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Let me just start from the beginning and hope someone has the patience to read this. : chiari

So let me start by saying I’m a 38 year old recovering addict I had a real problem with alcohol and prescriptions.(pain killers and benzos) I am 2.5 years clean now. Just to get that out of the way.
So about 4 years ago I had a head injury, a skull fracture brain bleeding on both sides. I spent some time in the hospital. After a month of healing, I thought the only issue I was having from the head injury was the occasional migraine,
Fast forward 1.5 years I finally had enough and decided to get clean and live differently. I was still living with the occasional migraine taking imitrex when needed and topamax at night and everything seemed to be working for me.
Until this July. My Family (Wife and 6year old twins B/G) were on vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine. On our second day I woke up with a stiff neck like I never had before (up the center of my neck) turning into a migraine that imitrex wouldn’t help. The next day both symptoms got worse. It was about 70 degrees outside I was sweating profusely and almost felt like the flu. I tried to go to a walk in center but ended up in the ER. They kept me for two days they thought meningitis or maybe Lyme disease because I enjoy Disc golf.
After vacation I followed up with my family doctor who sent me for a MRI and blood work. I had a blood test come back positive for LYME. I took the antibiotics for 3 weeks but my symptoms continued.
This past week I followed up with my family doctor and the reread my MRI results. At the crainocervical junction the right cerebellar tonsils project 10 mm below the level of the foramen magnum and the left is 7.5 mm. The markings of the tonsils have a rounded configuration and the findings are compatible with cerebellar tonsillar ectopia.
So here are the major issues I have been having .
Cognitively, I have never felt dumb in my life. I am not sure that dumb people know what it feels like but I struggle with words/ names and sentences. Let’s forget about concentration. I typically have a very witty sense of humor and have been told I am very quick to respond (maybe a bit of a smart as sometimes not that I would cross the line) well I have lost that.
I am a union electrician by trade. Today I stopped counting after 10 but I became dizzy or light headed over 20 times. I don’t really loose my balance but I also don’t need that happening at the top of a ladder.
For the past month I have woken up with a headache had to take a imitrex every day. I never thought about it till last night but it’s the top front center of my head and it throbs and there is constant pressure.
I have right knee pain like I have never had before and constant neck pain up the center of my neck and sometimes running down the center of down my back upper back. Also joint pain in my fingers
Numbness I’m my hands feet and arms along with muscle cramps that I have to rub out when they happen foot cramps too. This all comes and goes
How about the amount of floaters I see in my vision or how often I see stars? Does it happen to anyone else?
Sometimes I feel like I am looking through someone else’s eyes if that makes any sense or if these thoughts can even be my own.
8..The fact that outside of work I struggle to find the energy to do anything that needs to be done and yes I am depressed because this shit is depressing. But that being said I have a wonderful family and great support system that I live very much my life is good.
So I don’t know how much of this is all related to the condition and how much relief the decompression surgery will help. How long and how much pain I will be in from the surgery but I cant continue to live like this.
I am so sorry for the very long read if anyone actually made it through all of this and it makes any sense to anyone and anyone can offer me any advice or words of wisdom please do.
Thank you

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I don’t think there’s any correlation with your weight and the protein Or creatinine. However I also wanted to ask are YOU concerned about the “serious” weight gain or is the OB? I know it may be more weight than the recommended amount, but I know of very few women who have stayed in those guidelines and even fewer who’s doctors were concerned. Remember that weight gain is like baby birth weight… everyone is different!!! So don’t sweat it, and stay eating healthy plus drinking all that water!
I would also think if these labs were an issue, the 3 day window wouldn’t be something to wait on. I used to work for my OB and any abnormal labs automatic get flagged for doctors review. Even if they are a decimal off. Good luck & please keep us posted!!
Oh and lastly- peppermint oil rubbed on your head is an amazing relief for migraines or headaches in general. I never take meds for it, pregnant or not! Just watch your eyeballs!! Lol

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I had the same issue after my delivery and had the blood patch done. I am not sure if it worked, no immediate relief. The next morning I had my mom get excedrin migraine and it helped a lot. It felt like t went from a migraine to a headache. After 2 days of taking it, I was able to stop. Even the dilaudid I was on didn’t touch that headache, it was awful!! I hope yours goes away soon, mine was only during that first week.

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Pain isn’t just physical: why many are using painkillers for emotional relief

