June and her delicate brain, part deux

I returned to the headache clinic this morning, as I have not seen the headache docor who diagnosed me with a "delicate brain" since May. Because I was in that study of the experimental migraine medicine, I always saw the nurse. The head nurse, as it were. Get it?

Bah.

My brain may be delicate, but it is HILARIOUS in that bone-china-and-butterflies cranium.

Anyway, we upped the everyday thing I take to abate my delightful migraines, and also I finally consented to get nerve blocks, a thing I resisted before.

And no matter what you do, please give me unsolicited medical advice.

Before I got there, I had to fill out some paperwork, saying how many migraines I get a month (about seven) (had one last night) (my life is FUN), what I take for them (heroin), and my … um … caffeine intake.

Remember last time? When he told me to give up coffee?

Yeah.

"June, if you really want to make a difference in your headaches, you have GOT to get off caffeine," old Marquis de Sade told me.

"I KNOW!" I moaned, "you have no idea how addicted I am! I really tried last time and I could NOT!"

He seemed unimpressed with this info.

You guys, I used to drink wine. EVERY DAY. I'd get home from work, pour me a big old glass. I drank about half a bottle of wine a night, then on weekends I'd drink a whole bottle on Friday and again on Saturday.

I told myself this was too much alcohol, so I'd try to limit myself. I had these wine glasses? They had an etching of Michigan on them? Because I'm classy? And I'd tell myself, I will only pour wine up to Traverse City. That is all I will drink tonight.

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Then I'd pour wine way up past the upper peninsula and drink all that, and revisit the U.P. a second time.  In Michigan we call the upper peninsula the "U.P." We are crazy with the abbreviations that way.

Finally I figured out I had to get help to stop drinking, so I did. But guess what? There is not a caffeine anonymous.

So here is today's Pieces of Wisdom question. How the Sam Holy Hill do I quit you, Juan Valdez? HOW DO I DO IT???

I've got a caffeinated monkey on my back.

 

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

118 thoughts on “June and her delicate brain, part deux”

  1. P.S. Anita, the reason caffeine is in some migraine meds is that caffeine can indeed be a quick fix. The pain of migraine (at least the most common kind) is (at least partly) due to blood vessels expanding. When you have some caffeine, they shrink back down immediately to a more normal size. The problem is that this cycle is a vicious one and pretty soon, the more you treat the migraine pain with caffeine or migraine meds like Imitrex etc., the worse those blood vessels will expand the next time, requiring more to shrink them down, and so on (see my post above).

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  2. I loved Diet Coke. Okay, I still love it. I have given it up and always gone back. I haven’t had any in 8 months. I had horrible migraines, a few a month. I have had ONE in 8 months. I also had weird sleep and night anxiety issues. Okay, I loved Diet Coke and obviously drank it like a fiend. I am sure Nutrasweet is horrible for you and maybe worse than caffeine but I no longer walk in my sleep or have anxiety dream after anxiety dream. It is a relief to no longer dream I am missing my college Spanish final or dream I have a phone call from the university telling me I still have two classes to complete and I find myself a 40-year-old living with mere children in the dorms. Ah, sweet relief. do it!

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  3. I drank maybe 4 Diet Cokes a day plus 2 cups of coffee. It was suggested that I give up caffeine, as a way to lessen my anxiety. I switched to Caffeine Free Diet Coke but didn’t know what to do about my meager 2 cups of coffee per day.
    Right now I’m doing a 50/50 blend of regular and decaf. The secret is to find a good decaf coffee. Get yourself a nice, strong, blend of decaf from Starbucks or Caribou or whomever is in your area – and see if you can live with that. I’ll be going caffeine-free once I’m out of my blended coffees.
    You don’t eat chocolate, right? Because migraine sufferers can’t have anything! But headaches and the heartbreak of having to give up all of the tasty vices.

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  4. My comment may be too late. I love your blog and hate to see people suffering. I, too, suffered from horrible migraines, several a month. Until I gave up most (but not all) caffeine and all diet sodas (and other artificial sweeteners) and most sugary snacks. Now, I can still feel the click in my head that used to mean an impending migraine and I still sometimes get a headache when that happens, but very rarely a migraine. From my own past experience there is more social pressure to have coffee than alcohol and the latter is easier to give up than the former. I’m rooting for you!

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  5. Oh, Mrs. Oh! Tried to comment on your blog, but I don’t have time to sign up. Glad you have had good medical care and will be heading home soon! I enjoy reading your comments here.

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  6. Mrs. Oh, many good thoughts coming your way. What a thing! Good sign that you are here again for the positive therapy of June.

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  7. Mrs. Oh, many good thoughts coming your way. What a thing! Good sign that you are here again for the positive therapy of June.

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  8. Mrs. Oh, many good thoughts coming your way. What a thing! Good sign that you are here again for the positive therapy of June.

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  9. Sadie was just thinking that it might be time for a physical. Glad I'm off the coca colas as they are more addictive than coffee although it might be time to switch to decaf. says:

    Mrs. Oh, no wonder we haven’t heard from you. My goodness gracious! Thank goodness you were not camping in a remote spot when you had your heart attacks.
    Sending hugs and prayers.

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  10. Sadie was just thinking that it might be time for a physical. Glad I'm off the coca colas as they are more addictive than coffee although it might be time to switch to decaf. says:

    Mrs. Oh, no wonder we haven’t heard from you. My goodness gracious! Thank goodness you were not camping in a remote spot when you had your heart attacks.
    Sending hugs and prayers.

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  11. Sadie was just thinking that it might be time for a physical. Glad I'm off the coca colas as they are more addictive than coffee although it might be time to switch to decaf. says:

    Mrs. Oh, no wonder we haven’t heard from you. My goodness gracious! Thank goodness you were not camping in a remote spot when you had your heart attacks.
    Sending hugs and prayers.

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  12. What a shocking experience, Mrs Oh!! I hope your recovery continues on a positive path!! I am so thankful you were able to get yourself into the hands of the experts in a timely fashion!
    Sending up prayers and positive energy on your behalf!

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