You would think that quitting work and taking a break means less stress and a healthier body. For me, it was not. In fact, ever since I stopped working, it is almost like my body has lost its adrenaline and will to fight and gives in to the smallest amount of stress, manifesting itself into various forms of pain for the body but most commonly migraine attacks.
I’ve been prone to migraines to as far back as I can remember, the age of 9. My oldest memory was when I was in grade 4 and would have to travel home by myself (both parents were at work) in the school bus. Many days I would step off the school bus doing projectile spews resulting from a splitting headache. So my point is, migraines are not foreign to me. However, the frequent attacks that I have had are way beyond what I can handle. In recent years, well let’s say after giving birth, I have resorted to Panadeine and strong doses of Voltaren, to help numb the migraines to make daily activities possible. Even then, the more recent attacks would see Panadeines and the strongest stuff fail on me. Two weeks ago, I was stuck in bed for more than 36 hours, with a prolonged migraine that tortured me to cold sweats and pleads for hospital admission.
It was after the more recent attacks that I’ve resorted to Chinese acupuncture. I’ve tried Physiotherapy and Chiropractise but neither have worked, despite spending a lot of money on both.
So far, after doing 9 days of religous remedial massages, acupuncture and taking torturous Chinese herbal medicine, I’m very impressed with the healing. It seems my body is responding well.
The first few days saw some lingering migraines at the start of the day but after each acupuncture treatment, it was like epidurals in effect! Mind you, it’s a very expensive dose of epidural at $99 per treatment. But at this rate, I’m willing to spend my whole fortune on getting back to 100%.
The Chinese doctor insists that once my ‘qi’ and balance is restored, I’ll never experience migraines again ( with an intelligent caveat ‘as long as I don’t allow my stress to build up again’ ). Still, he’s made a big call and I’m banking on his confidence.