Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Mind Zapping Monkeyshines
The last few months I have been taking clonazepam in order to sleep better [which in theory will decrease my overall pain levels] starting at .5 mg, then 1 mg, and this last week have been increasing it by .5 mg every other night until I was up to 2.5 mg. The instructions were to increase it until I got a good night's sleep without waking up at 2 AM and without feeling drugged in the morning when I got up to go to work.
My overall headache pain levels have been increasing all summer long and last night I finally made a correlation between the increased dosage of clonazapam (Klonopin) and the growing pain. Not only did I have a headache on the bad side of my head but I was starting to get an overall headache all the time. I stopped the clonazepam last night and woke with much less head pain. Headache, or a hangover type headache, seems to be a fairly common side effect for this medication. Just my luck. If sleep comes in short shrift (like last week) I may try taking it again.
Got a good day's work done today, even though I had to delay going to work in the AM because The Headache itself was not behaving. My "entire head" headache was gone, but The Headache decided that this morning was its day to play. I finally lulled it back to semi-sleep with ice and then drove to work. It's always a gamble on days like today if I will make it home from work, or just make it to the ER. Hoping that when the clonazepam totally gets out of my body (which may take a day or two) The Headache will calm itself down, and I won't feel like such a wilted lily.
Have been trying to control my nervous system with my biofeedback CD. Mostly I am just having trouble controlling the CD player which is wanting to skip. Of course this is not conducive to being in a meditative state so I guess my nervous system is just railing about out of control wrecking havoc throughout my body. I did changeup my occipital stimulator settings today to see if that might jog the brain cells to quit colliding. It's somewhat like a nuclear explosion - when the bouncing brain cells collide enough times I hit critical mass and The Headache explodes.
In the news today was an article about the discovery of a genetic difference that many common migraine sufferers (like me for years and years) share concerning the storage/usage of glutamate. Glutamate and nitric oxide work together, and apparently glutamate can start cascades of neural signalling which effect diseases such as epilepsy and autism. The article states that an overload of glutamate may be why the migraine begins, essentially sending too many signals to the synapses and starting the migraine process. The researchers hope to find a way to inhibit the overload or to prevent the resulting signals in order to control migraines without aura (common migraine). Since a lot of research and many medications are geared to migraine with aura because there is a warning that a migraine is going to occur, new medication options for migraine without aura would be a great stride forward towards controlling this disease.