Monday, January 12, 2009

Bad Taste?

Another long gap in entries, and I guess that's just the way this works for me. I'm not terribly surprised, I've done the same thing when I tried to keep a diary.

My most recent bit of news is that it appears that a good chunk of the things that I thought were sinus headaches were actually migraines. This means a couple of things, the first being that it means I've taken a bunch of medication, including antibiotics, when I didn't need to which I'm not happy about. It's meant that I've had to wean myself off one of them and I don't like the idea that I've contributed to the misuse of antibiotics. I know it isn't my fault, and that migrains are frequently misdiagnosed as sinus headaches but it still bothers me. The second is that I've had to play detective and figure out what the causes of the migraines are. So far I know that the main triggers so far are my period and pressure changes. I think that big shifts in my sleep patterns may be another one. Thankfully caffiene does not seem to be a trigger and I have found that if I have some at the right point it can reduce the intensity of a migraine.

I also get to have a prescription for a medication that is a migraine interruptor. As with all my medications, I go out on the internet and check out the warnings and side effects before I get it filled, and it all seemed pretty standard. The medication came with a patient information slip and because I'd checked out side effects already I didn't look at it closer until recently. Along with having side effects that match up with the symptoms of a migraine it also had a huge list of potential side effects, including a few that I have no idea how to interpret.

One is dream abnormality. I'm not sure about anyone else, but my dreams are generally pretty strange and chaotic so what would constitute dream abnormality, maybe a dream about an ordinary day at work?

A second interesting one is inability of the tongue to move. I'm not even sure what to think of that one. Is this actual paralysis of the tongue or is it stumbling over words like you're drunk?

The final interesting one is bad taste. As someone one the snopes messageboard said this is really ambiguous. Does it mean you get a bad taste in your mouth, that you yourself taste bad, or that you sudden begin to want gold lame flares or to put in multicolored shag carpet?

So far the medication has worked well and no serious side effects yet. I'm watching out for a sudden desire of tacky knick kncaks and an interest in polyester though. . .

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