Migraines and My Promise for 2012

With 2012 nearly upon us, Migraines and health have been on my mind. Should I make resolutions for the new year? I have to admit that I can be bad about procrastinating. I’ve made new year’s resolutions in the past, but what can I say?

I think of them when I’m in the middle of writing an article or blog and decide they can wait until tomorrow. That can keep happening until… well… that can keep happening for a long time.

This year, I made a great deal of progress in controlling type 2 diabetes, going from blood glucose levels that were far too high in January to levels that were in normal range by the first part of October. In the process of doing that, I lost a considerable amount of weight, which necessitated reducing the amount of verapamil I was taking for both high blood pressure and Migraine prevention. Under normal circumstances, I’d say it’s always good to be able to reduce medications, but this reduction in medication resulted in an increase in Migraine frequency.

Migraines and 2012What it comes down to is that I started 2011 with a Migraine frequency of one Migraine about every two months. I’m headed into 2012 with a Migraine frequency of one or two Migraines a week. Not good. Although I realize that’s better than many Migraineurs are doing, it makes me fearful of going back to where I was ten years ago when I was having five or six Migraines a week, and I’m simply not willing to let that happen.

Since we now have Migraine specialist care available in West Virginia, I don’t have to travel as far for help. Last month, I had my first appointment with Dr. David Watson at West Virginia University. We added another medication to my regimen – one that needs to be tapered up slowly. I’m just now up to a “regular” dosage level and waiting to see if it will work.

It may be a matter of semantics, but rather than call it a “resolution,” I’m going to set a “goal,” make myself a “promise.”

I’m going to be proactive in 2012.

Years of experience taught me that I can’t just go to a doctor and expect him or her to write a prescription that will fix everything. I’m ultimately responsible for my health, not my doctor. So, I’m going to continue to learn about Migraines and my other health issues, ask question, check out medications and other treatments, and do my best to work with my doctors as a treatment partner. Also, I have to watch lifestyle issues – watch my sleep habits because they’re a Migraine trigger, eat right and exercise to control my glucose levels, and do the things I know I need to do. No excuses. Yes, there will be times when I’ll need to vent to you about things being difficult, but after I vent, I promise I’ll get proactive and do something about whatever is wrong. That’s the difference between venting and whining.

The second part of being proactive is that I’m going to keep working to help us get more research funding for scientists to learn more about Migraine and other headache disorders so better treatments can be developed. That means that I’ll take every opportunity to email or call my Senators and Congressman or to go to Washington to speak with them or their staff members. There comes a point when it’s time to “put up or shut up.” When there are opportunities to email our Senators and members of Congress to urge them to support better funding or Congressional hearings, opportunities that can be realized online in a mere few minutes, it is indeed time to “put up or shut up.” If we can’t take just those few minutes to try to help ourselves, we can’t expect others to support us, and we pretty much forfeit the right to complain.

Well, there you have it. I’m going to be proactive in 2012.

What about you? Have you made any resolutions for 2012? What are they? Please post a comment and share them with us.

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