Friday, May 15, 2009

Headaches and Creativity

I have a new blog entry on Watch Me Create about how I create with chronic headaches.

In this particular case, I've had a headache constantly for three months. Yes. Three. Long. Agonizing. Months. However, there's light at the end of the tunnel (but right now I have to shield my eyes, as light hurts my head).

I finally got to see a neurologist who specializes in headaches. It took forever to wait my turn to see this guy, but it was worth it. It's been determined that I have an excess of fluid around my brain and in my spinal column, and it's pushing against the disks in my eyes. Lovely, eh? The good part is, there's a cure -- a spinal tap.

(Are you cringing right now?)

I've had two before, and no, they're not fun. But this headache feels so incredibly bad that I can't WAIT until May 22nd to get it done. The doctor WAS able to give me some medication that helps take the pressure down some, so I've lost the headache for part of the day, but by four o'clock, my neck is stiff and I get another headache. That, and the side effect is a weird tingling in my hands, which makes using pliers rather frustrating.

BUT! This could be so much worse, there's a way out, and I hope to be back to normal in a few weeks! In the meantime, I hope you'll visit Watch Me Create and read about how I've been coping.
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13 comments:

  1. OMG, I cannot imagine!! I get one tiny little headache and I'm out of commission. Good luck and I hope you feel better SOON!

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  2. Thats a horrible thing to have to be dealing with for so long. I'm glad that there is a discovery as to the problem and a cure.
    Hope you arr feeling 100% after the 22nd. Keep up your great work

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  3. Oh, Lori! I can't imagine even functioning with a headache like that. Good luck on the 22nd! I had a spinal tap once in the ER but the doctor was so amazing -- I didn't feel a thing.

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  4. My wish for you is to be free of headache! So sorry you are having to go through this. Sure hope the treatment helps!

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  5. Oh wow...I had no idea you been suffering this long with a headache....so glad you saw a neurologist. I suffer from migraines and finally found the right meds to help. Feel better! Now when I wear your gorgeous bracelet you made for me I will be thinking good thoughts for you!

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  6. Three months? I don't know how you've gotten through this.

    Hang in there!

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  7. Best of luck with this. I suffered from headaches in the past, runs in my family. It is awful. Had one migraine and that was, well words cannot express how awful.
    Will this spinal tap help the headaches indefinitely or is it likely that fluid will build up again?

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  8. I'm so glad you got it diagnosed. I hope the relief comes swiftly!

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  9. I feel for you. I have a friend who gets botox in her temples for migranes. I hope it helps. hugs.

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  10. Lori, found your website through Nat's facebook page. I just want you to know your jewelry is amazing! I love, love, love it! Hope you feel better soon.

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  11. That's awful. I had a slight headache for a few consecutive days and thought that it was bad - 3 MONTHS! Yikes.

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  12. You have alot of friends pulling for you. I have not had the pleasure of a spinal tap let alone 2 like you have already have. So you know what's coming.
    But Migrianes I have had and can sympathize. Kudos to you for even making some simple things for your up coming show. We are all looking forward to you getting relief. And then all of your future creations.

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  13. Good luck on the 22nd. Feel better soon.

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