Friday, February 13, 2009

Can I have a side of tension headaches?

After two months of no headaches, they came back. Pretty much as soon as I bragged here on the ol' bloggy, they came back daily. Nothing I can't handle, but what a distracting pain in the butt! I finally called up yesterday because no over the counter meds were even making a dent in my headache...of course this didn't stop me and Mario from running away and going to Disneyland for the evening. However, the fact that meds weren't working started concerning me. Luckily I have an awesome doctor willing to spend time with me and talk out my issues. We talked migraines, headaches, allergies, blood pressure and addictions.

We'll start out with the headaches. I explained my different head pains. Most of my headaches felt like a really dull throbbing in the back of my head from ear to ear. It feels like someone has the back of my head in a vise and my neck eventually completely tenses up. Dr F decided that my daily headaches sounded more like tension headaches. Totally logical. My others are migraines. So I need to keep a headache diary...I'm thinking pink with a little lock on it.

Next we discussed my blood pressure being a little high. This isn't the first time this has happened. Last time, I was very stressed out with my new business, I was living in a tiny apartment that I hated, I had been sick, and someone had emptied my bank account via a Walmart in Texas. I was stressed. Well, they wanted me to come back in two weeks to check my blood pressure again. After getting over my cold, having my money replaced, dealing with my tiny apartment and job stresses, and a really good massage; my blood pressure went back to text book perfect. They're not sure how I did it. The doctor made them check my blood pressure a few times. Perfect every time. He was amazed that I could bring it back down so quickly.

This brings me to my allergies. If you live in LA you have allergies...have you seen the smog!? Well, after trying anti-histamines and decongestants, I found the miracle nasil spray. A quick spray and I can breath all day long. Well, This made me think about a friend of my sister. He was in his early 20s and had really high blood pressure. They couldn't figure it out. Well turned out he used Visine...a lot. He used it to get rid of the red in his eyes. Daily. Well, the directions say to only use it temporarily. If you continue to use it, it will actually make your eyes red. Then he would use it to get the red out again. It was a vicious circle. Well, as an added bonus, it also makes your blood pressure rise. Took him off the Visine and he was better.

So, I asked Dr F if the nasil spray could be making my blood pressure rise. Her response was hell yes! She said that nasil spray is amazing. It lets you breath, but it's so addictive. She said we have to check for sure that it's affecting my BP, but I need to stop using the spray. She said it would be hell. She told me I'd be miserable. It would get way worse before it got better.

When I put it together even more... I was sick when my BP too high last time. When I went back to get checked I wasn't taking anything and my BP was miraculously normal. So we're thinking that I'm sensitive to medications resulting in high blood pressure. So, we're gonna see how this goes. I last used the spray this morning. No more spray! High Blood pressure scares the crap out of me! Wish me luck...nothing like a good scare!

1 comment:

  1. It looks like the two of you have this nipped in the bud! I was getting a little worried there.


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