Health Update

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You have no idea how many times I’ve started and stopped writing this blog post. The gist of what I’d like to say is this: I took a two-week medical leave from work and it didn’t do anything to curb or lighten my migraines. So after two weeks of resting and de-stressing, I now know that work and work-related stress is almost certainly not the cause of my migraines. In fact, while I was off for those two weeks I still got migraines just as frequently (i.e. nearly every single day).

What are my next steps? Seeing a neurologist who I’ve been told is not booking until Summer 2020. In the meantime while I wait for an appointment, I’m going to do the best I can to tolerate and manage the pain (which is what I’ve been doing all along for the last decade).

I did have an appointment to visit a local pain clinic for medical Botox injections, but I chickened out and cancelled at the last minute because your girl is wary of having chemical substances injected into the back of her neck on the off-chance it’ll cure my migraines. Trouble is – and this is what my family doctor told me – there haven’t been enough studies done to prove that Botox does indeed help alleviate and cure pain attributed to chronic migraines.

I’m living with a very real disease and, quite frankly, I’m exhausted. My body and my mind is truly, genuinely tired of trying to find a cure and/or treatment that works. At this point in my life, I’m pretty much done trying to help myself – I just want to rest. Listen, I know that there’s something out there that can help me, I do. But you know what I need right now? RIGHT NOW? I need to not worry about this condition I have anymore. This time, instead of taking a two-week medical leave from work, I’m taking an extended medical leave from worrying about it.

 

 

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  1. I’m so sorry you are going through this. I’d been missing your posts and hoping that you were OK. Chronic illness is so frustrating. And doctors really do seem to play the guessing game. I was told my endometriosis was stress/poor core strength/exercise injury from building my core/more stress. Good for you for listening to your gut on the treatment path. Hopefully you can do some nice things as the holiday approaches to take a mental break from it all. Xx

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