Tuesday, January 24, 2012

And finally...LIGHT at the end of the tunnel!

"For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness." ~ Psalm 18:28.

As difficult as it has been to always see God's light in the midst of the darkness of my suffering through the excruciating migraine pains of the past almost 3 months, the light has never gone out.  It has always been there even if I could not see it though my eyes of unbelief.  However, the light is most definitely bright and grows brighter daily!

This past Thursday, I saw my 3rd neurologist, who providentially was the neurologist who treated me while I was hospitalized in November.  After meeting with her on Thursday, she told me that she believes she knows what my problem is.  She thinks that my nerves are hyper-excitable and that they are locked in sending the pain impulse mode.  She thinks that is we can get my nerves in my brain to calm down, I will finally be able to be pain-free again.  So, I am now on a seizure drug (Topamax) to accomplish that goal.  Unfortunately, it will take 4-6 weeks to do its job, but I am just excited that relief is in sight!  After nearly 3 months, what's another 4 weeks?  Because of the insomnia I was experiencing among other troublesome side effects on the Effexor I was on to help control the pain, she switched me to a newer drug with fewer side effects (Lexapro) to help with the pain control.  She also thought it would be wise for me to stop taking tylenol and ibuprofen for the pain to allow my body to detox in light of the 15 different drugs I have been given in the last 3 months to try to control the pain.

I have done as the neurologist has ordered, and already, I am feeling so much better!  The pain is so much more functional!  My sunglasses are now staying in my car for driving only, and I am actually opening the blinds in my house.  The pain in my head is more of just a dull ache now which is nothing compared to what I have been dealing with.  Bright lights still bother me and really loud noises still bother me, but again, not to the magnitude as before.  I am praising the Lord for allowing me to find a doctor who could figure out the right drug combo to help me get relief.  I am also so excited that she gave me clearance for Tim and me to continue with our plans to spend some time fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Asia Minor region in April.

The only trouble I am facing now is some severe nausea from one of the drugs.  I am calling my neurologist today hoping to get something to control the nausea so that I am not hindered by that and can go about my daily activities like I used to post-November!

Thanks again for partnering with me in prayer during this arduous journey!

1 comment:

  1. Praise the LORD! Glad to hear the good news!