I just wanted to let everyone know that per my doctor’s orders I’m taking an unexpected blog break for the next several weeks, possibly until December when classes end both teaching them and taking them so things will slow down some, since I’ve been experiencing severe, debilitating chronic daily migraines and occipital/cervicogenic headaches that are not responding at all to any of my normal medications for over two weeks now, along with new symptoms of blurred vision, total vision loss in one eye, hand tremors, dizziness, and other odd symptoms, as many of you are already aware.
I just left my neurologist’s office, and he is very insistent that I cut out as much time as I can from computers, cell phones, and tablets until the migraines are gone since he believes since I’m spending around 18 hours a day on my pc doing assignments for my classes, heavily researching for my dissertation, grading essays, assignments, doing lesson plans, etc, (all on the computer) for work, and then spending hours reading both on my Kindle and physical books that the constant screen time is causing severe eyestrain and in turn is causing the migraines and attributing to the visual symptoms. He also feels that since I’m only sleeping 2-3 hours a night at most and have been for about 6 weeks so I can get everything I need to get done that I am not only suffering from severe exhaustion but the lack of sleep has put me under severe stress that is also leading to the headaches, especially since I do have fibromyalgia and lack of sleep with fibro worsens all kinds of symptoms, causes pain, and doesn’t allow the body to heal. Basically, I’m not taking care of myself but am burning the candle at both ends.
However, he did also send me for a lot of bloodwork to test for and rule out some other issues just in case it is a more serious health issue since I already have several autoimmune disorders and these symptoms are definitely indicative of more serious medical issues or other additional autoimmune diseases, but fingers crossed it is just stress, eyestrain, and lack of sleep!! I also go for a head and neck MRI as well to be safe too and to see if my symptoms stem from any other neurological causes, etc!
I do apologize to all of you for disappearing for a bit, and I hope you understand under the circumstances, but the daily migraines and other symptoms are making it very hard for me to function in every other capacity as well, so I’m starting to neglect my family, fall behind in my classwork, and I’ve had to get a substitute for my classes for the next few days in the hopes that some sleep and medication will help alleviate some of the symptoms or the headaches entirely.
If my symptoms get better sooner rather than later or as soon as my headaches go away, I will be back to blogging sooner than the doctor had said although I’m going to continue to keep my screen time reduced once my headaches are gone since I do not want them to remain daily or chronic since I already have a history of chronic daily migraines that lasted for over 2 years, which something I do not want happening ever again.
I do have ARC book reviews scheduled via WordPress, so there will be some blog activity while I’m on hiatus, but I may just take forever for me to comment 🙂 ❤ ❤
I will try to check my blog, your blogs, Twitter, etc as I can depending on my pain level and time! But please feel free to message me or email me anytime about books or life or whatever since I will be missing all of you and talking books (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I will get back to you as I can…even if it is a slow response 🙂 Thank all of you for your support!
Happy Reading to all, and I will be in touch soon ❤
Take care, everyone! 🙂