So, I had Botox for my migraines two months ago and it seems to be helping, in most areas. I had asked my dentist about the botox for grinding my teeth and she said it wouldn’t help, but then I see that it IS supposed to help with jaw clenching, which I do! So, the next time I go, I’m going to ask about getting help with that. I have a dental appliance to help my teeth, but it doesn’t stop me from clenching my jaw. Has anyone else had experience with Botox helping with their jaw clenching? Please let me know!!! Please feel free to leave comments on my comments page!
However, my dog got skunked earlier this week, and quite frankly I’m not sure there was anything that could have prevented that migraine, which I’m still dealing with today on a much smaller scale. I’m able to work. I have had a migraine for 4 days, but my dog still smells! Although you have to get close to him to really smell it. Oy!!! I couldn’t get the smell out of my nose for at least two days. He’s always by my side when I have a migraine, but this was one of those instances where I was like….AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH get away from me!!!!!
So here I am at work today with sunglasses on, praying that what little pain I have will remain little!
Here is my poor dog, after being at the vet! He had to get a vaccine booster. He’s allergic to it, so this is my dog on Benadryl. It was like he was drunk all night. It’s sad and funny at the same time!
So, today is day 17 of my first Botox experience. I intended to write a day 10 article, but life got in the way. Day 10 is the day when you are supposed to see and feel some results. So, here are my results thus far.
I didn’t realize how much effort I was using to keep my eyes open. I have deep set eyes and as I age, it’s getting harder and harder to see without forcing my eyes open wider. That has gone away! Yay! I’ve had a total of 2 migraines. One right after my treatment, which I expected and another after a long stressful day. HOWEVER, the 2nd one, went away with plain Advil.
My WTF lines in my forehead are barely visible now. That’s cool. Rarely are there “good” side effects when you take a drug! My temples feel more relaxed than ever. I still have the bruise next to my eye. Yesterday I thought I was on the verge of getting a migraine all day. I took some Advil and after a few hours, it didn’t help. I had my Imitrex waiting for me and I was getting ready to take it. The pain was tolerable, but it was slowly increasing, and then it just went away.
So, I’m leaning towards saying that this is helping me so far. I will write another follow-up article to see if my progress continues and what happens when I get the second round of Botox. They said they could give me more if necessary, and I think I do need a little more above my right eye area, which is the area that always hurts the most when I get a migraine.
Recently, I got an article published on GrokNation’s site. Please read all about it here!
Do you put anything extra or buy water with extra ingredients to help with your migraines. They always tell us to drink plenty of water. So I drink a ton of water and then always buy some that has electrolytes in it. Lately I’ve been gagging down 20 drops of Trace Minerals added to my electrolyte water in the morning. It has a slight metallic taste to it. So I do it like a shot and then chase it with anything that tastes decent! It could be that I’m just having a good week, but I’ve been pretty decent this week since starting this. I got the Trace Minerals here.
I think we have all done this, pretending your well. My standard answer is that I’m fine, even though I’m in pain. Now if it’s a two Imitrex and lay down migraine, I’m not pretending I’m well. However most days I can have a migraine and pretend like nothing is wrong. How good are you at that? Now that is acting!!!!
Mine is, “Have you tried drinking more water?” I drink about 10-12 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Half of those usually include Electrolytes and 1 contains Trace Minerals.
So it’s the new year and as usual, most people are looking to get healthier. There are all sorts of technology-based items that can help you keep you on track!
There are lots of different food diaries, exercise diaries and the like. I’ve looked at several almost all of them offer some sort of premium service. So far the one food diary that I have liked the most is My Fitness Pal. It allows you to sync your Fitbit and TONS of other devices with it. Many of the other diaries only sync with certain devices, which I think is a downfall. If you pay for the premium you can customize your macro-nutrients so you can focus on certain nutrients more than others. Recently when I was stuck at a certain weight and couldn’t seem to get it to budge I figured out the cause thanks to a Facebook group I was in. The app will work with your activity tracker and add more calories to your daily allowance. So, I thought I was able to eat a little more (not going wildly overboard but still under my allotted “extra” calories, and that’s what was doing it! Turn that feature off if you get stuck at a certain weight!!!!! My weight finally budged after that!!!
Many of you have Apple iPhones, you probably are aware of their “Health” App. Well, it’s supposed to track your sleep, mindfulness, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep. For a more detailed idea of what it can do, there is an awesome article from How to Geek here! It integrates best with, of course, the Apple watch. Unless you have a ton of money to blow on that along with the fact that the new iPhone that is coming out is supposed to be over $1,000!!!! I find it to be a giant waste of money!
The Apple Health App also integrates with My Fitness Pal for the nutrition portion of the app. It also works with some iHealth devices. They have a wireless blood pressure monitor that keeps track of your blood pressure so you can show your doctor. iHealth also sells a Smart Gluco Blood Monitoring System to test your blood sugar and you can sync it with your iPhone to keep track of that. They also sell scales.
Withings sells many devices that will sync with your phone, as we all Fitbit. Fitbit also sells scales. I have the Aria scale. It syncs with my phone and tells me my body fat percentage. Last time I got on it, my weight didn’t go down, but my body fat did. I have been working out more lately on a new regime so I can attribute my body fat going down. I don’t know how accurate the body fat calculator is on this scale, but in this case, it would seem to me that it’s working. Remember a pound is still a pound whether it’s fat or muscle, they weigh the same!!!!! Muscle just takes up less space!!!! As shown by this picture of some props that are in my office!
Now I have a Migraine app on my phone called Migraine Buddy, it’s a pretty slick program that helps you keep track of daily headaches, possible causes, what you did to or take that helped or didn’t help AND a sleep tracker. The sleep tracker is inaccurate. I was annoyed by it when I realized that it was getting it from my Apple Health App. My Fitbit sleep tracker is way more accurate. So, I thought why can’t my Fitbit tell Apple’s Health App Sleep Tracker the correct info. Well, apparently it’s not that simple! It doesn’t work yet, BUT there’s an app for that!!! It’s a $2.99 app called Sync Solver. It manually will allow you to sync all your Fitbit data to your Apple Health App. Now all of your info is in 1 App. Seems a bit ridiculous, but if you are like me someone who suffers from Migraines it’s good to have a record of all of this stuff to show my doctors because if feels like a never ending battle trying to prove to them that it isn’t JUST STRESS!
So, there are lots of new devices out there to help you keep track of your health, and help you to become a happier, healthier person.