The Mind and Mental Health: How Stress Affects the Brain

https://www.tuw.edu/health/how-stress-affects-the-brain/

Recently, a friend reminded me how much stress is affecting me. For the umpteenth time, I will have to talk to my doctor about a full neurological workup because I am not myself at all. Dizzy, anxious, burnt out, exhausted to the point where I can barely keep my eyes open, yet I am not getting the right amount of sleep. Last night, I broke down and took the prescription I had previously mentioned. I slept under seven hours, but was mentally awake for most of that time (which means I was not hitting a real REM cycle); I just couldn’t move, and when I did, I would drink some iced hibiscus tea, which I keep in a big Starbucks cold cup, and go right back into finding a comfortable spot, especially since I woke up a little before midnight with a cat firmly attached to my feet. She doesn’t usually spend her nights with me, so I knew she was worried about me. That’s when she becomes maternal. I then woke up from a headache and an anxiety attack which piggy-banked into a full blown panic attack. At 1:30 in the morning. For no obvious reason, and by then, she had wandered off.

Stress can break you down. I should be calm and a little more laid back as certain things in my life are going really well, but for some reason, my mind is not on board. I hope there’s a way to find out what’s wrong and get the help I need before I am hospitalized and having to relearn how to do things. It is scary, but this has happened in my family, so I am well within my rights to be concerned.

I am trying to take it easy, limit stress, and hopefully I can manage this without lashing out at my doctor later this month. I feel he has been hesitant and irresponsible when I’ve presented all the lead up symptoms to what I m currently experiencing. If he blows me off again, I will schedule an appointment with someone new, and fire him by year’s end. Unfortunately, I feel this is is something I need to do if he refuses to take it seriously. I can’t exactly go to Urgent Care with something I’m deeply unsure of. Yet, I know my body and I know something is wrong. I’m praying it is something that lifestyle adjustments will fix, but part of me feels it’s worse.

Praying for less stress and better days.

Migraines Are a Serious Problem. Employers Can Help

https://hbr.org/2021/02/migraines-are-a-serious-problem-employers-can-help

Even with a solid treatment plan that’s been in place for a few years, my migraines still plague me at times. I should be okay right now, but I’m coming off of nearly three straight weeks of intense pain and lack of sleep, so I’m in the state of waiting for the pain to return. Usually, my treatment nips long-term migraines in the bud, but this time, it didn’t. I am also on a new CGRP drug that I’m not especially happy with.

Prescription Medications for Fibromyalgia: Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella, and Off-Label Remedies

https://www.health.com/condition/fibromyalgia/prescription-medications-for-fibromyalgia-lyrica-cymbalta-savella-and-off-label-remedies

I’m a rare success story with Cymbalta, at a very high dose of 360 mgs. I took it accidentally, but it helped so much and my doctor had zero issues with the dosing. Unfortunately, once it stopped working, I could no longer tolerate even the smallest dose. 😦 I have no idea what it’s like to be pain-free.

How anxiety and your diet are connected, according to experts

https://www.mic.com/p/how-anxiety-your-diet-are-connected-according-to-experts-58139799

I suffer from extreme anxiety. My diet is fairly healthy. Lots of fresh fish and vegetables, and other lean protein sources. I’m picky about my fruit, but will eat an entire watermelon without batting an eye. I rarely eat red meat, I cut out a lot of dairy, I don’t eat fast food, and I don’t drink coffee. I gave it up in September of 2018, and I do not miss it. I try to make healthy choices. On occasion I do need to break up the monotony of healthy eating and eat something that’s not super healthy (even if it’s homemade pizza, I realize I am still using relatively healthy ingredients, even if it just means I chose a higher quality sauce and cheese.), but this has made no difference for my overall mental health. I still struggle with sleep, with panic attacks, with migraines after a panic attack, and other associated health issues. That’s my experience, but don’t let it influence you if you feel like a diet change might help you. We’re all different.