Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Magic Mushrooms

I used to have headaches.

A lot.

After the gallbladder incident, I'd met my deductible, so I decided to see how deep the rabbit hole went and try to find a way to combat the headaches.*

I'd been to my general practitioner a couple times about it.  He and I both felt certain it was a sinus issue, but the stuff we'd been trying wasn't kicking the pain.  He sent me to an ENT.  After a CT scan and allergy testing, I found that I was allergic to a lot of things, super allergic to a couple things, and that my sinuses were fine.


I went back to my g.p., and he sent me to a neurologist.

My neurologist made me do a bunch of sobriety tests to make sure I didn't have a balance issue, ordered blood work and a MRI, and prescribed a tiny pill that was on the $4/month drug list at giant soul-sucking retail stores.  I dutifully had my blood drawn, explored the cave, and filled the prescription.

I didn't really believe any of it would make a bit of a difference.

But within a week, the pill worked.  IT WORKED.

I've been on the magic pill for three weeks, and my headaches have dropped in frequency from nearly every day to perhaps once a week.  I have one today, and it reminds me how fortunate I am that I have one today and not today, yesterday, the day before that, and probably tomorrow.

Today.  I can handle it since it's just today.

I am thankful.

*See also, "Reasons Why Our Healthcare System Is Broken"


  1. I'm happy for you! So, what is this magic pill? What did they find out you were allergic to?


  2. Hi Bonnie! I could completely relate to this post. I have allergies and asthma--big time! And with my house full of dogs, that probably does not help, but I would never change that for anything. Therefore, I am left with being on an allergy pill all year long (plus run the vacuum daily) and it totally helps--Allegra (thank goodness it's avail. in generic pill)--sort of an old school allergy pill, but boy does it help. I am glad your headaches are subsiding--they can be crippling, I know.

  3. So glad that you found a remedy to make things a bit better.