The good news is that I had a follow up on my MRI and my brain appears to be normal! (Wait, my mirthless neurologist advised me, with no trace of cute, that my brain is "healthy". Normal is not something she can comment on.) The less good news is that I still have to deal with these headaches and to find some sustainable fix, all without the benefit of triptans, those serious meds that nonetheless beat migraines into submission.
The other good news is that I have a renewed sense of motivation and I booked an appointment with my naturopath, a practitioner who helped me tremendously a few years ago when I was falling apart from long undiagnosed postpartum depression and anxiety - not to mention a subclinical thyroid disorder and some serious adrenal fatigue. I wrote about this in 2008, btw, during a week long series on health and lifestyle.
I believe in, and have practiced, many alternative modalities, though I don't talk about them much here. Over the last year I've been seeing an acupuncturist to try to manage my headaches (and to deal with the fallout over pertussis). While I totally believe in the effectiveness of acupuncture - my parents are acupuncturists with a longstanding clinic - the acupuncturist I saw recently did not crack the code vis a vis my headaches.
The truth is, I've changed a lot since I re-established a healthy, sane lifestyle a bunch of years ago. I'm in the midst of serious hormonal change and I have to consider new ways of approaching diet and supplementation to manage it. The former regimen isn't going to work for my current self. But even as I'm very motivated to resolve this, as I must be, I'm also tired.
I won't be the first to posit this, but nature is an evil bitch to throw pubescent daughters together with perimenopausal mothers. Furthermore, I won't lie. It's rough times here and I'm not exactly remaining objective or equanimous. (Mind you, neither is my kid.)
So that's my mini update on this topic - which, I suspect, I speak about entirely too often and in polite company.
Today's question: Wise Ladies who have transcended this particular life stage: Can you offer those of us going through it (ok, namely me) how your life is beautiful and healthy on the other side.