Thursday, August 16, 2012

Apparently I have "migrainous tendencies"

Which is a fancy way of saying I sometimes get migraines.

I never have been officially diagnosed with migraines mostly because I don't get them very often and they don't last very long and I'm not much for going to the doctor unless I'm dying or scared about something. Getting a headache once in a while where I feel slightly nauseous and need to lay down in a dark room certainly doesn't cut it. Especially as sometimes it's over a year between incidents.

However, I have gotten these sorts of headaches since I was in High School. I'm also very sensitive to smells. I can smell perfume that other people don't even notice and I can always tell if someone around me is smoking even if I can't see a cigarette. And those things means I have a tendency to get migraines and having a tendency to get migraines is a red flag when it comes to post-concussion syndrome.

At least that what Brain Doc said to me today.

After a very long examination where he asked me a million questions and made me touch my nose and show my balance and push and pull against this and that.

The bottom line is that I have post-concussion syndrome. As I already knew. And there isn't much I can do about it except wait it out. As I also already knew.

There are drugs you can take that can prevent migraines in some people but they have risks and my current situation isn't bad enough to warrant them. However, Brain Doc did suggest that I start supplementing with at least 100 mg of Riboflavin (B2) and Magnesium.

My multivitamin has 100 mg of magnesium in it already so I may wait on that, mostly because the side effects involve the bathroom, if you get my drift. The internet suggests 400 mg of both of these at least on the mainstream migraine sites. That's also what I got out of reading the abstracts for a few studies on PubMed. So I may supplement magnesium evnetually but I think I start with the B2 and see what happens.

It's a lot less scary than Topomax which is the first drug that Brain Doc would try if he thought my situation called for it. The only reason I'd want to be on that is that it would probably cure my Restless Brain Syndrome and that would lead to less eating.

But I'm not  happy that I still need to take it easy. I was hoping to get a magic pill that would let me start working out again. Didn't happen.

I did ask my boss at work if he could move me to a quieter area because I think the noise at work is contributing to my issues. I figure being exposed to less noise is part of taking it easy!
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