My first appointment with Dr. Mark Stillman at the Cleveland Clinic was last Thursday. He suggested that I should have a sleep study done since fibromyalgia tends to interfere with deep, REM sleep patterns. He also thought I would benefit from the clinic's IMATCH treatment program, a 5-day-a-week, 3-week outpatient program. They pretty much clean out the system of all the pain meds and current ways you are treatment headache/migraine, and then "reboot" your system, so to speak, with preventive medications. There's also individual & group physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. While I cried to think of what he said -- that he could take my daily chronic headaches to minimal migraine attacks like when I was 15 -- I now am worried. I grind my teeth and get headache after eating (thus mechanically problems there). I also have fibromyalgia, not just the headache and migraine attacks.
The cost of staying up in Cleveland. Staying there alone and possibly feeling worse than I have recently. It has seemingly stunned me, made me fearful and rigid. I know I can't stay with Excedrin forever though. My stomach hates it and the relief doesn't last. Anyone else panic over a treatment like me? I actually worried about clothing and food! Like I'll starve or something. lol (I don't have many outfits since I am no longer working.) I also was offered to go through a "detox" of sorts before, but the doctor said with my TMJ disorder and fibro, he didn't think it would make a difference. What if it doesn't work? Any positive thoughts are welcome right now. I should name this post: Nervous Nelly. :)
Published On: August 24, 2010