I really like my new doctor. He took the time to listen to me and order the test that I knew I needed, but dreaded….MRI on my brain. After my second visit to him when he couldn’t put his finger on my symptoms, he asked me what has been going on in my life besides the physically symptoms. I did the whole, “my life is really good, nothing too much going on.” But, somehow he got it out of me and when I started, I couldn’t stop. At the end of my life summary of the last few months, I thought to myself…”WOW, that is a lot of CRAP!” (couldn’t think of a nicer word) And the doctor thought the same thing. He said, “now it is all coming together”. Only took me 2 weeks of having zero balance and a TON of headaches (one that lasted for 6 days with no relief…not fun) to go see the doctor. But, hey…I am fine right?
So, the MRI results were good. I didn’t have a tumor, swelling or infection in my brain. I didn’t have a stroke which if you read the symptoms of a stroke, I had every last one of them. I did have a small bright spot show up in the front part of my brain that shows up in people who get migraines. I don’t get migraines, which is what I told my doctor on visit #2. At my appointment, he said, “yes, you don’t get migraines, instead you get stress/tension/migraine headaches. All three wrapped up in one! Oh come on, my life is not that stressful….which my doctor replied with, “did you just hear all the things you spouted out to me.” Ummm, okay, I will be quiet now.
He gave me 2 medications which got rid of my 6 day headache. Thank goodness! And thank you Doctor! He asked me how much caffenine I drink. I down played it with a couple of cans of diet coke a day….hey, at least I don’t drink coffee! He said, no more diet coke! I quit diet coke in December and started again in March when things just weren’t going my way. It is now day 4 with no diet coke and it is all that I can think about. The heat doesn’t help because I want a perfect diet coke from McDonald’s for only $1 and they fill the cup with ice just like I ask. Anyway….that is not going to happen because I will not give in. The doctor said no foods that induce headaches, especially chocolate. That one is easy for me. Exercise 5 times a week. My appointment was on Thursday and I did the treadmill Friday and this morning and bike ride Saturday. Doing good there and I know I have to keep it up. The doctor also told me to eliminate as much stress as possible from my life. Can’t do much about that one because life is life and I function better under high stress, but I have been doing a lot of reading and praying to react differently to things that happen.
Basically, I am trying to make some big life changes without the changes being stressful. I will be healthier and I won’t have a stroke or a brain aneurysm. I can do that. I will do just what the doctor ordered.