What a Headache

I’ve always been someone that got headaches.  I remember when I was younger waking up in the middle of the night crying from migraines.  My dad would carry me downstairs while my mom moistened a soft cloth with cool water which she would place on my forehead.  I would take to the couch in their bedroom and wait for the pain to go away.

It was around this time that I started having seizures.  They started out as twitches, ticks, and then grew to petit mal and complex partial seizures.  It wasn’t long after that I was having 15 of these seizures a day, losing vision, time and place.  If walking I’d fall to the ground, wake up a few moments later confused and irritated.

These seizures caused a lot of trouble for me in junior high, but especially in high school.  I began missing large chunks of school, in addition to the large chunks of time that seemed to escape from me with each seizure.

MRI and CT scans showed a small mass in my brain which my neurologist associated with the seizures.  Due to it’s location and the fact it wasn’t moving or growing at any substantial rate, it was decided that a biopsy or all out removal would be unnecessary.  The negative outweighed the positive in the removal of it.  Many people have these masses and more times than not, never even know.  But it’s still something that I’m supposed to get checked on every 6-12 months, just to be safe.

After a series of unfortunate neurologist experiences…

  1. Killed her husband by poisoning him, then disappeared with my medical records
  2. Prescribed three medications with known interactions with at least two of them, then proceeded to give me a years supply of expired samples
  3. Used her drugs recreationally… though at the time the best neurologist I’d yet had
  4. Number 1 reappeared… and we actually went back to her cause she was supposedly the top pediatric neurologist in Houston
  5. Moved to Columbia where a neurologist said I didn’t have epilepsy because I didn’t have a seizure during a sleep study, never mind that I’d had several during the many previous EEGs and sleep studies
  6. Overdosed severely by emergency room Dr who tripled the dosage on my RX on accident… twice.  He no longer works at the hospital

And that’s just the abbreviated history.

I’ve now got two, fantastic, non-felon, non-addict, non-asshole, non-fuckup neurologists that work my case.

Yesterday I had yet another MRI done.  I’ve been having some pretty severe headaches everyday for the last three months or so.  I figured it was stress with school, finals, hosting a Cake and a Movie every week and just general shitty weather causing the headaches.

As they increased in both intensity and regularity, despite many of my stressors evaporating; I decided it was time to see a doctor again.  Thus the MRI and all the fun new medicines.  Above is my Midrin which is actually a combination of three medications, isometheptene mucate, dichloralphenazone and acetaminophen.  Each works differently in symphony with the other to help relieve my headaches.

I should get the MRI results next week, not expecting too much from that, except maybe what is causing the pressure on the right side of my brain which is where the pain is as well as the side where I lose some hearing, have a ringing and pain in my ear during the headaches.

Wish me luck, though, honestly, I’m not at all worried about it, I’m sure one of my three doctors will find a good solution to this increasingly annoying, painful problem.

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2 thoughts on “What a Headache

  1. With a car.

    The Department of Revenue, Driver’s License Bureau has no set seizure-free period; however, it normally requires that a person be seizure-free for at least 6 months. The Medical Advisory Board evaluates each case on an individual basis. The medical information is reviewed by staff personnel of the DLB. The MAB relies on a physician’s opinion on whether the applicant or licensee can drive safely.

    I also know around a minute or two before I have a seizure that it’s coming, only once was I in a car and I was able to exit the freeway and park. A friend picked me up afterwards and took me to the hospital.

    Epilepsy is as common as asthma, over 3,000,000 Americans have the disease. Many to most don’t even know they have the condition. 70% of people with epilepsy can be expected to enter remission, defined as 5 or more years seizure free on medication and 75% of people who are seizure free on medication for 2 to 5 years can be successfully withdrawn from medication.

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