When they first gave me a diagnosis of the Rebound headache, they told me it was extremely difficult to treat and that it was going to be an extremely difficult road. I was already in the middle of what I thought was the difficult road when I asked how long this would last. Their best guess was two weeks or so. I clung on to the former, the two weeks. In fact I almost counted down, as if at the 2 week mark I would magically be better. Unfortunately I fell into the “or so” category and the difficult road had not even really begun, well it had, but it was far from over and I believe it is still far from over.
The more I learn about the Rebound headache the more I am amazed about it. I am amazed that I fell victim to it…I was far from an abuser of medicine, I was simply taking medication according to doctors it’s just that I had seen so many doctors over the course of 2 weeks time that I was on so many different medications and had received so many through shots that when I decided on my own to stop them all cold turkey so that I could go to work with a clear head there were major consequences. And those consequences I am now dealing with every day.
I am on day 16 of this Rebound headache. I have never really known anything so persistent in all my life. It never leaves…it might lessen, but it has never gone away in those 16 days. And then come the times when it is so bad that I don’t know what I am going to do, how in the world I will ever be able to push through the pain. Night times seem to be the worst this week. And then came yesterday, the pain was this bad all day. Every time I tried to overcome it I would get so nauseous that I would have to take something or risk finding out what it might feel like to throw up with this headache. I chose Zofran!! After having experienced a full blown migraine that lasted 9 days and a spinal headache that resulted in a spinal blood patch, over the course of my Saga, the pain that I have experienced during this 16 and counting day Rebound headache can really only be compared to….I got nothing! Nothing to date in my life had really compared. Most likely due to the longevity but also the utter intensity of the pain at its worst.
So today I was exhausted from pushing or rather relaxing through the pain alI day yesterday. I have learned to accomplish this in a very dark room, laying flat in bed, with a heated rice bag over my eyes and head. On days like yesterday, when the bag starts to cool, I get it reheated (by Dan or Josiah) and start over and when that no longer gave relief, I finally took a shower and then finally sleep. The day after one of these days is spent mostly sleeping most likely from exhaustion (Later I would figure out that this is what a migraine hangover or postdrome is like after everyone). So today I have slept most of the day, but the headache has lessened enough to provide a real update.
So with all that said, this is not over and I am very much still in the middle of this awful Rebound Headache. No idea what tomorrow will bring, just the nature of this thing and we have no idea what the “or so” really means. So I continue to pray and I know many of you out there are praying for me and I thank you for that . Other than that, things are pretty quiet around the house and the boys are figuring out their routines without me or with me only to help here and there to minimally prod them along in the right direction.