Just what did the doctor order?

Your #1 Fan post on May 17th, 2010
Posted in Medical, Personal

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. 

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4 responses .

  1. KAREN says:

    Wow. I have quit coke many times. Back on it right now. You go girl!

    I also had those same stress/tension/migraine headaches in high school. Dr Hoshizaki helped me. He prescribed something to take every day and something to take when I had them that really helped.

    Good luck in becoming healthier. I know I need to start exercising more…..

    P.s. Everytime I have stopped coke, I have found it helpful that first week to drink a TON of water!

  2. MOM says:

    You are a good patient!!! You can do it – keep it up. I am sorry I did not teach you good eating/health habits growing up. I should follow your example. I was thankful when you let us know the results of the MRI – I admit I had horrible things going on in my head as to what the results would be – I cried all weekend and didn’t sleep. Get healthy – I will try and follow suit. Love you.

  3. Amy says:

    I’m so glad you found some answers, and that you are following the doctor’s orders! I’m so grateful for modern medicine.

  4. Sarah Ristine says:

    I’m so happy you were able to pinpoint something at last! And I’m really not that surprised, knowing about much of the “crap” that has been going on in your life lately! I suppose it only makes sense that it would need an outlet somewhere, right? Hey, let me know if you need an exercise partner this summer, when we don’t have crazy school schedules running our lives — I’ve found that even just a little bit of exercise seems to make me feel better and less stressed, even when I am exhausted and it’s the last thing I want to do. 🙂 Reading your post has reminded me that I need to be stricter with myself in that area again, since I’ve felt too stressed out lately and have been putting it off most of the time. Hmmm…perhaps that’s why I keep getting headaches off and on over the last few months, too. I’m glad you are feeling better!!!

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