Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Migraine... what a pain in the neck!

I have been suffering from a migraine for the last 2 days. I finally broke down and went to the chiropractor after sleep, medicine, neck exercises and yelling at my kids did not help. I have a degenerative disc disorder in my neck. I have had these headaches forever. Going to the chiropractor after my 2nd child was a lifesaver. At that point I had headaches that would last days, the middle of my back was numb and would go out leaving me in bed for hours and my lower back had swelling on the spine due to holding my child on my hip too much. I was rotating my pelvis.

Anyway, regular visits every 6 weeks or so to the Chiropractor has made such a difference. I love you Dr. Bismark. But my headaches have returned with a vengeance. There are all sorts of reasons for migraines including hormonal and stress on the muscles and ligaments. My neck actually crunches when I move it because my muscles are so tight. I really hate that crunchy sound. But its a warning to be to change something.

I play too much on the computer which does not help. The height of the monitor, the need for my knee to higher than my hips all impact my neck. The doctor explained the need to not put stress on my lower back and on my neck. I have issues there as well. Apparently these are the two curvatures we retain from the fetal position. So when you stress the lower back it compounds the stress on the neck. I do exercises after I get up from the computer to loosen my shoulders and stretch the neck muscles. The constriction of the neck muscles is what starts a migraine for me. Even after all this I still can not get them to go away. I can go about 2 weeks before the headaches start and they will last for days if I do not get to the chiropractor.

Yesterday he suggested an incline table. I am going to have to look into them. They are $150 at the sports store with a 30 return policy if i absolutely hate it. What puts me off about them is they are not pretty. I would have to find a place in my house for it and would have to look at it when not in use.

All this to say, I have no energy to blog, clean or be patient with my children. Constant pain induces depression. Luckily for me after getting to bed a 8pm last night and sleeping 10 hours I feel 100 times better. Thank goodness for Dr Bismark, Ibuprofen and sleep.


KellyJean said...

I am so sorry to hear about your migraines!

I've tagged you on my blog... but don't feel like you have to participate!

I'll be praying for you!

Rick said...

KellyJean sent me. We've both been touch, huh I mean, tagged by her.

My daughter uses one of those big old sports balls to sit on while she is at the computer. Her fitness trainer boyfriend says it's good for posture. I'm not so sure, but it's an idea.

Good luck.