On my way out of my first physical therapy session, about ninety minutes after signing documents including one asking not to take photographs, I took a photo of the diagnosis of the month: inflammation. I was curious. Taking nabumetone restored my lifestyle by reducing inflammation. I am willing to learn and do anything to live normally again, plus, I’ve always been curious about cutting through my dietary weaknesses. My meeting with Doctor-Number-Twelve was… well… …fruitful.
I used to be trepidation about meeting with management in general. Early on, I had some key negative experiences from supervisors that power-tripped and manipulated, perhaps somewhat necessarily, so I’ve always been on edge. Now, though, after all these headaches, maybe it’s the sunglasses, but I’m just rolling with the punches now. If they want to fire me, cool, but fortunately it seems that the medical paperwork I’ve filed has led to empathy from management.
As a casual conundrum, I wonder, is it better to get out to concerts even if the overall experience was just alright? What if nothing was fantastic? What if I had no new realizations over life or music? What if it was just an evening out, money spent on things, and time away from other hobbies? I used to disdain these sorts of evenings because I didn’t have any content to generate after returning home…
“The MRI brain scan turned out well. They found the brain… and found nothing remarkable.” When you’ve been in constant pain and have seen now twelve doctors in various disciplines, you’ve just gotta have a good sense of humor about it. Whether it’s self-deprecating humor, or whatever your choice, because otherwise you let the frustration of not knowing what’s wrong, seeing specialists, not progressing, and it all just gets to be too overwhelming to tolerate.
What’s in the name of a headache? A tension headache is different than a sinus headache is different than an eye-strain headache with visual aura is different than a cervicogenic headache, right? In Heal Your Headache, David Buchholz, M.D., says that all of these sorts of headaches derive from the same place – migraine – and so if we only treat one aspect of the whole, we miss the root cause, and end up with incomplete treatment.
It feels good to be back into rowing again. Even at a light pace, there’s just something about getting on the machine and losing myself in the motions for a time that’s nice. After four physical therapy sessions with increasingly positive results after each other than mild back strains, an “unremarkable” MRI, and otherwise bouncing back well, I was told to get back into rowing. I noticed some minor pangs, but so far, so good.
As long as I’m working in Corporate America, I’ll need to take medical limiters to prevent the stress of working from overwhelming me to the point of headaches. There’s a sour irony in working high-stress jobs to get the insurance necessary to pay a discount for medication that is required to continue working high-stress jobs. I could go without, but then, why lower my body’s trigger-point for headaches? It’s a vicious cycle, but it’s common.
The thing about physical therapy is that you’ll end up doing the same handful of stretches repeatedly. It’s not about a race or doing as many reps as you can as quickly as you can. It’s more about doing what’s necessary to get your body back into its best shape. But then, if we do it wrong, it’s almost worse. I had accidentally tweaked my back for a day. I felt a pop halfway down.
I couldn’t get any photos in the MRI machine; no metals or electronics. I switched into this hospital gown, received Saline and Gadobutrol, and was ready to get my brain scanned to [find my mind] look for any problems that could be causing these headaches. They’ve lessened in severity over the past few weeks, but they’re still kicking. I almost felt relief when I felt pressure in the back of my head during the MRI.
Among the myriad triggers that can potentially cause headaches as outlined in Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., the one dietary trigger I am not willing to give up yet is caffeine. My addiction to caffeine is complicated. I can live without caffeine in the short-term, it’s just not a life where I can do all I want to do. I could adapt if forced; I’d rather reduce any other headache triggers first.