Posts Tagged ‘ Migraines ’

MRI #2

Recently I’ve talked a bit here – more than I should, probably! – about my chronic migraines, and depression. These things are still ongoing. I’m still coping with them, doing my best for myself, my family, and all of you – my fans, and readers.

Earlier this week I had a second MRI done. Something turned up on the first one a few weeks ago. The doctor isn’t sure just what, though. It’s a “bright spot” that’s being called “an anomaly”. The MRi earlier this week was to allow the doctor a closer look at it. The “bright spot” could be the cause of the migraines. Or it may have been caused by the migraines. Or it might have nothing whatsoever to do with the migraines. I’m still waiting to hear the results on the newest scan.

In the meantime, work on current projects continues. “Hidden Tribe”, coauthored by myself and my very talented wife Desirée Lee, is still going through edits. I’m working on edits for a book by Eldritch Thorn that is to be published by Umbral Press. Desirée and I are also getting ready to leap into the movie script with Mr. Tom Smith, which will be based on one of Mr. Smith’s fantastic songs. And, of course, we’re keeping up with our hit webcomic, “MoonWraith” during all of this, too.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Recently

I apologize to everyone – again – for the lack of posts here lately. Between doctor appointments for myself, and Desirée Lee things here have been hectic for the past couple of weeks. My migraines haven’t helped anything. The doctor now has me on a third medication, too. This one is specifically for the migraines. This same medication is also used as a prescription sleeping aid. So, needless to say, I get very drowsy when I take it in the evenings. And we still haven’t heard the results of the MRI. That tells me that there was nothing that showed up on it. I have another follow-up with the doctor in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I can find out the results of the test then.

In the meantime, work has continued on “Hidden Tribe”. That’s the sasquatch novel that Desirée and I have been working so hard on for the past several months for those of you who haven’t been paying attention. We’re also working on Issue #8 of our hit webcomic “MoonWraith“. Issue #7 is running on the site right now. Page #8 of Issue #7 went on-line this morning, actually.

So, despite not having posted here for a few days, I haven’t been idle. And there has been one very good piece of news, too, that arrived in my e-mail recently. I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

In the meantime, thank you all for being patient with me, and with my lack of posts recently.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Depression…Definitely

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In a recent post on this blog/website, I talked a bit about my suspected depression. On Wednesday of last week I had the mentioned appointment with the family doctor. As expected, I came out of it with a diagnosis of depression. Not that I needed a doctor to tell me, but he officially diagnosed me with migraines, and allergies, too. I’m now on prescription medication for all three. It’s helping with the depression and the allergies. The migraines? Not so much yet. Still, I’m trying hard to get myself through this for my family, myself, and all of you – my fans and readers.

Can some good come of this? Hopefully. If possible, I’d like use my status as a bestselling, award-winning author to help bring attention to depression. People who have never suffered from it (and you’re lucky if you haven’t!) don’t know what it’s like. It’s not something you just cheer up from, or get over. It’s not a funk over something in your day that put you in a bad mood. It’s a disease. It’s a chemical imbalance in the brain. It’s a serious matter.

If there are any depression awareness, or depression treatment groups out there reading this that would be willing to have an award-winning, bestselling author working with them to bring awareness to the issue of depression, please let me know. I want to hear from you. The best way of getting in touch with me is through the “Contact” page of my website.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Marijuana

Cannabis

No, this isn’t a topic I’d normally be devoting a post to on this blog. However, I spent 14 years living in Florida, and still keep up on some of the things going on there. A recent poll from the state indicates that over half of the residents in Florida are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. For just over two years now I’ve lived in California. I think everyone in the United States is at least passingly familiar with the medical marijuana debate here. We live just south of the Oregon border. Several medical marijuana dispensaries are open in the areas of southern Oregon that Desirée Lee and I frequent.

I keep seeing more and more articles discussing how beneficial marijuana is. I’ve never done drugs. I’ve never so much as smoked a cigarette, and I’m 39-years-old. I have no personal, first-hand knowledge of what marijuana is like to use. However, I’m curious, in light of all of the benefits I keep hearing about. If even half of what I’ve head and read is true, then marijuana is great for pain management. It’s also said by some to help fight cancer. Some even go so far as to claim it will cure cancer. These sources seem to see America’s big pharmaceutical companies as the blackest of villains. Who knows? Maybe they’re right. The train of thought goes something like this:

A person is in pain (or sick, or whatever).

That person goes to the doctor.

The doctor writes out a prescription for medication.

But, often, side effects from that medication will force the need for another medication to counter that problem.

The person leaves the doctor’s office with one – or more – prescriptions to fill at the pharmacy.

Once that’s done, the pharmacy just made money from the sale of the medication, the doctor has made money from that same sale, as has the large pharmaceutical company who manufactures the medication(s) that were just sold.

However, these pro-marijuana sources I keep seeing claim that marijuana has no side effects. It’s 100% natural. Users receive all of the good things, without any of the bad. Any medication is dangerous in too large of doses. How many people die each year from overdosing on prescription medications, or over-the-counter medications? According to these sources, a whole lot more than the number of people who pass on each year from marijuana use. Is that true? I don’t know. I haven’t seen the studies. I have only the information reported by these admittedly pro-marijuana sources to go on.

Why am I talking time to discuss this here?

Simple. I suffer from migraines. I get them almost daily. Anything will set one off – heat, noise, bright light, stress, getting hungry, or tired. I had migraines on an almost daily basis even before Desirée and I had a child. Now, with a toddler in the house, the noise and stress seem to be never-ending. You get where this is going? I feel like I live on Excedrin Migraine. A dose is for 24 hours. When it’s leaving my system, my head starts to hurt. Again. It’s seems as if the medication makes you need more of it due to the pain you feel as it’s wearing off. I also have intermittent sciatic nerve pain due to a spinal tap that went wrong several years ago.

Would marijuana help me to combat these pain problems? I don’t know. I’m curious, though. From what I keep reading in those pro-marijuana news blurbs, it just might. And, it just might be a whole lot safer and healthier than a steady diet of over-the-counter pain pills, too.

The problem? Even if you live in a state that has legalized marijuana, it’s still illegal on a federal level. So, though your state might say yes, you can grow, or buy and smoke marijuana for medical reasons, the FBI, ATF, or some other federal-level agency might well take it away from you, and toss you in prison for a good long time. Why? Because you were using an all-natural pain management method that cuts the big pharmaceutical companies profits out of the picture?

What does everyone else think? Let me hear from you on this. Who knows? This post may be the start of a new book project!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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