There Goes My Stability

By early 2010, the migraines were out of control! I was getting them around two or three times a week. Along with the head-splitting pain, I had mood swings, crying jags, vomiting, diarrhea, vertigo, vision loss, hallucinations, hearing things, cognition problems, trouble finding the right word or not being able to speak at all, painful joints and skin. I thought I was losing my mind. I eventually found out that these were all symptoms of migraines and also fibromyalgia. I met with my bosses and explained my situation. They were not happy, but I also found out that they were in the process of selling the practice and the new owners were replacing much of the staff with their own employees. Karma?! Kismet?! I had mixed feelings as I had hoped and planned on retiring from this well-paying position when the time came. But not now. Now I would have no medical insurance when I really needed it. I wasn’t sure how much longer I could have worked without proper treatment, but the choice was taken from me. I filed for unemployment and lost. I had to take it to court with a lawyer to win. At a huge cost to me, of course. I finally had no more excuses to put off scheduling an appointment with the pain management doctor that the Migraine specialist had recommended.

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