Aside from fatigue, which is a whole other dimension of disability and always deserves its own post when talked about – it is never to be combined with the hundreds of other things that I deal with. Anyway, BESIDES fatigue, as far as functioning in daily life, bouts of brain fog and migraines are the things that hold me back the most in those areas 7 years later. I’m not even talking about participating in life – writing, hanging out in groups, taking a walking tour – all of which I cannot do. No, these things sometimes take away my ability to simply FUNCTION certain days.
The brain fog stills gets me sometimes. There are still days that I just know as soon as I wake up that the day ahead will be a lost cause. Forget about getting any work done or thinking much at all. It doesn’t happen a lot anymore, and it usually won’t last the ENTIRE day. It’s one more thing that no one else would understand unless you’ve experienced it.
The migraines. They’re just so bad. Years ago, I gave up dairy for a while and it did help with the migraines, but it only lasted about a month or 2 because I wanted to order a pizza. A few months ago, I had back to back – within weeks of each other – 2 of the absolute worst migraines that I’ve had in about 5 years. 3-days in duration, nausea, vomiting, and a pain so intense it makes you want to cut your head off. I remember once when my husband was at work and I was at home, I got a migraine and texted him “you might wanna stop at Target on your way home and pick me up a new head, I’m done with this one.”
So, I’m trying dairy-free again. It helps. But I have a headache right now and I’m disappointed. Perhaps I’m just having a Herxheimer reaction as all the dairy leaves my system.