Coping, Treatment

So Tired, So Frustrated

That sums it up. I’ve been exhausted since Thursday, was exhausted and had terrible migraines on Saturday, Sunday and today, and had a moderately painful headache lingering yesterday. No treatment seems to be working. Not that I’m surprised.

D, my acupuncturist and herbalist, and I agree that the headache-specific acupuncture points weren’t working for me. We’ve switched to a stress-reducing/anxiety-relieving/calming treatment. I had needlings Thursday, Friday and yesterday. I was exhausted before I went to every appointment — and still am — but my headaches haven’t escalated any of the evenings after a treatment.

I’m no longer simply grateful for the few hours of energy and clarity I got with one of my earlier treatments. Now my thoughts are about the mind that I’ve lost, the severity of which I only truly grasped after I had it back for a while. It’s been a month and I don’t see the mental fog lifting again.

It’s hard to not be discouraged.

2 thoughts on “So Tired, So Frustrated”

  1. I’d like to share my partial success/progress with my chronic daily headache which I have had for about 12 years.
    L-tryptophan (from a compounding pharmacist or online) helps by reducing the sensitivity of my veins. This is one supplement I cannnot do without. It also is relaxing and helps me sleep. I take 1000 mg at bedtime and 1000 when I get up in the night. My suggestion is to start with 500 mg and gradually increase the dosage.
    I follow the migraine diet and have a lot of the usual headache triggers, but the most intractable is bruxism or jaw clenching when I sleep. These are the severe headaches that wake me up in the night or early in the morning, but the residual neck tension creates other headaches even when I have not been clenching.
    Jaw clenching has its own set of triggers….stress, neck pain, low blood sugar and hot flashes, to name a few. It can set off a vicious cycle of neck pain and muscle tension that in turn cause more clenching. I use cafergot and ice packs for pain, especially effective if I manage to catch it when the clenching begins.
    For low blood sugar I eat a protein snack before bed. I use a natural progesterone cream for menopausal hot flashes. This is also helpful for those in perimenopause. Relaxation before bed and sometimes a hot shower or bath is helpful. Awareness of jaw clenching during the day is important.
    The neck muscle tension and spasm is still a slow work in progress because I constantly sabotage it with a night of good clenching. However, with the aid and encouragement of a stubborn and patient physical therapist I am improving with a stretching and strengthening program correcting a lifetime of postural and neck issues. I also make regular and helpful visists to my chiropracter and massage therapist.
    At an earlier stage in this program I had botox injections in the shoulder and neck muscles which were incredibly helpful in breaking the worst of the pain-spasm cycle.
    I also had excellent advice from a facial pain specialist who advised me to throw out my night guard, which did a great job of protecting my teeth, but made the clenching worse.
    A healthy diet and excercise are necessities and I take numerous vitamin supplements including 400 mg of B2.
    I am about to embark on an adrenal support program with a naturopath which I am hoping will be another piece of the recovery puzzle.
    Recovery is slow, but this program is working for me with improvements measured over years and months, not weeks or days.
    I hope some of these tips are helpful to others. I believe that bruxism is a much underestimated chronic daily headache trigger since it is not always obvious that jaw clenching is the cause, especially when the pain is not always felt in the jaw.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. You’ve provided a lot of great information that will be helpful for lots of readers.

    I’m glad you’ve had some success with you treatment. I hope you continue to improve.

    Take care,


  2. I have had a migraine for 2 weeks now that became moderate just in time to ruin my Thanksgiving and is still here. I have had to cancel my dentist appointment twice. I hear ya. My Neurologist just upped my dose of topamax to 200 mg saying, “You don’t need to think for anything, do you?” Serenity now…?!&*$#%@?!

    Ugg. I’m sorry hear that. I hope it lets up soon.

    Take care,

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