I managed to get into the doctor on Thursday after my third consecutive “I’ve woken up in the middle of the night, writhing in pain with another sinus-induced migraine”, not to mention all the ones I’ve had over the last couple weeks when the weather started doing strange things. I had this before, and they put me on Nasonex, which effectively stemmed the tide until now. Now they’ve doubled my Nasonex and put me on Zyrtec, too, which totally knocks me out when I take it. Thus, i’m only taking it at night before I go to bed. So far, I haven’t had a migraine, so maybe it really is just allergies. I just hate taking all these med as a preventative measure. It feels like I’ll have to take them forever and if I ever stop, the migraines will come back with a vengeance.
Above all, I don’t want to turn into an allergy monster, allergic to everything excepting nothing like my mom. I feel like I’m extra sensitive to smells (incense, perfume, candles, smoke) because I was never, ever exposed to any of that growing up, because mom is allergic to it all. I’m just not used to those smells and they bother me. My mom is even allergic to “sizing,” a chemical they put in new clothes to make them crisp and new-like. She gets all rashy when she tries on clothes.
I’ve been fortunate as to this far as to not have had any real allergies until last fall. Both of my parents and even my brother have been suffering from allergies for years. I feel like it’s all trying to catch up with me now, and it’s terribly frustrating.
Even the allergies alone wouldn’t be so bad, if they didn’t result in painful migraines everytime. No one else in my family gets those. My dad gets optical migraines sometimes, but we don’t know of anyone else who has regular migraines. Which, in my head, means I should be exempt from allergies entirely! Alas.