Now that I am feeling slightly better, I will give you all an update on what's been going on this past week.
I went to see yet another new doctor on Wednesday. He is an Internist, as well as a Chiropractor. His partner is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
My father's girlfriend referred him to me as he has helped her tremendously with back pain.
He did the usual...took a thorough medical history and did an extensive neurological exam. The findings of the neuro exam were basically the same as always...nystagmus and vertigo....blah, blah, blah. I used to be so poised and had excellent balance...now...not so much. I wobble and fall all over the place. One finding he found to be interesting...I seemed to have delayed reflexes. Not that I really even know what the significance of that is.
I also had x-rays taken of my cervical spine. Now, in the past I have had MRI's...but never x-rays. I knew I had some abnormalities from my MRI's, such as Spondylosis....but according to the x-rays and from what this doctor said when he delivered my results...my cervical spine is a mess! His reponse...and I quote..."I don't even like to see this in someone in their 60's...especially someone that is only 33." Great. Fantastic. Just what I wanted to hear.
One possibly good thing about this is...I might have an answer for my chronic head pain and occipital neuralgia. Obviously, the migraine with aura is just an added bonus.
Anyways...from what he said...my cervical spine is completely curved in the opposite direction of what it is supposed to be. My c3 & c4 disc is completely degenerated, causing my vertebrae to basically be collapsed onto one another, with bone spurs sticking into my nerves...and my c5 & c6 have become fixated, as well as my c2 being tilted to the right, instead of straight up and down. He also said my muscles have low tone and are not holding my cervical spine in place....causing what he called "Myofascial Pain Syndrome."
Another theory. Yippee. So which out of the bazillion is right?
Anyhow...went and had cervical manipulation done on Thursday, followed by ultrasound and electric stim with heat.
This cervical manipulation is like nothing I have had before...and it HURT! It kind of was a "hurt so good" feeling while being done, but afterwards, I almost passed out and felt like he broke my neck. I supposedly had a vagal response.
I have never had my neck pulled and popped in so many directions.
I went home, iced and took some pain medicine and dragged myself to work yesterday morning.
I was doing ok until about 4pm. While taking a phone call from a physician and scheduling an induction...it happened. The dreaded loss of vision. When I loose my vision...it's always a bad sign. I lost my vision, my version of a migraine aura, almost immediately vomited up my lunch, became tingly and freezing cold, had loud, obnoxious ringing in my ears...and about 15 minutes later...came the debilitating pain.
So...it would appear that my so-called treatment & therapy...threw me into a severe migraine attack.
My co-workers called Jesse to come pick me up, and I have been hopped up on pain medication since, with ice attached to my head. At one point I begged Jesse to take me to the ER...but he reminded me that until this week, I am between Neurologists...and the ER docs don't really know shit when it comes to treating migraine. So I didn't go. And...here I am..wasting more of my life in bed, in pain...abandoning my job, my children, Jesse...etc...all because I am in too much pain to move.