I am supposed to get another massage today, so we will see if that helps any. Something has to give with these headaches. This morning it is a bad one. No coping with this one on a long-term basis. I will talk to the doctor about it Saturday. The trouble is, so many doctors start out trying to diagnose it as migraines when they hear how often I have them. But treating it as a migraine has never worked. I took Topamax late last year. It didn’t help, and I felt dopey all the time. Not drugged, but like I couldn’t remember things or pull up the right word. I read somewhere that Topamax is nicknamed “Dopamax,” and I found that appropriate. It wasn’t helping enough, so I quit taking it. I am going to tell the doctor about my reading and how the description of “cervicogenic headache” describes my symptoms to a T. The thing is, I have to decide if I am ready to spend big bucks on some of the treatments for it (injections, etc.). If the injections are anything like those I have had in my back, they will cost somewhere around $1,200 each. I hope that more conservative treatment, such as massage therapy, will help.
I am doing a regular (WW) eating day today (no protein bars, etc.). I had a banana when I first got up, since my stomach was growly and I needed to take some medicine. Breakfast was a peanut butter sandwich (2 slices light bread with 2 T. peanut butter) for 7 points. I had another banana mid-morning (I know that is probably not a good idea, but it seemed the best option at the time – I was really hungry). I took an appetite suppressant I have used in the past, just to see if it would help get my appetite on a better plane. I was hungry again around 11:00 and so ate some baby carrots. I also drank down some water.
I have now had my massage and my lunch. I feel much better after the massage. I don’t know how long it will last, but it is definitely helping. She will be gone on vacation next week, so unless I find someone else next week, I will have to suffer through until she gets back. I know that as I have them on a regular basis, what she is doing will begin to stick. Then I can just get one every couple of weeks to maintain. $1 a minute for a 20-30 minute massage is affordable. During these massages, she does a lot of work, pushing my shoulders down. And as I was sitting here at my computer, I had my elbows propped, one on the desk at my left side, and my right one on the arm of my chair. Doing this lifts my shoulders into a slight “shrug.” Remembering the work the MT had been doing, I put my elbows at my sides, causing my shoulders to drop significantly, and instantly, I felt tension lift from my neck and shoulders. After having to have the cervical fusion a couple of years ago, I have wondered if the fact that I slept in a chair for pretty much 3 years (it made my lower back feel better than the bed I had at the time) caused the breakdown in my cervical spine that led to the surgery. As was the case at my desk, while sleeping I kept my elbows propped on the arms of the chair and kept my shoulders in a perpetual shrug as I slept every night. This may have made my lower back feel better, but I am betting it contributed to my neck problems. So I will try to watch myself and not do that at my desk or watching television from my recliner. Shoulders down feels much better!
For lunch, I had a wrap made with a spinach wrap, grilled chicken, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo, some pickled jalapeno slices, a little sprinkling of cheese and some salsa. I was hungry for the Mexican flair. It was pretty good, but I could get something much better at Chipotle. I wish the downtown one was a little closer. I watched them make it, and added up the points and it came to 8. Not bad. I also had some strawberries. These were good ones – yum!
Now, if I could only have a nap….
For a snack I had a light key lime yogurt, 2 points. Dinner was leftover Swiss Steak with some mashed potatoes, and some grapes. I ended the day with some popcorn to use the rest of my points. If everything holds steady, I stayed within my points target today. Now, I'm off to walk Cas, then do a few more chores before bed. Thanks goodness tomorrow is Friday and next week is a 4-day work week (although we have to come back Friday after being back Thursday; what a bummer).