Health Update

If you are just here for the cross-stitching feel free to delete these posts unread – I wont be offended 🙂

It’s been a tough week this week, and it’s only Tuesday. I had the Implanon out of my arm last Thursday.

Recap for those new to the blog:

To recap, the world-leading neurologist gave up on my case last November and said my migraine was intractable. In this case I presume he meant unstoppable. He offered one last straw option which I declined.

I’ve booked in to see a Gynaecologist in February who (I hope) specialises in hormone research as this is the one area my previous specialist knew nothing about. There is a growing body of evidence of women 35-45 with intractable migraines relating to hormonal issues. I want to investigate this further.

Near the time the migraine started (I have had the same migraine for nearly two years) I had an Implanon inserted into my arm as the oral contraceptive was contra-indicated for someone with my type of migraines. I’ve grown suspicious for varying reasons discussed previously that, regardless of assurances by my specialist, the Implanon has affected the migraine or the drug trials attempting to treat the migraine. I finally convinced my GP to remove the Implanon last week.

Back to the news:

Well as soon as the Implanon was out the migraine pain became worse.  From Thursday night until now the pain has been heightened and the visceral wanting to kill whatever is hurting my head is back.  So the specialist was wrong, the Implanon was affecting the drugs and the migraine.  I was also wrong, it seems the Implanon was assisting them.

The last few days have been a hormonal roller coaster. Laughing at a joke on one of the email groups one minute, crying my eyes out in despair on the shower a short time after. I should have expected that. Probably PMS.

Also the bad case of diarrhea from last year has hit me again and mum and I are at odds over what has caused it. I’ll get the GP to run some tests, it will be easier. Either way, 40-year-old women should not get nappy rash! (Right have you gone running away now?)

Mum was on the injured list herself for a few days, due to a sore hip and like most caregivers, makes a horrendous patient (I’m going to get killed if she reads that – so if there aren’t any more posts you will know why). I swear next time she’s hurt I’m going to get the GP or the chiropractor to drive us home and inject her with a bottle of horse Valium so she stays unconscious until her body heals.

Still nothing on the stitching front. Or the reading front.  The TV is mostly tuned to the Australian Open Tennis which would be perfect for stitching … We have been watching Season 2 of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) the 2000-2001 remake. Oh and watched the finale of Season 1 of Rizzoli and Isles.  Wow!  Didn’t realise it was the final episode until the last few seconds …

So that’s my fun-filled, jet-setting, rock-star life.

I did get presents in the mail. Lovely lovely presents. But I will take pictures and give them their own blog posts.  Honestly …. and all the previous presents {slinks off in horrible embarrassment}

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9 Responses to Health Update

  1. Stephen Silk says:

    Just a thought… Maybe the Implanon was causing the migraine and the flare since it was removed is just your body reacting to the sudden change?

  2. tiffstitch says:

    Hope things settle down for you soon Mel. At this point it sounds like you had to try something, so I wouldn’t regret making some change. Unless you do something things will just continue as they were, and that is definitely not a happy place. Hope your mom is feeling better and things settle down more for you as well!

  3. rocalisa says:

    Just {{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}. What else can I possibly say that isn’t a platitude. But sending lots of very, very, very gentle hugs.

  4. Mel says:

    Thanks everyone both for the hugs and the sensible advice – the hormones are definitely on a rollercoaster and I am sure that is affecting how I’m perceiving everything as well as the pain levels. We’ll see how everything feels in another week when the hormonal rollercoaster settles down.

    Mum is home now, feeling better, and is definitely looking forward to taking tomorrow off work (Australia Day tomorrow).

    I’m on clear fluids for 24 hours, have diarrhea medication and a colonoscopy booked in. Wow – Happiness is ….

  5. kay jones says:

    Okay just thoughts. The diarrhoea hasn’t been caused by something in your water supply I suppose? The removal of Implanon. If you relate it to someone who stops drinking coffee and starts drinking decaf. Headaches occur with that senario although eventually the body settles down and the migraines disappear. Could the impanon removal have the same effect.
    Give it time. If the migraines are still as severe when you see the gyneacologist then make sure she knows.

    Sending hugs.

  6. Nancy Jones says:

    Mel, am I to understand that you have never had respites of diminished pain from migraine? You now are suffering from the same migraine that began two years ago? That’s incredible, Mel. Don’t you get depressed? You do so much to occupy yourself that you may be healthily dealing with the pain; therefore keeping you from getting depressed, but that’s amazing that you can function so well. I don’t know how you do it!!! I’m so sorry that your Implanon removal was the wrong thing to do. I was so in hopes that that was the answer. How do you do it?

  7. Mel says:

    Nancy, Apart from one drug trial in August I have been in daily migraine pain since 2010 yes. I do get down, I do get grumpy. I am prone to days of utter despair – last weekend was not good. I now have a damaged brain from being in constant pain abd as a side effect from the drugs – there is stuff I simply can’t do anymore.

    I used to write my grocery lists in order of of what came first in each aisle of each store, Now I walk down an aisle and forget what I’m looking for until I look at the list in my hand again, And I do that 10 or 20 times for each item.

    I’m still hoping that if we ever get this migraine fixed that I’ll get all my brain functionality back too, but we don’t know. At this point we don’t know how much is due to to the pain and how much is due to the drugs because if we reduce the drugs we increase the pain so that doesn;t help in measuring anything.

    The Implanon removal may not have been the wrong thing to do – it just didn’t give any instant improvement that I was expecting. I shouldn’t have been expecting that, but I did, and I felt depressed when it didn’t work. As the others have said, it is too soon to tell what the medium or longer term ramifications are of the removal.

    So yeah – I keep my mind occupied with other things 🙂

  8. Laura says:

    Oh Miss Mel, I wish I could be your fairy godmother and come wave my magic wand over you. As it is I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I’m amazed you stay sane through all of it. Jeff says he hopes you get some relief, too. Big gentle hugs to you.

  9. Sisu says:

    I would give yourself more than a week for the hormonal roller coaster to smooth out. It could take a full cycle. Like Kay said, it may be an addiction reaction that is worsening your pain and the body needs to to realize the implant isn’t going to come back before it stops messaging your pain center to tell you it wants it. I just hope something helps, sooner rather than later.
    As far as the diarhhea, have your liver enzyme levels checked. The liver processes drugs, but as it takes damage from them, the enzyme levels rise. The intestines are the first place to show damage from those enzyme levels and chronic diarrhea is a classic sign. I’ve seen that in a friend, my mother, and now my hubby as those enzyme levels rise.

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