I can’t remember when it all first started. I think right after my son was born. They came on during my 30’s. They started out with only a few per month. It gradually increased, and in my 40’s it came almost everyday. In fact, my whole body was wracked with pain. My doctor wouldn’t do anything for me and refused to prescribe pain medication which was the only thing that had helped before. It got so bad that the only thing I could do was walk my son three houses down to the bus stop in the morning. Then I’d come back and get back into bed where I’d be all day. Always in horrible pain.
It got so bad that I told my husband that I didn’t think I could handle another few years of this. I wondered how I could find a doctor to prescribe medical marijuana. I didn’t know if it would help but I was desperate. I’d spend hours on WebMD and other medical sites looking up symptoms to figure out what was wrong. My doctor said she didn’t think I had migraines. Little did I know, that my doctor who was great up until that point had no idea what she was talking about.
One day, I saw an ad for a pain clinic. “A pain clinic?”, I thought, what was that? I called but they told me they only take referrals. So I called a doctor in their provider chain and made an appointment. Once in this new doctor’s office I cried. I begged. I tearfully told her I was not trying to get pain meds for an addiction. I’ve tried to get rid of the pain other ways. I did yoga, acupuncture, rolfing, massage, chiropractor, diet, hot baths, stretching, you name it, I tried it. I just needed help. Then I asked her to refer me to the pain clinic. She said she couldn’t do it until I saw some other doctors first. The first one I went to was a neurologist.
Honestly, I didn’t think the neurologist would do much. I had been suffering pain for years. Nothing helped. The neurologist took one look at me and said “You have chronic migraines. That is what is causing your pain, not only in your head, but your entire body.” How could a headache cause pain in my entire body? Would a headache cause my legs and back to hurt so much that I was bedridden? It sounded odd. At this point I didn’t care. I’d do anything. So I left his office with several prescriptions and another appointment for the following week.