You are here: Home > 24/7 News > Current Article Pain isn’t just physical: why many are using painkillers for emotional relief By LiveNews Publisher / November 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Pain isn’t just physical: why many are using painkillers for emotional relief Print
Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Kev Dertadian, Lecturer in Criminology, Western Sydney University
Australians are increasingly using prescription or over-the-counter painkillers to ease emotional, rather than physical, pain. Our cultural understanding of pain is changing, and as a result it’s becoming more difficult to distinguish intoxication from relief.
In my recently published book A Fine Line: Painkillers and Pleasure in the Age of Anxiety, interviewees who used painkillers non-medically said they did so mainly to ease forms of suffering they acknowledge may not be medically defined as pain. Yet they experienced them as “painful”.
The US is currently going through what many term an “opioid epidemic”, while more than 1,000 Australians died of an opioid overdose in 2016, with 76% of these deaths related to prescription opioids. Recently, the ABC reported that the high-dose opioid patch fentanyl has fuelled an opioid dependence crisis in regional Australia.
Read more: How we can reduce dependency on opioid painkillers in rural and regional Australia
These statistics paint a troubling picture of an emerging public health crisis. But what is often missing from reports about overdose and addiction is an explanation of why people are using these medications more often. Perhaps the answer can be found by exploring the evolving definition of pain in an age of growing anxiety. Pain and suffering
The medical profession has spent the best part of a century trying to find a way to objectively measure physical pain. Despite developing verbal, visual and numerical rating scales, it’s been difficult to find consensus on a form of measurement that can be considered objective. A national pain summit held in Australia in 2010 concluded:
all pain is an individual human experience that is entirely subjective and that can only be truly appreciated by the individual experiencing the pain.
Of course physical pain isn’t the only type of human suffering medicine has tried to address. The expansion of psychiatry and psychology in the 1950s and ‘60s has resulted in a range of everyday emotions being given medical labels with pharmaceutical solutions.
Pain is an entirely subjective experience. Francisco Moreno/Unsplash
During the 1950s, tranquilisers were an early example of the medical profession’s attempt to intervene into anxiety, panic and social phobia. Colloquially referred to as “happiness pills” and “emotional aspirin”, these medications have contributed to a growing cultural promise that medicine can control the body’s emotional responses to stressful circumstances.
The 1980s saw a new wave of “mood medicine” with the introduction of antidepressants. American society’s eager embrace of Prozac (or Lovan in Australia) was a cultural phenomena that sparked debate about the role of medicine in not just alleviating depression, but providing a form of self-enhancement according to social norms.
Read more: Explainer: what is pain and what is happening when we feel it? Redefining pain
One of the participants in my research, Jessica, is 41-year-old mother of twin boys who works a demanding administrative job. She uses painkillers to manage intense periods of stress at work and with her children. She recalled one time where she took Mersyndol Forte (a strong painkiller which consists of paracetamol and codeine) in anticipation of getting a headache:
I was feeling really really tense and was almost expecting a migraine to come. I was almost anticipating it and medicating before-hand.
Another interviewee, Sean, is a quick-witted 26-year-old who lives in an inner-city Sydney suburb. He said he uses painkillers to relieve emotional discomfort. He compared the emotional loss experienced after a break-up with physical pain:
There’s definitely a physical component. Because you feel like you’re carrying a heavy necklace inside or something, and it’s weighing you down.
Read more: Is depression a mental or physical illness? Unravelling the inflammation hypothesis More people are using painkillers in an attempt to numb their emotional pain. from shutterstock.com
Jake is a laid back 29-year-old who grew up in south-western Sydney. He started using oxycontin (a strong opiate) at the recommendation of a friend who said it would help him sleep after his partner was murdered. Jake explained that:
it was a mental pain because of what had happened to my girlfriend and I wanted to block that out. The line between pleasure and pain
Even when using painkillers for physical pain, people may still take pleasure in the feeling it produces. Eastern suburbs resident Jane said she enjoyed the “zoned out” feeling that accompanied pain relief.
Felix is a former injecting drug user who used painkillers for a range of reasons, including to stop withdrawal, relieve anxiety and for the pleasure of intoxication. He said:
The line between just use and dependency is really hard to work out. You don’t know where the line is until you’ve crossed it.
People who use painkillers for non-medical reasons redefine pain according to colloquial uses of the word. They often justify their use as being a form of self-medication for legitimate conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress.
Read more: How different cultures experience and talk about pain
This expansion of pain to include social and emotional suffering seems to be confirmed by the science. A growing body of research has found the neurological pathways associated with physical pain also “light up” when exposed to social and emotional forms of suffering.
Taking painkillers outside of medical direction certainly involves health risks, including overdose and drug dependence. This research does not condone or decry such use, but had set out to explore the underlying reasons why people may be using such medications.
Because the definition of pain now includes social and emotional discomfort, intoxication is difficult to separate from relief – the pleasurable effects of a painkiller are thus seen by many as an unconventional but effective form of pain relief.
– ref. Pain isn’t just physical: why many are using painkillers for emotional relief – http://theconversation.com/pain-isnt-just-physical-why-many-are-using-painkillers-for-emotional-relief-106235

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Ocular migraine for 24 hours!

I’ve had this ocular migraine for 24 hours now. I woke up to take my daughter to school and came home and went back to bed since I get off work at 2 in the morning. As soon as my head hit the pillow and I turned on my tv, I noticed the blind spot starting. So I fell asleep quickly. About four hours later when I woke, it was still there. I took some pain relief and it still didn’t go away. So later that night I took some more. Went to sleep last night and here I am getting my daughter ready for school and it’s the same thing. It hasn’t gotten worse or anything but it’s still there. My head isn’t pounding like your typical migraine it’s just annoying. It hurts like a small tension headache right now. My appointment is tomorrow so I don’t want to have to rush out there today. I’m at a loss! What should I do?

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Of the researches contrasting acupuncture to drug, the researchers located that 62 percent of the acupuncture people reported frustration alleviation contrasted to just 45 percent of people taking medicine. Sham acupuncture, which was done on components of the body not associated with the old Chinese principles, was much less efficient than standard acupuncture.