Wednesday, July 14, 2010

the one where katie's head explodes

Thank you all for the sweet comments on my last post. I'm feeling a little better, emotionally anyway. Physically I'm still in a lot of pain. Today has been the worst day so far, probably because I tried to go cold turkey on the muscle relaxers last night. I know a lot of you mentioned getting a mouth guard in your comments. I've tried using one in the past, but it just doesn't work for me. Mouth guard = more discomfort, more drooling, and even less sleep. For the time being, I'm afraid that I'm stuck like this. My brain feels like a ticking time bomb, just waiting to burst into a thousand pieces.

The good news is that I won't have to endure my usual two-hour-a-day work commute tomorrow and Friday since I'll be attending a conference in Orlando, not too far from my mom's house. Maybe the two days away from the office combined with less time in the car will make for less stress.

I'm really looking forward to acu on Saturday. Last session, my acupuncturist put some needles in the area of my jaw that really hurts and it helped to take some of the pressure away. She also put needles in my hips, since they were extremely sore when AF was in town, and changed up my herbs to help with the stomach issues I had on cycle days 1 through 3 and to cleanse my uterus (which, apparently, is not yet good soil to grow a garden, according to my acupuncturist). And I just love how positive she is. She seems so confident that she can get my body to work and her confidence rubs off on me. As I walked out the door after my last session she said, "Next month, I get you pregnant. Right now, I cleanse your body, but next month I get you pregnant."

Boy, I sure hope she's right.

34 comments:

MrsShoffernan said...

Wow, Katie, I really hope it gets better. I don't know much about the jaw issues but it can't be comfortable. I'll keep you in my thoughts. Cutting that commute out can only help.

Your acupuncturist sounds amazing! How awesome to come in contact with someone who is not only supportive but also optimistic and helpful. I surely hope she's right, too!

Kakunaa said...

Your acu sounds freakin fantastic...that she can say to you, "Next month I get you pregnant"....

Feel better, sweetie.

Rebecca said...

I really hope it starts feeling better soon. TMJ really sucks.

And, yay for your acupuncturist. I love it She sounds wonderful and I hope so much that it helps!

Oak said...

My acupuncturist is the same way! She's awesome and she got us pregnant on months 3 and 4 of seeing her. I truly believe that they work magic for this infertility crap.

Dawn said...

She sounds awesome! I hope she is right!!

I don't know how you do that commute. I hope the next few days help your relax.

kayee said...

I am the same way with my jaw. Every night my husband tells me that I am grinding like crazy. My jaw has been killing me for weeks.
I think I might ask for some muscle relaxers myself.

I'm glad you are feeling "emotionally" better. xo

The Steffens said...

I'm glad your acupuncture is going so well!

-The Baby Race

Trisha said...

I hope you start feeling better soon. Hopefully this conference will be just the "little break" you need from things. Your acu. sounds great!

Rita said...

I'm so glad your acu is going so well. I hope she's right and you're pregnant next month!

Sorry about the TMJ. I've had it since I was 13 and it SUCKS!!! I hope you feel better soon.

AL said...

I'm so sorry you're still in so much pain from TMJ...it sounds awful. I hope that you get relief soon.

I like your acupuncturist...and I really, really hope she's right.

Stefanie Blakely said...

I love how positive your acupuncturist is-- and I hope she's right!!

I have TMJ too, and while it hasn't bothered me in several years, I went through a period where I would wake up with my jaw locked shut-- terrifying and painful!!

Hope it feels better soon, hon.

JC said...

Hope things start to get better. And I hope your acu dr is right! =)

ifcrossroads said...

Well, can you tell your accu lady that you're holding her to that statement? I like her positivity :)

I hope you start to feel better Katie - that must be miserable :(

Arlyne said...

I love your acupuncturist! :)

I meant what I said about chiropractic helping my TMJ. It really worked wonders! Sending healing (((HUGS))) & hoping you feel better tomorrow!

Lorin said...

I need to see your acupuncturist (too bad I'm on the other side of the country). Mine did jack about my TMJ. I finally just stopped complaining about it, b/c no matter how many needles she put in my jaw/face, it didn't do anything. But for everything else, she's been amazing.

I hear you on the mouth guard - when I wear it, I always spit it out in my sleep. Its just too uncomfortable. Then again, nothing about TMJ is comfortable.

Leslie said...

I am so sorry that you are going through this. I too clench my jaw & grind my teeth at night (so much that my teeth are very flat). I hope the acupuncturist is able to help you more and that you feel much better soon. It is so great that your acupuncturist is so positive. I hope she gets you pg next month too!!

Gurlee said...

I am so glad that you have such an awesome acupuncturist. I hope the change up in your routine can ease the stress a little.

Kandid Kelli said...

I am glad to hear acu is going well. That is terrific.

I hope your jaw gets better soon!

xo
-K

ps... we need to get together soon!!

suchagoodegg said...

Love your acupuncturist. LOVE HER! Feel better Katie, and enjoy a couple days sans commute. xo

Glass Case of Emotion said...

Hope your jaw feels better soon! :( I have TMJ also and it can be a real bear sometimes. It's just really odd pain.

Oh and I REALLY hope your acu is right! :)

AplusB said...

Sorry you've been feeling so awful. Sounds really painful. Have a good acu appointment!

Secret Sloper said...

I really hope your acupuncturist can make good on her claims! If this works, I'll be running to acupuncture so fast there will be a hole in the wall.

I hope she can help with the jaw pain, too. That sounds awful.

Adele said...

I'm loving the sound of this acupuncturist! And glad that you can take a bit of a break from your commute. Sorry, though, about the pain:( My best friend has TMJ and it is NOT an easy thing to deal with. I hope your doc comes up with a solution and/or all those muscles simultaneously unclench.

Basic Girl said...

Your acu girls sounds awesome, and I hope she's right on the money!! And so sorry about your jaw Katie, that sounds awful. I hope the acu can give you some relief!!

Crossed Fingers said...

I love your acupuncturists parting words! I hope she's right too! Sorry your jaw is still hurting, I totally understand that pain!

someday-soon said...

Sorry you are in so much pain! Hope the non-commute end of your week and fun weekend plans help.

Slackie O. said...

The acupuncture should help with the TMJ - I get it for mine when I have a flare up and it really makes a huge difference!

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Katie said...

Sounds like a great acupuncturist to me!!

S.I.F. said...

I'm putting a lot of faith in acu FOR you right now. I just know how much it has helped me... I am so glad you are going, and I really hope she can take care of this.

P.S. I get pain in my hips around my period too. It's almost unbearable. After 6 months of acu though - this last period was the easiest I have had in years. I totally believe!

Kelly said...

I had read this post while I was away and thought I had commented...grr!!

I hope you feel better soon. I hate that you aren't feeling like yourself. I soooo hope that your acupuncturist is right! And, if she is, perhaps I should fly to Florida weekly!

Sara said...

Holding you up in my thoughts.

You acu sounds like a blessing. :)

liberalgranolagirl said...

Sending you lots of love and positive vibes for a BFP :)

conceptionallychallenged said...

I so hope she's right.

Waiting Lisa said...

I hope she is right too :)