Migraines, pt. 2

So yesterday I ended a four day migraine. Over the last couple of years, I’ve mainly gotten away with one day migraines that I could sleep off overnight. This last one, though, was a doozy that clung to me from day to day to day to day.

Yesterday, I wandered into my neurologist’s office, just a floor up from my psychiatrist’s office where I had an already scheduled appointment. I expected to leave a message for the nurse, further expecting that she would return my call and then order up a steroid pack for me. I had exhausted my other options: Fioricet, Cataflam, Midrin, and Lortab.

To my great delight, I discovered that my neuro has opened a migraine clinic! Within ten minutes, I was in a dark room talking to a nurse practitioner and ten minutes after that, I had my hip out getting an injection of Toradol and steroids. Had I had someone to drive me home, they would have given me some nice fat sedating meds, too. Alas, that wasn’t the case. But with the Toradol, I got to come home with an eased head and room to sleep off the migraine. Last night, I was pain free for the first time in days.

The next issue to address is why I have a constant low grade headache. As soon as the drugstore can get it filled, I’ll go on a med we haven’t tried yet, Calan. I’ve also determined I need to be more intentional with my diet. I’m not drinking enough water and too much booze when dehydration is killer for migraines. Chocolate is out, including the oatmeal chocolate smoothie I had for breakfast, as nourishing as it was. I eat a plant based diet, which is good, but I need to eat more constantly, making sure that I keep my blood sugar steady. I also need to make sure I’m getting enough sleep, a constant challenge for bipolar me.

So mainly good news: new migraine clinic, new med, a refocusing on lifestyle. First world solutions I’m lucky to have.

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