Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Headache Solution

For those of you that have known me for years, you know that I am a "headache girl". I get really bad headaches that have interfered with my life in big ways. I have had to go to emergency rooms, had to leave girls camp early, missed soccer games, laid in dark rooms for days, etc. They can get pretty bad when I get in a "cycle". I have literally tried EVERYTHING. I have tried multiple prevention meds including seizure medication, gotten MRIs and CAT scans, taken muscle relaxers and pain medication, gotten shots of demoral and the "headache cocktail" at the ER, taken sleeping pills, anti-anxiety meds, gotten massages, and even gotten muscle relaxer shots in my head. E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G! And nothing I tried permanently worked.


I was getting really bad headaches for weeks on end and I was miserable. I didn't want to workout or be social (that's when you know it's bad). I have met my deductible on my insurance, so I decided to get it under control while it was free for me. I went to "Dr. Ben", who was very perplexed that I have tried so many things and nothing worked. He did the normal routine of giving me pain killers and muscle relaxers. Obviously, this was not a permanent solution. I went in multiple times when I had headaches and when I didn't and they would take my vitals and decide what to do next. He made an observation that nobody has ever made before. My blood pressure spikes really high when I get headaches. My headaches are very throbbing in my temples, especially my left one. He talked with some other doctors and decided to try something a little bit different. He gave me some blood pressure medicine to prevent my blood pressure from spiking. Now, I don't have high blood pressure normally because I am young and healthy, so he gave me some medicine that lowers the pressure going to my brain. I take it every night to try and prevent the headache from even coming on.


It really has been AMAZING!! I am very pleased with how much it has helped. I don't get headaches AND I have a TON more energy. I sleep better and I don't get fatigue throughout the day. I can think clearer and I am a lot happier in my overall mood. It's so great! I have gone off the medicine to see if it really does anything and BAM! I get a headache, can't sleep, get stressed, and I am tired all day long. It's crazy!

So if you get headaches and nothing works, you should look into it! It is a different approach, but I seriously SWEAR by it!! It worked for me, so maybe it will work for you!! (wow I sound like a TV commercial)

BUT it really has changed my life!

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