This post is mostly just written for me so I can keep up with all of this new medical crap going on with me, so FEEL FREE TO SKIP THIS POST!!! It will likely contain stuff that makes no sense to people who don't have migraines. But I wanted to keep a record of all of this. Basically, I got really frustrated with the level of care I was getting from the neurologist I was seeing. The last thing he did was order another MRI which showed severe sinus blockage. So I went to an ENT for that. He put me on two nasal sprays and this amazing thing called a neilmed sinus rinse that I've been using every night! It's kind of like a netti pot but it's a spray bottle instead. Basically it blows saline up one side of your nose and out the other :p He also suggested I see an allergist to get allergy tested for any possible food allergies I'm not aware of that could be triggering migraines.
So today I went back to my old neurologist who I realized I desperately missed once I saw her and I saw my allergist. When my neurologist first saw me and started going over my old file from 2006, she said that the initial regimen of medication I was on had me at 4-5 headaches a month!!!! Holy shit! That was my reaction, lol. I'm having 5-7 a week at this point. So we're going back to the old medication regimen which is 125mg of amitriptyline and 75mg of topomax. In addition to that she gave me some phenergan for nausea and some piroxicam which is an anti-inflammatory drug. The big change is, she's taking me off of my vicodin which I don't know if I like or not. That drug, while it is a narcotic, is my savior sometimes. It's the only thing that gets rid of my headaches. But at the same time, I don't want to be on it for the rest of my life. So we'll see how it goes.
I also asked her to take me off of my cymbalta which she's doing thankfully. It's an antidepressant which she had put me on years ago to counteract the side effects of the depakote I was on. I can't wait to get off of that. Then there's ANOTHER big change. Doctors always tell me to quit smoking and I always say "I know I know" but this time when she told me I need to quit, I asked for a script for Chantix, which is a drug to help quit. So I'm actually going to try to do this!!!
Then of course she wanted me to do some bloodwork so I went and did that. From there, I went to my allergist appointment where he asked a bunch of questions and told me to come back Thursday to do food and inhalant allergy testing and ordered yet MORE bloodwork. So I have been stuck twice today :/
To counteract all of this misery, can you guess what I did? Yep...more gardening :p I went to my local nursery and bought these gorgeous impatiens and two beautiful kalanchoes and planted them together in an old wooden bucket we have. I also noticed that my irises are getting ready to open and they look like they'll be so pretty :D Other pics are my continuing adventures in subirrigation gardening and my brand new mosquito plant that I bought! It repels mosquitos and is actually a geranium that smells like citronella...pretty cool, eh?