I have to admit, I don’t have any of my “planned” posts ready to publish. I have lots of albums waiting for the remaining pictures I need to complete my ideas! So while today’s post might be filler and not very positive- it’s important to me to share these things because if anyone has answers…I’d be open to hearing anything lol let’s get into the brunt of my old lady problems
All this mess probably started in 2014 with my migraines ^ I was working at Party City at the time and going to community college. Looking back, I wouldn’t say it was a stressful time in my life (even during the Halloween season at a party store). But I started struggling with the auras that preceded my migraines. I would start to get static vision in my left eye, so much til it was completely black. I would also get numbness in my left hand- from the tips of my fingers through mid forearm. This was scariest when I first had the same numbness in my mouth! My tongue went numb as well as my lips and even sometimes onto the tip of my nose. It was terrifying and difficult to work during these auras, not to mention the debilitating sensitivity to light & sound when the pain of the migraine finally hit me. I went to a doctor who told me there’s a threshold for migraines. This means that there’s multiple factors that add up to push your head over the edge into having those symptoms/pains. The doctor also told me that I could try a low-tyramine diet to help reduce the risk of oncoming migraines. I was prescribed Fiorinal (which is a controlled version of Fioricet) for times when I needed the headache to subside a bit quicker, like at work or in school. I would say these were the worst migraines I ever had. Before I had them under control, I missed school and work because of both the auras and the pain. Nowadays, I don’t get them as often and I rarely get the auras with them. I would blame this mainly on hormone changes from changing birth control over the years, drinking more chamomile regularly (to reduce inflammation), and just growing out of that phase of my life…
Another thing that severely affected my life, has been my suspected gluten sensitivity ^ I started having tummy issues in mid to late 2016 and didn’t find any kind of answer til March of 2017. Basically what would happen: almost immediately after eating (but not every time I ate), I would experience pain in my upper stomach area (almost my chest), it was like a burning and bloating pain I’ve never felt anything like it. If this was the only symptom, I think I could’ve figured it out on my own. But I also had weakness, shortness of breath, chills/sweats, and nausea like you wouldn’t believe…these led me to believe there was a bigger problem at hand. We went to multiple doctors and I was put through every test you could imagine. I’m sure my eyes rolled out of my head a few times with all the ones who diagnosed me with heartburn- it doesn’t give you all those other symptoms. Celiac disease was ruled out through a few blood tests, but we still had ultrasounds and an endoscopy scheduled. I wanted to check all the boxes and make sure I didn’t miss any opportunity to find out what’s wrong. Finally, after all was said and done- the last diagnosis was a gluten sensitivity (but I probably have some slight form of IBS as well). I went completely gluten-free March 2017 and I felt so much better after about a month. Even if you don’t HAVE to, it’ll really change the way you feel to not have gluten sitting in your belly. I had more energy and had many less “attacks” than before. Once all the old gluten had left my system, I felt completely healed. I had a few slip-ups where I tried to have bits of gluten in the early days of this new diet, which resulted in an attack. Nowadays I can have small amounts of gluten and don’t have too big of a problem with it. I would venture to say I haven’t had a full on attack in a year. I’ll cheat and have a hamburger from McDonald’s because the bun isn’t TOO much gluten to make me feel bad…
Next, the girly stuff ^ before I ever started on birth control, I had very heavy and lengthy periods. They would come with horrific pains and pretty bad PMS symptoms too. I got on my first birth control when I was maybe 14-15 and it really did help regulate my menstrual cycle. I had much less pain and less flow than before, even if my period lasted the full 7 days of the end pills of my packs. I was on the same type of pill for about 5-6 years, up until the beginning of this year. I went to my gynecologist for my annual exam and I mentioned to her that I was having headaches again (in late 2017). I also let her know I had been struggling with nausea almost everyday, but even more during my period…for the past few months. We ruled out pregnancy, but then we got to prescribing things. She wanted to change my pill and I was honestly open to anything at that point that she thought might help ease the nausea. I could deal with the headaches, but I have a fear of throwing up, so the nausea was a big no-no. She also mentioned that I shouldn’t have been on the type of pill I used to take if I was someone who experienced auras with migraines- because I could have a stroke! She’s the one that put me on that pill years ago. But anyways, this new pill she said has the least amount of estrogen of any oral birth control pill. I should have less headaches and nausea because of this. She said I would have super light and short periods at the end of my pack, also I might start to not have a period at all. Well let me tell you guys, THAT was not the case…about 6 months into taking this pill, I agree I did have less headaches and shorter periods, but the nausea was almost worse! I skipped a period maybe twice. Then I started having a week-long “natural” period during the 3rd week of my pill pack. Sometimes I’d even bleed some during those last pills in my pack in addition to the normal period. So if I were giving a review, I’d say this new pill is worse. I’m in the process of finding a new OBGYN for two reasons. 1) my old one is going out of practice. 2) I wouldn’t wanna go back to her anyways…I want someone who will listen to me and try to find the root of my problem instead of just throwing a new birth control at me cause it’s what they’re paid to sell. She eventually prescribed me stronger anti-nausea meds, but when I was taking 2 at a time, she wouldn’t up the dose for me. Not to mention, my hormones are going crazy giving me hot flashes. That’s something I had never experienced before and I haaaaaate it
Lastly, I’ll touch on the weird and random stuff I feel like I shouldn’t be going through at 22 years old ^ the hot flashes I just mentioned are a big thing. But I also get strange pains in my joints and muscle spasms that don’t go away without taking a relaxer or just trying to sleep it off. These are things I’ll mention when I find my new doctor, but I’m not super concerned with them as I can usually tough it out and they’re more of an annoyance than anything. I mainly just want to go back through all the blood & urine tests to rule out anything severe that might’ve surfaced in the last year…even if they wanna do more imaging, I’m still up for checking all my bases. In the past few months, I’ve been waking up 4-5 days out of the week with a terrible soreness in my abdomen that I can’t explain. It feels like I’ve done a thousand crunches, but I don’t even work out. We think it may be kidney related, but I’ll have to do some tests at the doctor to really figure it out. I’m just scared of the worst case scenario, obviously. My coworkers think I may have a thyroid issue because I’m constantly overheating, but I’m hoping that’s just my hormones being out of whack! I’ll definitely be getting that straightened out before we do any kind of invasive testing again (like the endoscopy).
Sorry for the basic ongoing complaints in this post ^ but I figure if anyone has answers, it would be a good thing to put it all out there and hope someone can help- or maybe I helped someone else identify that gluten is ruining their life! Whatever the case, I’ll get better soon and I’ll feel better too. Thanks for reading and bearing with me (: