So since not a soul asked, I’m going to explain why I haven’t been posting much lately.
For the last four weeks I have had a very painful headache. My Nurse Practitioner and I have hit a wall trying to figure out what is causing it and so far we’re stumped.
It started a few weeks after my cough did. The cough started at the end of February and about five days in, I headed to our local hospital to make sure it wasn’t pneumonia, as I have had it in the past when having a deep cough. Fortunately it wasn’t pneumonia, and I was sent home with codeine syrup to help me sleep.
I used that for the five days and though it didn’t fix the cough, I was able to sleep.
When the cough didn’t go away, my Nurse Practitioner started me on a puffer to see if that would help. I did get some relief, but I was increasingly uncomfortable as the cough remained productive. I was also having times of being unable to take a deep breath as the coughing fits would happen.
And in the midst of all this, I ended up with a bladder infection and was put on an antibiotic for three days. Which led to me telling off someone in the waiting room, which I have NEVER done! But that’s another story.
So when I still wasn’t getting relief from my cough, my NP ordered an antibiotic since a virus should have cleared up on its own during the time I was coughing. I was able to get relief and the cough eased up. Which was a very happy time!
But that’s when the headache began. I was using Ibuprofen and was getting mild relief from the head pain. My NP added a Triptan, which sadly didn’t work at all. I bumped up my Ibuprofen just to manage, but that failed as well. Because of the possible side-effect of a rebound headache, my NP asked me to stop the Ibuprofen and she prescribed me T3. That helped for a bit, but didn’t give long-lasting relief.
Which brings us to one week ago when I was prescribed Propanolol. It seemed to help a great deal. The second day on it was great and I was able to be more active and help out with our minimizing for our upcoming move. That was this past Friday, and here we are. I still have headaches, but they are moderated a bit by the Propanolol. But the are still there, now focused in the right temple, directly above my eye. I am managing for the most part, but still tire very easily and the headache comes back strong if I’ve done too much around the house.
So we are at a stand-still. We have no idea what is causing my headaches, and why the plethora of meds hasn’t had an long-term effect on the pain. Is it part of my fibromyalgia? Is it something new? I’m also having dry eyes, pain with eye movement and an extremely dry mouth. And I’m kind of going squirrely trying to figure it out!
So help me out. If you have any tips, please share below!0