I’m willing to try anything at this point to get over these headaches. The nice thing about working in technical support is that you work around problem solvers that troubleshoot their way through technical issues like doctors troubleshoot their way through medical issues. Most technical issues are vastly less complicated, but sometimes, you get a weird technical issue that stumps everyone. I’ve listened to everyone’s advice but I haven’t applied everything that I’ve been told.
After seeing Doctor-Number-Five, I filed a formal complaint with my insurance company about my grievances. Although this “Tripping On [The American Healthcare System]” series has provided some interesting writing content, I still would have preferred everything get resolved the first time, or the second time, or the third time, or the fourth time… If that was tedious, try dealing with these mindbender headaches, or, this insurance company. About one month later, I received this reply:
The first dose of ten of Prochlorperazine went down well. Doctor-Number-Seven prescribed this as a replacement to the Odansetron after mistakenly prescribing that, even after I explained that the intended anti-nausea medication gave me nausea. By comparison, I don’t feel nauseous one hour into my dosage. The headache pang that was knocking on the upper back left side of my head calmed down, but is that the medication, or because I’m writing this at home?
I had a brief respite from headaches, lasting around 72 hours, where I began to feel normal. Then I got my same old tension headache back from before. It’s almost worse to have a temporary rug pulled out from under your feet than to constantly be standing on hot coals. At least you get used to the burning. Whereas when the headache returned, after one hour of returning back on the clock, it was too painful.
Compared to my previous 6-day taper [taking 30mg on day one, 30mg, 20mg, 20mg, 10mg, then finally 10mg], this round of Prednisone is intense. It could just be the music. I’m feeling that ‘roid rage much more intensely than I did before. It could be the coffee. As long as I know it’s a biochemical reaction in my body, I can work through it. It’s the medicine fixing whatever is broken. Let’s explore these sensations.
Brain scan showed all clear. Having had the same lingering tension headache for over two weeks, with increasing light-sensitivity related migraine headaches, and newly developing hypertension pangs, when I was looking up at the walls of the brain scanner, I was thinking, man, this could be it. No more trash-talking albums, no more writing stupid things for nobody to read, and worst of all, no more efforts toward “The Story.” Sorry to disappoint the haters.
Between the “migraine cocktail” that they put me on of Hydromorphone, Ketorolac, and Prochlorperazine, this next round of Prednisone, and getting an all-clear from a brain scan, I’m feeling better. My symptoms were increasing, my health felt like it was declining, and my concentration was getting cloudy. Still, as I neighbored a detoxing addict and someone screaming out in pain, I rightfully seemed an outsider. Who was I complaining about headaches when I could walk-in?
In technical support, we prefer to have the error message present while troubleshooting, especially if we can recreate the same issue, in order to diagnose the root cause of issues and resolve the issue permanently. I suppose it’s the same in the medical field. When I went to Doctor-Number-One through -Four, including Neurologist-Number-One, they thought I was fine because I had to wait until my headaches subsided before I had the cognitive ability to drive…
“I see that you are becoming sicker by the day and I am very sorry this is taking the time it has taken.” While I advocate for learning to endure the minor stressors of life, when all that shit piles up, without any hope of seeing through it, that’s when you take all that evidence, and say to everyone in the most work-safe, politically-correct way possible: what the actual fuck? I’m sick of being sick.
I’ve found that if I push myself too far in any direction for any period of time, invariably, I will end up receiving additional symptoms. My pressure headaches were going on long enough that eye headaches/migraines started occurring. If I can fix both, great, but half of it will be with rest, and the other half is through not getting sicker with random colds, flus, or other irritants that could prevent me from feeling better.