking new patients. He is an old, no-nonsense sort of man but he is good and very thorough.
Apparently, I could have a vitamin deficiency which could be causing these chronic, almost daily migraines. So I am on vitamins. I am getting less migraines!
I was told, in the meantime, to keep hydrated, which I don't do enough of to begin with. I have been drinking more water. I am seeing some positive results.
I kept complaining about a very stiff neck, especially in the spring and the fall. The doctor said my migraine meds only treat the head pain and advised me to take an anti-inflammatory (such as Advil) for the neck pain. I have been getting a lot less migraines. We both suspected the migraines kept coming back because of my neck pain.
I am glad to be seeing progress so far. I am waiting another week before I re-start my exercise regime. I have been eating healthy and with the warmer temperatures, I have been out walking more often at night. The heat and the sun are major migraine triggers for me so I am careful. My yard is well shaded too and my sunglasses have always been my best friend.I even started a mini garden last weekend so expect some posts! I am losing my garden virginity!
It is not easy living with chronic pain. I used to get sporadic migraines but it seems with age and especially since childbirth, they have become more frequent. I am learning to cope and find ways to reduce them as much as possible. So much, there is success.
The important part, I feel better and feel good about myself physically.
I am taking baby steps but hopefully I can reduce these migraines by at least 25%, maybe even 50%. So far the water and the vitamins seem to be working. I go back to my doctor's in July with updates and for tests. In the meantime, I downloaded this great migraine app for my smartphone called migraine buddy. It helps you track them. I highly recommend it! Hopefully, a simple lifestyle change is in order, otherwise, I maybe put on preventives and possible disability, which I really don't want to go that route.