Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dispatches from the migraine front

I saw the doctor again last Monday and the news there was iffy. It was my third appointment there (my rheumatologist is also at the same clinic) and my blood pressure is higher than it should be and Dr. A feels like it is contributing to the headaches so I'm now on a beta blocker which should help both. I felt a bit sorry for him because he rather hesitantly mentioned that we probably needed to discuss my weight at the next appointment since that could be be affecting my blood pressure. He relaxed a lot when I mentioned I knew I needed to lose weight and it would be good to discuss. I can't imagine how many people have gotten upset with him when he's brought up the weight issue. I guess it's good that I realize I'm too heavy, but at the same time I've been too damn lazy to do much about it. I think I need to take this as a wake up call and get my lazy butt back to the gym.

Overall this whole migraine experience has been an interesting mix of good and bad. On the good side I'm not taking antibiotics when I don't need to, and it helps to know that the headache will pass in the next couple of days. I've also done a lot of reading on migraines and know a lot more about them than I did going into this. On the bad side, I don't like knowing that one is going to hit me, plus some of my precursors suck. I can live with being irritable but the cognitive problems and feeling like I'm freezing are hard to take. Also, I'm starting to feel like a hypochondriac because I'm trying to pay close attention to what is going on with my body so I can tell when a migraine is coming on. It's breeding a bit of paranoia, I spend a lot of time wondering about every little thing that happens with me. I'm hoping that levels out soon, I don't want to become obsessive about it.