It Went From Bad to Worse....
In my early 20's, I started out having a few migraines a month. My doctor did not make a big deal of it and put it to stress after surviving a life-threatening illness and trying to settle back into a normal life, after 8 months in the hospital for a serious gastrointestinal (GI) disease.
Living with chronic pain
As the years progressed, my migraines got more intense and more often. My primary doctor finally sent me to a migraine specialist. As soon as he saw my labs, and the fact that my glucose was slightly high (I'm a Type 1 diabetic, and he did not tell me to fast), he was sure it was a side effect of my diabetes and told me to see my endocrinologist-but my fasting Labs proved otherwise, but I was done with that Dr.
For a few years, I was treating chronic pain with Dilaudid, and my Primary just told me to take a 2nd one when I got a migraine, it wasn't as effective, but at least I had something that helped somewhat.
My Pseudotumor Cerebri diagnosis
Then the horrible day happened-I passed out for 8 hours, after a severe migraine, and starting with dizziness. All said, after a full year of testing, I was diagnosed with PseudoTumor Cerebri. I basically have a base headache 24/7/365. Fun, fun, fun. Not.
Today, I still am treating my symptoms of the Pseudotumor Cerebri. I still get about 3 migraines a week, and I take 3 preventative a month. I'm currently using Imitrex injections for when the Migraines find their way into my headache filled world.
I may be dealing with some major medical stuff in terms of my Headaches/Migraines, but I'm determined not to let them take over my life.
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