Enjoying the Day

I was sitting thinking of what a beautiful day this is. Sun is shining, nice breeze, and birds singing next to my office window. It amazes me how much more I find enjoying since having my headache pain relieved. I am more relaxed and able to appreciate the little things that make a day great. What are some of the little things you find yourself appreciating that make the day great?

Headache Free!

For the first time in thirty-five years I have become headache free. At the age of fifteen I broke my nose. As a result, chronic migraines became a way of life.
The pain from these headaches would stretch from a mild annoyance to downright debilitating. They never completely went away. Attempting to manage the pain was the only option, so I was told.
My family doctor at the time told me that it was something I was going to have to live with and offered little in the way of treatment options. As time went on the pain worsened and would last for weeks. The time was right to begin searching for a new physician.
I feel lucky to have found the physician’s assistant that I am currently seeing. She has a very intuitive and caring demeanor and is not afraid to ask the tough questions to get to the root of the problem. A plan was created that included medications, exercise, and meditation. These treatments work well at keeping the severe headaches to a minimum but did little for the day to day pain. Knowing the treatment was not working – seeing a specialist was suggested.
At the first appointment with the headache and pain management specialist, I was nervous. Didn’t want to hear from him that this was a lifetime sentence, I needed paroled. About ten minuets and two simple tests later he cautioned that I was not suffering from migraines. The cause was nerve damage in my neck from the accident that broke my nose. The culprit was Cervicogenic headaches. Following two test procedures to ensure that a nerve block would work I was scheduled to have the problem nerves cauterized. This took place yesterday and I am proud to say that the headaches have been resolved. Headache free for the first time in thirty-five years. To say I feel like a new person is an understatement.
As human beings and patients we have the right to disagree with our doctor’s diagnosis. If the treatments provided by medical professionals don’t meet your needs – ask questions – get second opinion’s – see a specialist. Don’t settle for one person’s assessment and treatments. All you have to lose is pain.