In case you get really confused, you can read back on:
The Search for Sanity: Part I
The Search for Sanity: Part II
Although I'm not sure why you would want to...
This week I had two appointments with Calli, my acupuncturist. As a side note, I probably should call her Dr. Wang, as she is an MD & all, but we're on a first name basis now :). Appointment number 4 was on Tuesday evening.
- I had not had any migraines since #3, just a constant headache
- Calli did a technique called scraping (ouch) and cupping, discussed earlier
- It wasn't as painful as the first time, which was good
- She gave me some Chinese herbal pills to take twice a day
- Calli advised me to continue a sugar-free diet and to also try gluten-free... WHAT?!
Yep... gluten-free. I had a little breakdown after that appointment. Going without added sugars is hard. But going without gluten?! That's basically my entire diet. Luckily, it hasn't been too bad so far. I went to my favorite grocery store, Sprouts, and bought some gluten free pasta as well as a bread mix. My diet is very limited, but a lot healthier than before which is good.
- Grant came! Woohoo!
- Calli put a lot of needles in the back of my head and then hooked up the electronic stimulator machine
What a lovely picture!
After five visits with Calli, basically what we have determined is that I don't have normal migraines... Old news.
She said that if I had a normal headache/migraine then the traditional acupuncture (just needles) would have solved my problem. The fact that I have had five visits, tried various methods, and still haven't seen any progress means... I'm weird...? She thinks that something else is going on to trigger the pain, she's guessing a food allergy. That's why I can only eat fruits, vegetables and cheese... :)
I guess this shouldn't surprise me. When I was little, my neurologist said I was the youngest case he had ever seen. Excellent. I have lots of different triggers and my migraines continue to evolve. Even better. Dealing with migraines is something I can handle. I'm a pro. Believing I might be able to get rid of them, doing everything I can, and then seeing no progress... not my forte.
So... I'm continuing with the no-sugar, no-gluten diet, taking herbal medicine twice a day, and now adding a daily session of homemade rice-bag therapy. I am also attempting to continue believing that this might work. I am also going to take some Tylenol now :)
Oh, and does anybody know any good gluten-free recipes?! Or a recipe that can easily be turned into gluten free? That would be awesome :)