Crazy as a Loom

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Just say YAY.

Sydney says:

WHEW!   I'm exhausted.

I share her sentiments.  I have had a couple of tiring days.  But you'll be happy to hear that finally, FINALLY, I have reason to think that I might find an answer to my dilemma.
Yesterday, I went to the Headache Clinic, about a half hour from my home. I was up all night the night before, thinking and worrying about it.  Hey, I feel like I've been going in circles for FOUR months now, and I was desperate.

 My appointment was at 9:30 a.m., I expected to be there for ONE hour,  and I was there for FOUR hours.  Exam, all kinds of testing, and the grand finale, two shots of novacaine in the back of my head.

But at long last, an answer, and a plan.
My tests revealed that  there is damage to C2, C5, and C6 in my cervical spine, with a whole lot of inflammation that is causing my headache and neck pain.
Next week:  two appointments, an injection to my neck in each one.  Week after:  two more appointments, and two more injections.
Apparently, I have a headache that is 'hard wired'  now, and needs to be interrupted.   To do that will take about 3 months of testing, injections, and searching for the exact nerve(s) that are causing the problem.
I feel, at least, like I am in good hands.
I am relieved to have someone taking charge of this monster in my head.  
I'm not going to think about the injections right now.
Pain is pain.   I already know that I can take it.

I live for the hope that there is an end to it.

At the studio, I finally got the sewing machine going, and the 20 medium tote bags are finished.  Hope to have the pictures on my web site soon.

I want to say right here, that all of your comments, emails, prayers, wishes......all your concerns, have been very comforting, and helpful.
I have friends that I see all the time, and I have all of you, who I don't see.  But that doesn't make you any less friends.
And I thank you.
Sydney thanks you.
Cause you know she speaks for me sometimes, or do I speak for her?
Well, whatever.  
You know.
You keep coming back here, and you keep encouraging me, and that, dear friends, is priceless.


JC said...

Good ... that they have a plan for you. Is it steroid injections ? I've had four epidural steroid injections done on my back, was wondering if it might be the same treatment for you.

Anonymous said...

And now the healing process can begin. This is wonderful news! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us who care about your well being so very much! I'm sure your family is saying YAY too!

neknitsandbeads said...

Glad to hear about the plan to get rid of that pain!

Mrs. Turkey said...

Pain is no fun at I hope this solves the headaches for you and makes them disappear....poof! Just like that!
I love reading your blog and seeing all the beautiful things that you make. Fantastic job!
That Sydney sure is a pretty cat. I have three Siamese and it is never a dull household here....always something going on mischief wise!

Anonymous said...

You go girl! I am glad you didn't decide to "settle"! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Ruth Ann

MarthaVA said...

Hoping and praying continues.
O, and (((((hugs))))) too. :>)

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I could "hear" the relief in your words. You're a poster child for perseverance in the face of it all... I'd probably be curled up under the covers. Prayers and hugs to you!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Hallelujah for an answer and a plan!!!! For that, I am happy.

For the doctors who couldn't tell that you had that particular issue????? I am rather horrified.

I'm sure Sydney is thrilled:-))

Lona said...

Wonderful! Here's hoping you get permanent relief very soon...

Loomatic said...

Good for you for never giving up! Sounds like you may have an answer finally! I am hopeful for you. Wishing you and Sydney many days of sunshine that are painfree!

claudia said...

I want to do a big sigh of relief for you, but i will wait until the day, you say the headache is gone, gone, gone. For now i will say YAY! with you and be happy for you that there is finally relief in sight. Hurray for the Headaache Clinic!!!

Bonnie said...

A plan. How wonderful. A light at the end of the tunnel. Hope that it will be over very soon and no more headaches.

SD Sue said...

Oh thank you for sharing your hope and beginning of healing. I have been hurting right along with you except in my shoulder, which makes it impossible for me to weave, gasp! yes, horrible I know. So now there is a plan for you and relief that is so AWESOME! My prayers will continue to go out to you and for the Clinicians that they will really get RID of this monster headache for you You are truly an inspiration even when you have a headache! Thanks.

Country Girl said...

Oh, Hilary. Oh, my gosh!! You have no idea how happy this makes me. Finally. Finally you have some help.

Cait Throop said...

Oh YES!!!!!

Sue said...

So glad (and a bit jealous) that there is a plan to make you better. I'm still searching for answers for my back, and since we are finding that I don't react normally to most meds it has been a challenge. (Aleve actually made my arthritis worse!) Best of luck!!

Susan Harvey said...

I woke today with a migraine and struggled through my day as my usual dose of Advil wouldn't touch it. I moved slower but I still got in the studio and did some weaving and later some project planning and you were with me in spirit all afternoon. I kept thinking "if Hilary can do it, so can suck it up cupcake and keep moving"

Then to read your news tonight, I'm thrilled for you that a treatment plan is in the works for you! I think the hardest part is feeling all alone with "you and IT."

In 1992 I had severe disc degeneration in C2-C7 and the resulting headache was almost 18 months long. They gave me electric stimulation to a point in my neck while I was on an x-ray table and it was awful. I went back to massage and other gentler options and finally they eased off and went away. The arthritis that hit my neck moved onto my left hip (and subsequent hip replacement) and thankfully there have no further deterioration on my neck since. But the Big OS does like to roam at will. Getting older is not for the weak or faint of heart!

Thanks for helping me along the road with you....
Hugs, Susan

moosecraft said...

Whew! Sounds to me like you finally found the answer and the help you need! Sydney is a good bud to have... and Roy, too! :-)

LA said...

Double YAY!!! Good news (minus the shots!) about a treatment plan!

Lorraine said...

Amen! and Yahoo! We're all pulling for you!

Karen said...

So happy for you, to have someone who can give you an answer and a plan!... and.. so, this had nothing to do with your brain being too far down in your neck?... thank GOD you didn't go for any sort of surgery for THAT.

Karen said...

.. and I know your brain wasn't IN YOUR NECk, I just can't remember the name of the condition. Chiaria Malformation?? I'm sorry.

Hilary said...

I hope that before too long you can say that your headaches are LONG in the past. Keep thinking positive.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad!!! Not crazy about the fact that your cervical spine area is causing you grief, but glad that you have answers!

**Yay** is right!

Lili said...

Oh thank heavens you are in the right hands to finally get some relief. Yay for sure! I hope you soon will be able to curl up all comfy like Sydney and just snooze. ~Lili

KarenInTheWoods said...

I expect to see you turning cartwheels in 2 weeks, and weaving up a storm without a thought of pain!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Marsel said...

So glad you have a game plan!

Unknown said...

I just remembered that a friend of mine had injections (not Novocaine, but that doesn'tmatter) for quite awile following a car accident and it Worked. This sounds like something that will work. Fingers crossed.
I think Sydney looks waaay too comfortable. ;-)

Nancy said...

Thank goodness you have an answer to the cause of the headache. I once had a migraine so severe the doctor gave me an injection immediately. How have you been able to bear the pain?

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