The Results Are In

You may recall my epic migraine.

I went to the neurologist on Tuesday for my follow up appointment. The good news is all the tests came back negative. I didn’t even know he was testing me for lupus, but that’s the one thing he mentioned for the blood work results. [It was negative.] The carotid artery ultrasound was clear, the 2-D echo was clear, and the only thing he really said about the EEG was that he wants to run it again after the baby is born, because he thinks the residual headache I had the day of the test affected the results on the left side of my brain [which is the side the headache was/is on].

I’m still under orders to relax. I was very up front with him – I told him the day the bills for all of the tests arrived, I took two Tylenol 3s because I felt a really bad stress/tension headache coming on.

A large part of me is very frustrated that I don’t have any real answers. Almost any answer would have been better than “pregnancy makes migraines do funny things.” I cried in the office when the doctor reminded me to relax, because the stress could have a negative affect on the baby. The entire time, I wasn’t all that worried about me. I was [and am!] terrified what affect this is going to have on my child.

I can only hope he’s right about this all going away when the baby is delivered.

Comments

  1. Ugh. I’m sorry you still don’t have an answer. I know all too well how that feels. At least the ugliest possibilities are ruled out. You know your priorities are warped when you can now say with relief, “at least it’s not lupus.”

    • I feel like my priorities are entirely warped because I’m relieved it’s not Lupus.

      I had an incident about 4 years ago where I passed out (while driving) and at the time the MRI was so inconclusive that the doctor was all, “Well it might be MS, but MS is hard to diagnose.” Gee thanks, doc.

  2. oh how i hate that you have to endure this. not knowing is just awful.
    praying that the “they will go away after baby” comments are true.
    becky

    • Thank you.

      I’m crossing my fingers that all I have to be treated for after this kid’s born is migraines, which I knew I had to begin with.

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