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|A little about me:||I am 18, I have had headaches/migraines since I was 9. When I started at the 5th best Highschool in the country they got more frequent and more severe due to the stress of taking college courses so early. November of my junior(November 2010) year I got into a minor car accident but they think it could be a possible cause that in February of my junior year(February 2011) they went daily chronic. I was missing school and seeing 2 neurologists, after realizing that headache and migraine medication did nothing they tried powerful pain killers. Unfortunately they had to be extremely high doses to have any effect. With the pain so excruciating I then got hospitalized for 10 days. They ran every test they could think of and after 10 days of getting poked and prodded, they sent me home with no relief. I then went to one of the most renown neurologists in Florida.
After reviewing my MRIs, X-Rays, EEGs, and drugs that I had previously been on he only had 2 other strategies. The first was a drug combo which didn't work. The second was M.H.N.I. (Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute) which is known as the best place for people with nowhere else to go. Me and my mother flew up to Michigan near the end of March of 2011(I was pulled out of school February 16th). After 2 weeks extremelly high doses of medications being mixed, going to "classes" to help manage stress, meeting people with similar problems, getting my blood drawn every 3 hours to make sure my organs weren't failing, and the psychological appointments they did little to nothing. To make things better my insurance still won't cover the medical bills for my stay at MHNI(Gotta love having Coventry). On my last day of the 2 weeks the did 13 trigger points on my head and 8 of which between C2-C5(1 on each side) while I was put under twilight sleep. The next day I had no sign of even a headache and the doctors told me to keep the stress to a minimum and to not return to my old high school, after a fairwell to my friends I met and the doctors we came back to Florida.
4 days later they return. I was put into Hospital homebound to makeup my school credits. Needless to say I didn't get credit for the 4 College courses that I did over half the course work for. After a month or so we met a new neurologist that did injections of Cortisone and Valium (Anti-inflammatory & Muscle relaxer) directly into my occipital nerve. It worked for about a week then life returned to normal(my normal). After a summer of no stress with no relief of pain I decided I wanted my diploma from my old high school.
Currently, I got enrolled into my old high school and am taking 3 college courses since it is my senior year. I am also having to take 2 online classes, needless to say the stress doesn't help but I don't like to be told I can't do something. I am having a type of surgery that is SUPPOSE to fix the problem or at least help. I am going to have the procedure tomorrow(March 15th).
I have tried physical therapy, special pillows, special beds, acupuncture, and so many things it's hard not to give up. Who wants to live a life that on a good day they can go to school to try to makeup as much as possible before they can't function again and fall behind and never getting out of the sandpit? Why would someone want to go on with that type of life?
As nice as it sounds to just give up, I hope none of you do. We have to be strong and fight back. I have to thank my Mother for being there every step of the way, even though she is in her own pain (Fibromyalgia) she still finds a way to give me strength to keep going. And I always try my best to do the same for her. She is the most amazing person I have ever met. She deals with Fibromyalgia, while raising two children on her own(Sister 13 and me 18), stood strong when the hurricanes took out our house 8 years ago with getting less then 10% of what our house was worth from the insurance company, losing that property to bank for-closer, surviving an abusive marriage, and she even own's her own company that is still thriving. Easily said, I have never met a stronger person.
So my message is simply "Do not go gentle into that goodnight" - Dylan Thomas
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