About this Blog

~Hi, my name is Courtney. I was a full time college student, starting to be a dancer, and used to work with kids part time, living on my own until my illness disabled me.
~I became sick in 2005. I created this blog in the summer of 2006 to record my "headache" diary and to see if anyone finds it interesting.
~12/2006 I lost my job then after, failed a year of college.
~2/2007 Dx Lyme Disease with Bartonella: prescribed 8 months of oral antibiotics. I'm not even sure if I ever had the Lyme Disease.
~11/2007 The doctor took me off medicines while I was still improving but not fully recovered.
~6/2008 Dx Chiari I Malformation by a neurosurgeon in Beverly Hills.
~8/2008 Decompression and Lamenectomy helped 80% of my problems.
~2/2009 Dx Hypermobility by an Orthopedic Surgeon/School Doc: Started PT, dancing, going to school and working.
~6/2009 Started working full time as an Infant-Toddler teacher, which requires lifting. Dancing part time, maybe I'll finish school eventually...lol
~12/2009 Dx Chronic Sinusitis: Stopped dancing due to constant infections.
~2/2010 Sinus Surgery & complication: Severe Epistaxis: Became severely anemic.
~3/2010: Dx Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: by Geneticist
~4/2011: Switched jobs, now work at a Pre-K teacher for 3 and 4 year olds. Less lifting!
~5/2011: Started PT and exercising again

Friday, September 29, 2006


"I had bad feelings and a slight headache in dance class today. I ate peanut M n M's and sat at the computer for 30 minutes before class. It went away but it hurt slightly with the neck exercises. It's gone now."

"I also felt insecure in that class around the same time..."

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


"I felt good today and lively"

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sometimes I get a stiff neck before and after a migraine. A Neurologist told me that is all part of the area where migraines occur and are affected.

lame... i had a stiff neck today today. someone said that a neurologist told him that it is all part of the area where migraines occur and are affected. if i walk around i'm fine but if i sit or try to massage or stretch it it gets aggrivated. is yours like that? i was in a karate class feeling nautious and with the neck thing. i stuck it out with doing the feet movements but barely moved my uppr body without trying to catch the teachers attention.


This was my second writing in my journal:

"There is tension in my neck and shoulders and it actually feels inflamed. My mouth feels sticky. I ate goldfish and drank woater. It didn't do anything. I ate ice 2 times and felt better. Massaging my neck makes it worse but walking around makes it better. Moving my neck and shoulders make it worse. I need to wear my sunglasses. I might take advil later. Sitting down makes it worse. My back was hurting today in my dance class. I ate chinese food for lunch. I had waffles with jelly and milk for breakfast. I rode my bike today."

Sunday, September 17, 2006

From Migraine Forum: Does anyone get like this?

Way before i ever get a headache i get nausious. My boyfriends car makes it worse. then i want to sit somehwere and sleep. and when i sleep all then noise in the world can be going on and i cant hear it. but if i move or someone touches me or a smell gets to me or there are flourescent lights my body feels like crap again. last night i got lilke this. i went to a party and fell asleep on the couch. people were asking me if i was okay but i ignored them. moving a finger made me nausious. but just lying still i felt no pain. then my boyfriend said we were leaving. i could barely walk. got in the car and the smell in his car vent made me sick again. i started crying because i didnt want a headache. i wanted to jump out of the car at a stoplight and lie down on the sidewalk and sleep. but i didn't. went home and my boyfriend got me a big bag of ice to put on my head, advil, and i changed into practically nothing, because i felt incredibly hot. i didnt get a headache and i was soooo happy. but i think somehting in his car is a trigger cause i borrowed his car for like 6 weeks and was sick all the time. i would want to sleep all the time. now most of the time i'm nausious.

does anyone get like that?

Friday, September 15, 2006


I got my new glasses today! they are amazing! they are transistions. i'm 2020 vision still but it helps alot in the sun and when reading signs and stuff. i'm going to use it in class and outside. ilove them! and i can see better and my eyes dont hurt as much cuz i'm not straining them!
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