01.29.17 - Lingering Migraines

     I don't normally post things like this, but I woke up today feeling the need to share my story and hope it helps other people. One year ago I came home from work with a tension headache and went to sleep. I thought nothing of it. I woke up the next day with dizziness, a migraine, a mental fog, vertigo, ridiculous anxiety and vision problems. My buddy took me to the doctor, and the doctor told me to rest it off. So I went home and rested over the weekend. Nothing improved and I was struggling each moment of the day. Nothing helped me feel better. My next six months were filled with MRI's, Holter monitors, stress tests, ekgs, blood work, physical therapy, pills, and neulogical tests. I could barely work. The most joy in my day was the ability to take a short walk outside, not easily I may add. After six months or so and a new prescription, I started feeling better and the depression slowly went away. I am feeling much better today, but still not 100%. This time has taught me to enjoy every moment of life, don't be afraid to take chances, live for yourself and nobody else. I think about it this way, use traffic for example: you're stuck in traffic, which is frustrating, you can ether get mad and create road rage, or you turn the tunes up and simply enjoy the moment. Each moment doesn't have to be the most exciting and exhilarating, but it's the simple things. When those simple things are taken away, you realize how much you really should appreciate them. 

Brandon Nicklaus