My most recent migraine episode was 15 days long. Just two days shy of my personal best (worst?).
I had a migraine for my birthday. I had a migraine for the Fourth of July. I even had a low grade almost gone but still hanging on migraine for the Boyz II Men/NKOTB concert.
I’m out of sick time and saving my vacation time for the wedding (also known as OMG KIDLET WILL BE HERE IN 11 DAYS). On approximately day 3 of the migraine a groupon offer was advertised for chiro and massage. I’d tried chiro before and it had only helped in the moment but had no real lasting effects. This was inconvenient for a couple of reasons but mostly because I had to schedule appts in advance and it’s not like migraines are predictable (or at least mine aren’t).
By day 8 that chiro groupon was looking mighty nice so I bought it. I scheduled my first appt and the chiro was WAY too excited that I’d come in due to migraines. He’s a headache expert he said, he’s been working with people who get migraines for X number of years…I think I was supposed to be impressed, but I’ve forgotten how long it was he’s been working with migraines because really it was nothing on my 23 years. Regardless, I got evaluated, x-rayed, adjusted, scheduled my next adjustment and was reminded that my groupon also came with a massage and I should schedule that.
Now anyone who knows me even a little knows KatjaMichelle is not touchy-feely. I don’t even really like to hug people. In fact my lack of allowing people to touch me is one of the reason my friends/acquaintances in high school were so shocked by my ill-timed pregnancy. However by this time I was on day 12 of this migraine and was willing to try anything so i scheduled a massage.
Of course by the time the massage appointment arrived I was in migraine recovery mode also known as migraine hangover and was very tempted to cancel…but i’d already scheduled and I was feeling a bit off from the previous days chiro adjustment so I went.
And let me just tell you it was about as relaxing as PAP smear. I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those people who get massages for relaxation unless it comes with some vodka and a xanax. The table was draped in heated blankets which were nice, the soft lighting and music were lovely, and yet I had to consciously regulate my breathing the entire hour. At times it was because I felt panic coming on and needed to slow my breathing and at others it was that I’d notice I was holding my breath and tensing up.
I started talking myself through it just like a pap smear. Don’t tense up, don’t fight against what she’s doing it’ll only make it inaffective, breath, try to relax…
This is not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I did. I feel amazing and I think had i seen her on day three of the migraine when my muscles were in such ridiculous spasm she may have been able to fix me. So yeah I think I’ll try massage again for my migraines, but I don’t think it’ll ever relax me I think I will continue to think of it like a pap; someone will be touching me, it will be uncomfortable, but it’s medically necessary and I will get through it.