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

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Things that help me:

1) Maxalt for migraines
2) Tramadol for Ehlers Danlos flare-up
3) Celexa 20mg preventative for pain, used for depression/anxiety
4) Calcium and Vitamin D for Ehlers Danlos, also gives me energy
5) Vitamin B Complex for energy
6) ice packs for Ehlers Danlos flare-up
7) heat pack for migraine and Ehlers Danlos
8) wrist, ankle, and elbow bracing for Ehlers-danlos flare-up and when I expect to use joints more
9) Blue-Emu cream for muscle pain
10) exercises: elliptical machine, swimming, dance classes all at my own pace and I stop when I feel overheated

I ordered a home ultrasound unit. I can't wait to use it!
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