The headaches have been rough and are not letting up. I have pretty much decided they are rebound headaches. I do have some plans on some treatment options, just in case, but I decided this afternoon I am going to start weaning myself off of the narcotics.
That means that the next few weeks could be pretty hellish. Not that they aren't already, in some ways.
One thing I am going to try is some reflexology. Whatever is wrong, I know I have problems with tension and tightness in my neck and shoulders and I have heard and read that reflexology can help that a lot. So I am going to look into that.
I have an appointment with my spine doctor to talk to her about some alternatives to the narcotics. I know she will mention the injections, but I cannot afford that right now (and they never really did a lot of good anyway). Perhaps some other kind of anti-inflamatory or something will help.
I went to a headache doctor late last year and he is the one who told me I was having rebound headaches then. He wanted to put me in the hospital for five days to strip the narcotics out of me and start me on a regimen to help the headaches. I could not take the time off work then, so I just weaned myself off the narcotics myself. But I gained 40 pounds in the process. Then my back got really bad again and I had to go back on pain meds again. So I am going to have to be very careful in the process this time. I wish I had the money to go in the hospital to do this. I really do. It is so hard to break your dependence on them, even when you have not been abusing them.
The symptoms, as I remember them, are extreme restlessness, including restless legs, insomnia, irritability, and wanting to eat everything in sight, especially sweets. I am going to have to wean myself off of them much more slowly this time. It is not worth gaining all that weight, because then I will have increased pain again, which will make me need the pain meds more again, which will start the cycle all over again. I think beginning with next paycheck I will do the Subway Diet again and see if I can lose some weight during the process. During the process of the restlessness, I need to use that opportunity for activity, including walking, riding my bike, going to the fitness center, and riding my recumbent bike (if I can get the guy over here to finally get it fixed). I will have to be prepared for all of these negative side effects and have a game plan.
I know it will be very difficult and I will not want to do the right thing a lot of the time. The most difficult part, I think, will be my cubie's candy bowl. I don't know why she feels the need to have that thing. I am going to have to make it an absolute no-no. I am going to give myself permission to sleep a lot when I am not working, mainly because when I have a headache, that is often the only way I can get away from it. When I am working will be the most difficult part. But sometimes when my head hurts, I feel naseous.
If I can steel myself to a difficult couple of months, by the first of next year, I could be feeling a lot better and possibly have a good little bit of weight off, which will help my back pain. The back pain hasn't been toooo bad lately, anyway.
In the meantime, I have been pretty miserable the last few days. I am on the verge of tears a lot of the time, but if I give in to them, that sets off the headache even worse, which makes me really nauseous, etc., etc. I am taking way too many pills just trying to get through my days (most OTC). That is not good. I am sitting on the heating pad a lot when I get home, trying to get my muscles to relax. I did get my muscle relaxants filled today, hoping that will help some.
One more thing to deal with.