It has been well over three months since I saw my gp and got a load of medication to try and a diary to keep. Some of the medication worked great (especially the one for migraine), some didn't work at all. The stuff I had to take daily only had one effect: it made me extremely tired. I stopped taking it at the end of last month.
The stuff I had to take when I got a headache, didn't work either. The only thing that seemed to be able to give me some relief was either cold packs on my forehead or heat packs on my shoulders/back. But once the headache had taken hold, even those didn't work anymore.
I kept the diary quite faithfully, although sometimes a week after the fact. From what I can gather from the diary is that the main 'event' happens about every two to three weeks. And with that I mean a massive attack that will take me out of the game for a few days.
Today I thought I would go see my gp, but alas, no room today, unless medical urgency. So, I got an appointment for next week and then we will talk about options. My goal is to get rid of the headaches and only have the migraines left. They happen about two to three times a year, sometimes less, sometimes more. With the new medication I should be able to deal with those quite comfortably.
Of course I don't know what the doctor will tell me. Will it be neurologist, fysiotherapist/chiropractor or something altogether different again. I will find out next Wednesday.
All photos taken in July 2005 on Illnacullen, Ireland