Monday, April 28, 2008

Diagnosed with migraines

After dealing with headache pains on my own for the last 3 years, I finally went to the doctor because I had used all the over the counter medications out there and all of them stopped working.

I expected them to just prescribe me prescription pain killer and had no idea that at my age that it would be anything like migraines. I was pretty suprised. I thought this happened only to older people. I am 27, and now I will be on Elavil the doctor said "indefinitely".

This came as a huge blow to someone who doesn't like taking medication all the time. Especially being forced to. Elavil has been working beautifully and I've felt normal again. Something I haven't felt in about... 3 years!

My symptoms were:
getting dizzy very easily, motion sickness in the car especially turning corners (and they didn't have to be sharp), pretty much complete loss of energy, no muscle strength, my short term memory was lost; SEVERAL times a day I would go downstairs and forget why I went there; I would talk on the phone and couldn't think of words I was trying to say and it was embarassing so I stopped calling my family, I was irritable, my eyes would flinch just putting the dishes in the dishwasher because sound was sensitive to me, my eyes were sensitive to the sun but I never thought it was a big deal because I had sunglasses, I had headaches starting from the moment I opened my eyes in the morning, so bad that often I would cry.

Never did I realize that ALL of my symptoms were interconnected. That they were the source of one problem, but apparently they are. My doctor told me that I am pretty textbook migraine sufferer.

It took them 2 months to get me on any kind of medication. You have to see a specialist for this problem, and it took a whole of 2 months to even get in to see one. It was an agonizing 2 months since the OTC painkillers had lost their effect on me.

When they did finally start me on Elavil 10mg 1 tablet at bedtime, I had no pain after day 1 of taking it! not only that, but after taking it now for 30 days, I've also noticed that my other symptoms have subsided as well. I have a lot of my short term memory back, I'm not sensitive to noise anymore, I'm happy, I'm active, I was able to start exercising again, I'm not irritable anymore. It's been a big relief. I feel normal!

Now in order to feel normal, I'll have to take this the rest of my life, but it's worth it.

1 comment:

Given55 said...

Absolutely wroth it.
God gave us Doctors and medicine for a reason.

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