3.08.2013

Strange Post-Surgery Side Effects

It's been 5 weeks since my surgery and I am doing pretty well. I have had a few issues with healing and likely it is because I feel ok and then do something that sets me back.....like shovelling snow. I worked from home for two weeks then did half days a the office before returning to full days this week. I am still experiencing some bleeding and a bit of pain on my right side which may or may not be related to the surgery.  For the most part I feel like I can do most of my regular activities and because I feel ok I think I do things that I maybe shouldn't.

Just last weekend I went out with a friend to chase down the aurora for an all night photo shoot across one of the ice roads. I waited three weeks to start driving again just to be sure I didn't over do it. But there have been a few weird little glitches that I didn't count on the most significant being the return of migraines.

When I was about fifteen, I remember getting a brutal migraine on the bus on the way to school. Before I could even make it to my first class I was in the bathroom on my knees puking my guts out and wishing someone would take the axe out of my head. I remember thinking there was no way a headache could be this bad and that a person would survive. I remember this all happening right around the time I started taking the birth control pill and after a few months of random headaches they went away. I didn't have another headache until I was in my mid twenties and went off the pill. Now, I've had my hysterectomy and again the migraines are back.

I actually had my last migraine the same night my buddy and I went out chasing the aurora – just a week ago. I had to have a him drive me home from work because I had lost a significant portion of my vision, kind of a dangerous thing if you are driving. I left work early and took an anti-inflammatory as soon as I got home. Then I lay down on the couch with an ice pack on the back of my neck and waited for the headache to run its course. By the time we were supposed to leave (about six hours later), the pain had mostly dissipated. I still had a pretty good headache but I just took another pill, washed it down with coffee and let the cold air and fresh air soothe the ache.

I remember reading somewhere that migraines could be triggered by changes in hormone levels and I was anticipating headaches after I started taking testosterone but they never happened. Now I am convinced that they are linked to my estrogen levels. I don't know if there is anything that I can do in the meantime besides avoid stress and stay healthy, get enough sleep and be aware of any prodromes (pre-symptoms) and keep a record of when they happen. 

It's been a while since I've experienced a migraine aura which are actually a lot like aurora borealis...sometimes they are faint and hard to see, other times they are really bright and overwhelming. Both aura and aurora move and flicker, both are unpredictable in when they appear, and while the aurora borealis is beautiful and breathtaking, the visual aura of a migraine has it's own odd beauty.

Has anyone ever had migraines as a result of their HRT or had experiences with migraines after having a hysterectomy?

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