Imagine: Migraine Awareness #6

I almost didn’t write a post for today. Aside from it being a busy, high pain, foggy sort of day, I haven’t really dared to think about the future.

Researchers do a great job discovering new treatments for diseases they understand. Migraine, like many other neurological disorders, just isn’t that well understood.

For the mental well-being of those with migraine, and other headache types, I hope for understanding.

Imagine if there was a test that clearly diagnosed what type of headache you have.

Imagine treatments designed specifically for different headache types instead of medicines that were originally designed to treat another disorder.

I know there are breakthroughs coming. There are trials of new devices and new drugs all the time.

I can also see by the work done by the wonderful people in our growing online migraine community that people are being reached.

While we wait for researchers and even our own doctors to find new ways to help us, we are making a difference.

 

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Chiropractor, or not

I had my consultation with the chiropractor yesterday.

His findings: two of the vertebrae in my neck, c2 and c3, are a little misaligned and the disk at c7 is somewhat compressed.

What does that mean? It means my neck hurts sometimes, and it is causing extra wear on the joints which could cause more problems over time.

Could treatment help my headaches? That is, as my neurologist said, “the million dollar question.”

The answer seems complicated. Some people respond well to chiropractic care, but not the majority. For headaches especially, there its no definitive answer. Nothing the chiropractor said made me feel the neck issues were contributing to the headache. Nothing he said made me think he felt confident treatment would help the headache. But he was hopeful.

He is certain treatment will help my neck. It is a problem worth resolving so it doesn’t worsen.

Timing is the question.

Chiropractic care isn’t cheap and it isn’t covered by my insurance. It isn’t impossibly expensive, but difficult. Right now all my resources, medically speaking, are devoted to treating my headache. Should I divert myself from other treatments to try this?

I’m undecided.

But alas, until I have the resources financially, it must wait, no matter what I decide.