Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Migraine Hangover

I don't know how many of you have migraines or have ever had a migraine...but I always feel somewhat hungover the next day.  Befuddled (I love this word), confused fuzzy, sleepy, foggy... Confuzzled (Emily and her Mom like to use this word) all those are excellent descriptive words for how I feel. 
However, the migraine has subsided a bit today.  So if I can just manage to get through today without falling asleep or just plain old falling...then I am in business!!! 

Since I am talking about Migraines...Friday is a big day!  I am having my second migraine treatment at the fancy neurologist's office.  31 shots of Botox.  I am sure I have discussed the whole Botox thing before...but just in is a brief explanation.  Most of  you probably associate Botox as an anti-aging treatment for lines/wrinkles etc...However, in the past few years, researchers have found that Botox has proven to be an effective treatment for chronic Migraine headaches.  So about 3 months ago, I went to Dr. Randolph Evans (a.k.a-fancy neurologist)...who is a leading Migraine headache specialist in this part of the world.  He suggested that I try the Botox treatment and so...I had my first in June...31 shots to the head!!!  At first, I did not think it worked and thought it was just another failed attempt to treat these migraines...however, after a few weeks, the intensity of the migraines began to improve.  So...I am going in for another treatment on Friday...another 31 shots to the head and a weekend of Flu like symptoms...but well worth the inconvenience if it stops the headaches. 

Of course, like many of my health problems, Dr. Evans thinks that weight loss will help to diminish the symptoms.  He noted that there are new studies out there connecting migraines to obesity.  He told me that there are preliminary test results supporting a reduction in Migraines through weight loss surgery. 
However, he was clear that those studies have not been fully verified.  Regardless, I have chosen this way to lose the weight and am hoping that my general health improves so significantly that the Migraines will be a thing of the past.  He will find out on Friday about my Journey 120 decision. 

So...if you have a minute and can send a prayer up for me on Friday...My treatment is at 4:00 PM.

 I am hoping the flu-like symptoms are minimal so that I can be ready to roll again on Monday.  My workouts will be probably be really light over the weekend. 

Tonight I am going to work out and work through my headache.  I truly have seen positive results from my workouts...the tough part is just making the decision to go to the gym.  But I have my stuff with me tonight and will be headed to the YMCA after work.

My co-worker, super "team mate"  Lindsey sent me a really sweet message of support yesterday telling me to listen the below song.  It has one of my favorite Bible verses in the lyrics.  Hope you enjoy!  Thank you sweet Lindsey!!!  Strong Enough-Matthew West

"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me"
Philippians 4:13

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