Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I am really taken aback by how many people were concerned about my migraine! I've been getting migraines since I was a small child. Most of the women in my family get them, and they didn't skip me. In the beginning, it wasn't very often, but then high school came, when I was incredibly worried about whether I would get into a good college and I had to keep up my gpa. They got more frequent, maybe around once a month. Then in med school, about 2 a month. Then residency, 1 a week. In residency, you don't call off for anything less than loss of a limb or spontaneous bleeding from your ears and eyes. So I worked through the migraines. My friends thought I was one tough customer, but what do you do? You just pull through.
It did make me a very compassionate physician, especially when it came to pain. There is good even in the bad, though often when one is going through the bad, the good seems not to exist. You would be amazed at the number of young children that have migraines these days. Kids have much more to deal with, more stressors, than we ever did, and we had our share.
I've been on multiple meds. I take an anti-depressant to try to prevent them (and deal with some of the lowness that comes with constant headaches). Imitrex helps, but you can't take it every day, so that's where the Excedrin comes in. And I don't take it every time I get a headache because too much hurts my belly. If I get a really unmanageable one, one that I absolutely cannot stand, I go to the E.R. They are incredibly good to me most of the time. But thankfully this rarely happens (knock on wood!).
I am forever grateful for how many people offered a "get well." I have a some great readers! Thanks so much.
Posted by Erin Wallace at 10:13 PM