Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tomorrow Was a Better Day

Crunching the Numbers

Today has been a better day.  The Headache is behaving itself, trying to spark back up with series of icepick headaches, but slowly dissipating as the day grows into night.  Was able to do my grocery shopping and even cook some low fat lasagna.  Woo Hoo!!!

I decided today to crunch some numbers, comparing where I am this year with the occipital stimulator to where I was last year at this time without the stimulator.  I get so discouraged when I have another "Bad Headache" day, I forget what it was like pre-stimulator.

When I use the term "Bad Headache" I mean that the constant headache I have reaches upwards to the stratosphere of pain, up to the point where I absolutely am unable to tolerate it without major intervention, either a doctor visit, rescue medication, or an ER or Urgent care visit.  The "Bad Headache" days are days when I cannot function at all.

I compared the period from January 1 to April 16th, last year (2009) to this year (2010).  There is a great deal of improvement, which makes me feel much better after my really sucky weekend.  I had 25 "Bad Headaches" in that period in 2009 and only 3 so far in 2010.  That is a huge decrease, with me going from having a completely disabling headache every four days to having one every 35 days.  My average pain levels are down considerably too!  Thank heavens for electricity. 


  1. Oh my goodness WNPP, what a considerable difference in your headache pain appearing. Thank God things are improving with you dear one. Blessings.

  2. Thanks JBR. It was a miracle that I got into the headache study - I was told I was the last person who got one installed on the study and only 120 were done in the U.S. God does answer prayers!