Recently, my migraine symptoms changed, so the hospital did a CAT scan. They didn't find anything unusual, so I am assuming that means none of my doctors thinks there are any white lesions on the brain to indicate MS. I am finding myself having more balance issues, though, and really bad pain in the hip area. It's usually in one hip more than the other, and not necessarily always the same hip. Lately it's the left hip. But, for a while, it was the right hip giving me all the trouble. I am often dizzy, and certain warehouse stores make me so dizzy and aggravate the migraine issue so bad that I can't shop in them. I have found that the lights are a big issue for me in Target. I was okay when I was talking with some deaf folks in the little restaurant area where Starbucks is located, but when I went to look around the rest of the store, I found that I really couldn't stand to be in that store because of the lights and I had to leave after looking around for less than five minutes. Target isn't the only store I've noticed getting dizzy from the lights, but it's the one I've noticed it the most in recently. It isn't a store I would frequent anyway, so it's not a loss to me that I can't shop in it. I have to leave my filtration mask on in order to even be able to enter that kind of store because of the MCS. But, those aren't the only times I get dizzy or I wouldn't be concerned. I have fallen or come close to falling so many times because of losing my balance. It concerned me so much that this most recent payday I finally broke down and bought a cane for myself. It helps some with preventing falling.
The cane isn't going to solve the pain issues, but the muscle weakness and balance issues frighten me some. Getting dizzy more than usual doesn't help. I'm always going to have some of the dizziness because of the migraine issues. In the last few weeks I've noticed that I've started getting tremors more often that are not associated with low blood sugar. I know the difference. My doctor told me that I'm no longer pre-diabetic. Sometimes the sharp pains I get in my knees is too much to even think about leaving the apartment. And, the pain in the hips really fatigues me really badly. I also have sciatica causing me so much pain that it makes the instep of my right foot hurt all the time. Sometimes that's too painful to walk, too.
I've noticed that the brain fog has been particularly heavy lately, too.
Right now I'm so frustrated with the whole thing that I'm at a loss of what I can do to help with the pain and balance issues. I'm unable to take Acetametaphin (Tylenol) and we all know that's pretty useless for FMS pain and pretty toxic to the liver anyway. I can take NSAIDS, but I have to limit how much since I have GERD and gastritis both. So, I can't take Naproxen even as often as the neurologist would like for me to take for treating the migraines. I am particularly sensitive to many pharmaceuticals and unable to use narcotics at all, including Tramadol. I am clearly allergic to Tramadol. The last few times I used it to treat my FMS pain I got the lousy side effects I expected, plus I itched for hours and was unable to get any rest.
I'm in need of suggestions for the pain and balance issues in particular.