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.