Monday, March 22, 2010

The Worst Week Yet

This past week has by far been the worst one since I got my stimulator last June.  A headaches suddenly came on last Monday afternoon.  I thought it was because I hadn't really eaten all day or because I hadn't had any caffeine after drinking a lot more of it than usual the week before (I was at a meeting all week...had to stay awake somehow).  The stimulator didn't work so I went home, took my Zomig, and went to bed.  Thought it would be okay but I was down all the next day, taking more Zomig along with ibuprofen, which often helps.  I felt a bit better on Wednesday, went to work but still ended up taking my Zomig halfway through the day.  Same story the next few days.  Yesterday (Sunday) I got to the point where I dug out the Vicodin I still have stashed away and took some of that just to try to break the pain cycle.  It worked for a few hours but that's about it so that idea didn't work either.

I know I really shouldn't complain too much because the pain really is nothing compared to what it was last year at this time.  I mean, I'm still able to work for the most part, and I was able to go do a few things this weekend.  But I guess I've just gotten so used to not having pain that I'm now spoiled...if living without pain can really be considered spoiled.  I think it's sad that it is.  Anyway, I've had a few bad headaches (about one a month) since I got the stimulator but I've never had one drag out like this so it's frustrating, and honestly a bit scary.  My mind starts playing that "what if" game:  What if the stimulator doesn't work for me anymore?  What if I go back to all those medications and doctors?  What if I have to have more surgery and more wires?  I try not to do that, but sometimes it's hard not to.

Maybe it's time to go back to some physical therapy...massage, acupuncture, etc., to try to keep these headaches under better control.  Or maybe I just need to move somewhere that has more consistent weather!  Sometimes I think all these spring storms moving in and out affects me.  I hear Costa Rica is nice...


  1. My headache seems worse with certain weather and increased activity, but has never really left me. The stimulator has made my life so much better that the pain returning full strength surprises me when it happens. But only one ER visit so far this year for uncontrollable pain, so I'm not complaining!!!

    Wishing yours stayed away all the time. I had to step back and be less active, hoping you don't have to.

  2. Oh my. I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope the pain cycle is interrupted by *something* - anything - and that you have some relief soon.