Before Tripping On The American Healthcare System, I generally thought most published medical information was good enough. Shouldn’t a book from the 70s about healthcare still be relevant today? Human bodies haven’t changed much, right? It’s our understanding of the human body, the mind, and how all that intertwines that has changed. If the doctors of today are reliant on the information of yesterday, they will be more likely to make harmful assumptions about patients.
Although Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., has a target audience of headache sufferers, I think it should be read by treaters of headaches – doctors – as well. Although many of the aspects of the book can be proactively applied by anyone that suffers headaches on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, the information in this book could cut down on patient misdiagnoses and other preventable situations. If only I’d known about this book sooner…
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was coincidental that I started this Tripping On The American Healthcare System essay-series-turned-book as an offshoot of the Sober Living essays I’ve been writing for years now. That’s my complaining space. As I’m reading more of Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., I’m seeing some of the medications I was prescribed. Sumatriptan and Ondansetron weren’t just random medications. They’re actually commonly prescribed for headache-sufferers, so writing my “trip reports” can actually be useful.
I’m not fixed up entirely, yet this vampire samurai medication is helping. Why do anti-inflammatories help so much for my headaches? We’re still not sure. I’m still waiting for the brain MRI, physical therapy, sleep study, and whatever the American Healthcare System can throw my way. Meanwhile, today, I’m writing this during the second day where I could hold coherent thoughts, concentrate for long stretches of time, and even clean house. Thanks, vampire samurai medication.
I’m not looking forward to my next weigh-in. I’ve been splurging on excessive calories for so long, I feel so bloated, and yet, up until recently, eating has been my only relief from these overwhelming mindbender headaches. It’s terrible, I know, and yet all I can do is just keep on snacking. Whenever the mildest pang of hunger strikes me, I didn’t have the willpower. Today was my first day without a headache in… well…
“We don’t know much about headaches,” was what the first doctor to talk to me about headaches, over four years, told me before describing pain sensors and blood vessels. As I’m reading Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., that still holds true, but we do know enough to work with. I’m on page 30 of 231 and there’s already enough to fill my brain with insights as to what these things are from a biological perspective.