As some of you may know, I have been dealing with chronic head pain for about two months now. Much too long. I have had two IV therapy infusions in my doctor's office where they loaded me up with medications hoping to break my cycle of pain.
SO, I finally had my lumbar puncture, on Thursday, May 31, just a few days before I was leaving for the American Headache Society Conference with Teri. My opening spinal pressure was 284, high by any standards. Normal pressure should be under 200, and a bit higher some say for us "plus size" folks. But of course there is a TON of debate on that issue. As soon as my doctor drew off the fluid, I could feel the pressure in my head release. What a wonderful feeling.
This brings me to a very important point. I knew that my head pain was from IIH (Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, aka Pseudotumor Cerebri). Being more insistant about having a lumbar puncture after the first IV infusion was the route I should have taken. When we KNOW what our body is telling us, it is imperative to take the leadership role and help guide our doctors to find the best treatment we deserve. Yes, it is true they are the experts in the medical profession, but we are the experts in regards to our bodies. I won't forget that anytime soon.
Published On: June 17, 2007