Migraines and work

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   Posted 8/19/2012 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this board, but am suffering from ridiculous headaches for the past couple of months. I have been to the ER three times I a month. I am waiting for a neurologist appt that s not until 9/6/2012. I am honestly not sure how I am going to make it. How do guys balance all this pain with work? I am in big trouble in that department....

Thanks, this is my first post

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   Posted 8/28/2012 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats you are doing a fantastic job of handling everything! There is not a day that goes by that I do not suffer some sort of head pain, sometimes it elevates into a migraine. I work in a seniors home and the nursing staff are really good at watching me when I get really sick. They will sometimes take my blood pressure and stuff like that. I am really fortunate! I also have learned lots of meditation and relaxation techniques when I was younger that I like to implement when the pain gets really intolerable. When it gets awful, I just take a step out of my working environment and calm myself down to get the pain down to a tolerable level (and do whatever else I have to do). I also have learned to be easy on myself. When I was put on medication that made me totally forget everything, I just told myself that it was going to be okay and everything was going to work out. I explained to my boss what was going to happen and everything was okay in the end.

You are almost to your appointment...You can make it! Things are going to get better really fast for you.

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   Posted 8/28/2012 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I know how you are feeling about trying to balance work and the migraines. My migraines have been increasing for the last 7-8 years to the point that I'm missing work at least once a week due to the pain, numbness and vision issues that I get during my really bad ones. I put a lot more stress and worry on myself then my boss does over the missed time. I'm actually very luck with where I work not only did my boss use to have migraines but also the top executive's mother suffered really bad ones so both completely understand how disabling they can be. I have a good relationship with my boss so I actually keep her up to date on just about every development.
I also pushed trying to work through a migraine too far a couple of times and ended up in a sever conditions that made the on-site medical staff very nervous. They have actually ordered me to be truthfully with myself when I'm getting the migraine, about trying to be tough or stay at/ go home for the bad ones.
I know that I'm truly blessed to be in the position that I'm. IF you have a good relationship with your boss, think about talking to them about the migraines and the actions that you are taking to try to address them. If not, review your options with your HR department or even try to talk to your doctor about options.

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   Posted 8/29/2012 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I suffered from headaches and dizziness all my life. 5 years ago I discovered that I was Salicylate Intolerant, allergic to aspirin and all foods containing salicylates. Aspirin is a salicylate that comes form the bark of the willow tree. All plants produce salicylates as a natural insecticide. It is in things likes fruit,most vegetables, tomato sauce, olive oil and many more. Theres a good list of foods in the book,"Salicylate Intolerance and The Healthier I Ate the Sicker I Got."

Right before I hit bottom I had such a pain in my right eye that I went for a CAT scan to rule out a tumor. Once I went on a low sal diet I got rid of my headaches,dizziness, nausea, neck pain, arthritis, asthma, dry eyes, nosebleeds and a foggy headed feeling.
Check out sickfromsalicylates.com
No one should just accept a diagnosis of Cluster Headaches when they can prevent them by finding out whats causing them. Its usually a food intolerance. Unfortunately there is no test for Salicylate Intolerance because it isnt an allergy. You have to go off the foods that are high and very high in sals and see how you feel. Good luck, Joan
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