Taking charge

I saw my doctor today and mentioned that my headaches were back. He is pretty stumped over them too and asked if I wanted to see a neurologist. I hummed and hawed over it – I’m still not convinced this deserves the attention of a specialist, especially as I’ve seen them in the past without any long-term success. Having lived with socialized medicine all my life means it’s second nature to me to think hard before using the services available to me – they might not cost me anything but I don’t want to waste them. It has a societal cost.

But I finally said yes, please refer me to a specialist. I need help. I can’t keep popping Advil through the day and spending my evenings miserable on the couch. Maybe they won’t be able to do much, but I need to feel like I’m at least trying.

For now he gave me some sample migraine medication. It sure worked – and ridiculously fast compared to ibuprofen – but I just nearly keeled over in the bathroom from dizziness. This might not be the medication for me.

It’s a learning process, but at least I’m back to trying.


Posted on April 15, 2011, in Health, Life and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m SO glad you’re going to another doctor.

  2. me too! hope the specialist can help you. :-/

  3. I have had migraines since my mid-20s. These days, I get them most often around my period. I think it might have something to do with water retention, diet, and not drinking enough water. When I take Midol the week before my period, my headaches aren’t as bad.

    Not sure if that will help you, but it’s worth looking into.

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