The symptoms began 4 days before my 48th birthday. Like so many, at first, I thought it was a reaction to pollen, arriving with the volatile weather and fragile greens trumpeting winter’s end. When the sore throat began and breathing became more and more difficult without any other sign of allergic reaction, I began to fear my isolation had come too late. Somehow I had caught the virus before it was even supposed to be in my area. Coronavirus, COVID-19.
It's been a while since I stopped in just to say, "hey, how's life going for you? Here's what's happening with me." Mostly that's because my symptoms have been limiting the amount of time and energy I have to write, revise and update The Zebra Pit and I feel like I should concentrate my efforts on symptom relief over camaraderie. But I have very exciting news to share, so I thought I'd combine it with a bit of an update.
In order to help you identify the type of head pain you're experiencing, here's a few tips for identifying and treating them based on my own experiences. Remember, every patient can be different and ultimately the treatments you choose should be made in consultation with the doctors on your care team.
Chiari Malformations are structural defects located at the in the base of the skull where the spine meets it. These structural defects can cause the brain to sag into the spinal canal, causing herniation of a portion of the cerebellum, cerebellar tonsils and/or the fourth ventricle. Depending on the severity, there are a variety of symptoms and complications that come with Chiari Malformation.
The disastrous consequences of testing my mettle this summer by taking a 1,400 mile round trip drive to the Upper Peninsula to pick up my nephew and bring him back home after a 3 week visit; a spoonie story.