I am totally with you regarding your post. However, for ease of reading and comprehension, it would help us forum members if you could take a breathe every few sentences and start a new paragraph. It would be a big help.
I got the part that you have a PFO. You mentioned a surgery...did you have surgery or are you going to have one? It is fairly well-known that having a PFO is quite common in people that suffer from migraines. There have been clinical trials regarding closing off the PFO to end the migraine episodes. I'm not sure if the procedure has become standard practice yet, but I do know that many people are getting those holes plugged up in the clinical trials. I was set to participate in one myself, but I couldn't see going through the surgery and possibly getting put into the "placebo" group, having to wait a year, then having to go through the procedure again. You said you are getting blood clots, which can cause convulsions/mini-strokes. Taking medicaton that is a blood thinner, like plavix, should help with this condition, but if you still have blood passing through your PFO, you're migraines are likely to continue.
I also understand about too few doctors in a small town. My hometown isn't THAT small, but everybody knows everybody in the medical field. If you go to one doctor in a group, you can forget about getting a "second" opinion. Colleagues back each other up around here. I'm having to go out of town for both my back pain and my migraine problems. Currrently, I'm starting to get help for my back at the University of VA Medical Center, and I'm going to see a migraine specialist at Duke Medical Center. My disability insurance is covering both.
Anonymous girl - I'm a 43 yr old female, and I've lived by myself since my divorce in 2002. My daily quality of life is severely lacking, as one or more of my medical problems keep me in pain on a daily basis. I haven't been able to work since 2003. I had to quit a career position in 2001 because my health was too poor I could no longer work. Since most all of my health issues are degenerative, this is pretty much all I can expect...well, hopefully I can get better pain control at some point. My mom fluctuates between thinking I need to be in a room at an assisted living facility to thinking I'm just making too big a deal of things and I'm just lazy. I can't win either way. I hope your condition improves and that you can get back to living life again.
I would love to compare medications as I also have back problems, stomach problems(as a result of my g/b), migraines, problems sleeping, anemia, bad bruising, etc... I got rid of a hiatal hernia when I got my bypass, but I think something has gone bad in there...I have constant stomach pain now and am waiting to see the GI doc for an endoscopy. I also have panic/anxiety disorder and moderate depression. I basically only go out of the house for medical appointments and for club activities in my local Parrot Head Club. My entire social life revolves around that club, and a lot of the time, I have to force myself to attend functions, but I usually feel better after I go, just for have gotten out of the house.
Let's compare notes...
BTW - what were you pre-gb/post-gb?