Since I am in between appointments with my Migraine specialist (I currently go once every three months), I am doing a bit of reflecting on just how am I doing? I get asked that question a lot. Just today, someone asked me, "how are your headaches?" Someone else asked me today, "how is your head doing?" It is so hard for me to answer these questions. I mean I could literally take 10 minutes to answer the question, but they really don't want to know all that. I usually decide how to answer the question based on how genuinely interested the person is. I know by now which ones really want to know and which ones are just making conversation. The ones that truly care and want to know get a much more detailed answer than the latter ones. They get very short answers.
So tonight, I am searching my heart and asking myself, "How am I doing?" I wrote about my last appointment with my Migraine specialist in my SharePost entitled "My Migraine Journey: Fourth Specialist Visit." I would like to share with you how I think I am doing.
Although my next appointment with my Migraine specialist isn't until the end of next month, I've already started my list of questions and my notes that I want to discuss with my doctor at the appointment. Here's what I have so far.
- I learned pretty quickly that the Pennsaid that she gave me doesn't help with my neck pain, so I will tell her that.
- I wanted to ask her about taking something to help me sleep. I decided instead of waiting until my next appointment that I would call and ask her about this. My chiropractor had suggested a homeopathic drug so I called her office and left a message for her asking about it. Her response to that question was absolutely not. I also asked her in that message about Melatonin. She said I could take it but that when I came back to her she would take me off of it. Something about it disrupts the sleep pattern. I didn't understand the explanation but if she was going to take me off of it anyway, I didn't see the point in trying it the Melatonin. And since I respect her opinion the suggestion from my chiropractor went out the window as well.
- I also wrote down to ask her about my neck pain again. I keep wondering if there are more tests that could be done to check out my neck or is all of the discomfort / pain from the Migraine itself. It probably is just from the Migraine based on what I have read, but I will probably ask her anyway.
Now would be a good time to point out that I am not an expert when it comes to Migraines. I may be an expert Migraine patient but that's about it. I am just here trying to share my story in hopes that someone else who is struggling can learn something helpful and hopefully be encouraged.
So back to how I am doing. Overall, I really think I am better. My mind is much clearer which I am thrilled about!!! I don't know if it is because the Migraines are less intense or it is because we increased my Celexa from 10 mg to 20 mg / day. But I am thrilled to be thinking more clearly more often. A friend of mine asked if it could be because I am taking less medication.