Migraines, Botox & Sleep Studies

It has been awhile since I updated you on my ongoing battle with chronic migraines, which started over a year ago. I’ve never had them before and this one does not cease, ever, it’s been very wearing on me. I’ve tried all kinds of medications, diet changes and nothing has helped…yet. Finally, insurance yielded to cover Botox treatments. So I got injections all over my forehead, temples and the back of my neck. My neurologist said some patients have immediate relief, some none, and some it takes 3 to 4 treatments to start working. I did not have any relief after the first treatment so pray in 3 to 4 appointments, it starts to work for me. The problem is insurance will only cover the Botox in 10 week intervals. So in the meantime, I am still in pain.

During the wait for my second Botox treatment, which left me with only one eyebrow to raise by the way, I am going to have a sleep study done. Remember when you used to sleep like a baby? Wake up ready to go, rested, feeling good? I don’t. So my neurologist said that’s a problem that could be causing migraines too. A lack of good sleep. Or even possibly sleep apnea. So I have scheduled that. It seems kind of creepy having people track your sleep overnight, but I have to exhaust every angle at this point.

Sleep studies are tests that measure how well you sleep and how your body responds to sleep problems. These tests can help your doctor find out whether you have a sleep disorder and how severe it is. Sleep studies are important because untreated sleep disorders can raise your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other medical conditions. Sleep disorders also have been linked to an increased risk of injury, such as falling (in the elderly) and car accidents.

People usually aren’t aware of their breathing and movements while sleeping. They may never think to talk to their doctors about issues that might be related to sleep problems. I don’t know if sleep apnea is hereditary but my father has it and I think this step will at least help me rule it out, or if I have any sleep issue, figure it out and keep on getting well.

Sleep disorders can be treated.I was told to talk with my doctor because my husband “says” I snore regularly and other problems with sleeping can be if you often have trouble falling or staying asleep, or if you wake up too early and aren’t able to go back to sleep. These are common signs of a sleep disorder.

Your doctor might be able to diagnose a sleep disorder based on your sleep schedule and habits. However, he or she also might need the results from sleep studies and other medical tests to diagnose a sleep disorder. Sleep studies can help diagnose:

  • Sleep-related breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea
  • Sleep-related seizure disorders
  • Sleep-related movement disorders, such as periodic limb movement disorder
  • Sleep disorders that cause extreme daytime tiredness, such as narcolepsy

I hope relief is in sight and I will keep you updated. If you have suggestions, please let me know!

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