Whether you experience chronic pain or not, I think it’s important to remember to take care of yourself. This year has been a really difficult one for me, and I think I forgot somewhere along the way…
13 years ago, I went to numerous doctors, trying to figure out the cause of my migraines. I kept a Migraine Journal and a Food Diary and got MRIs and blood tests. I was deemed “normal.” None of the preventative medications worked. I didn’t find any food triggers. I decided to manage the pain as I went along.
Somehow I made it through college and graduated. I’ve been out in the working world, trying to get a career started, pretending to be normal. I wouldn’t call out of work because of my migraines. If it got really bad, I would take a pill and calm the pain down. Work would distract me from the pain and I could make it through the day…. barely.
This year is different though. Stress keeps piling up, and I can’t fake my way through life anymore. Thursday’s migraine was my wake-up call to take better care of myself.
What are some ways to take care of yourself?
-Going to the doctor and the neurologist.
(I haven’t been to a neurologist in 3 years. I must fix that ASAP.)
-Acupuncture and massage therapy.
(Acupuncture really helps me, so I need to make that a priority again.)
-Trying the Migraine diet of no cheese, no yogurt, and no chocolate.
(Let’s hope this works!)
Those are my top 3 right now. Baby steps, right?