Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Barometric Pressure Headaches ~ still

They say it takes about a year to be healed from a brain decompression and here I am thinking I feel pretty good so I must be healed already ~ until I get whacked with the stealth barometric headaches again. My surgical report did state that I had absolutely no flow at all in my 4th ventricle prior to surgery. The decompression restored the flow to that of the 'jet stream', but I wonder how much time I must wait until the pressure headaches are gone. Maybe I will always be plagued by them due to too much damage from 38 years of ventricle squashing in my brain?!

I was reading up on what causes these pressure headaches. I must fall into the category of 'weather sensitive' individuals. There is a feature on where you put in your zip code and it will tell you on a scale of 1-10 what the Aches and Pains index will be for the area where you live. They are predicting a 6 for today and a 7 for next Monday. This might be a good idea to keep track of when planning activities for the week ~ to not expect much when the numbers creep above 5. But then again, I usually can tell at least 24 hours before the pressure is coming.

Maybe those ancient memories ingrained in my DNA about sailing across the ocean serve me well. I would have been be very handy on a ship since I can tell if there's bad weather coming ~ sigh. Now where's my Excedrine Migraine medicine?!!


RiverPoet said...

Oh, I was hoping you'd be all better by now :-(

I'm headed up to TCI on April 6/7 to see the good docs. I'm hoping they have a whole lot more answers for me than Johns Hopkins did. It sure seems as if they are more thorough. My life has been miserable lately. I can't wait to see what they say.

Meanwhile, heal, hang in there, and get your rest.

Peace - D

Lisa said...

I know what you mean. I've been having such aches and pains in my back, neck and face! I guess it's just something us "patients" will have to learn to live with.

I hope you are feeling better soon!


Dee Hall said...

Hi Lacie..
I must be in the same club. I have been having at least one headache a week..some last a day..some a couple. I had a follow up on wednesday at TCI with Dr Kula. Lots of tests..4 mri's..ct and he ordered a slough of tests...more cts..another urodynamic..bloodwork ..xrays.. tilt table test and follow up with an orthopedist and urologist. Long week..
As he said about the headaches.. " this is the begining of the end".. I pray that he is right..for both of us.

hang in there

BillyBob said...

WOW!! I thought Sharon and I were oddballs because the weather has such a profound effect on our pain, especially her headache, but to a lesser degree, my beat up liver... Lace, we can soooo relate. Love, Bobby