A Rubik's cube of minor health problems--are they related?
September 12, 2011 1:33 PM Subscribe
I am having trouble sleeping, which is leading to minor migraines. In addition I have a host a minor ailments and am not sure which problem to try and solve first, and which flavor of medicine would be the most helpful. In other words, I feel stuck.
posted by mecran01 to health & fitness (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have gotten stuck in a series of minor ailments that seem connected. I’m asking for opinions on which one to address first--it feels like a puzze of sorts, and if I can address the most important issue perhaps some of the minor ones will resolve themselves. I have insurance and will see a doctor, I’m just trying to decide which doctor to see first.
Currently, I sleep about six hours and 20 minutes a night. I teach school, and during the summer I was able to sleep in a bit longer, about 7.5 hours per night, or at least fall back to sleep if I awoke in the middle of the night. Since the start of the school year I tend to wake up after about six hours. My sleep study from several years ago didn’t indicate apnea or other breathing problems. One sleep doctor recommended amilytripilin, but that just left me feeling groggy. Taking half a pill four hours prior to bedtime would help a little.
I'm a little anxious about school and feeling underprepared.
Often after not getting enough sleep, I start getting these small migraines that feel like sinus headaches, usually on the left side of my face/head. I sleep on my left side. Two months I had sinus surgery, septoplasty, and I am breathing better through my nose than in the past. The facial pain manifest itself prior to the surgery as well. The headaches leave me feeling less-than-functional. Ibuprofen helps, as does a very occasional percocet. I’m not sure if these are sinus headaches or migraines. I usually end up napping, then staying up late the same night, which affects my sleep the next day.
I’ve also been experiencing some mild heartburn, but also difficult swallowing which I believe is related to the acid reflux. My ENT says there are no visible growths in my throat and suggested I see a swallowing specialist.
I’ve got tendonitis in my right achilles tendon. It is better than it was, but has been stiff and bothersome for a little over a year.
I have been diagnosed by a psychiatrist with ADHD.
I am 45 and 223 lbs. 6’6.
Should I focus on exercise, diet and weight loss? Meditation for what seems like work stress impacting my sleep? Get ADHD medication in the hopes that it increases my productivity and decreases my stress? Yoga?
I need to do something, as I am tired of being tired and unproductive. I’m just not sure where to start. Thanks!
[after reading what I've written I actually think I'll go see a cognitive behavioral therapist]