Autonomic meltdown 3 weeks and finally over???

The symptoms started about 8 days before our company came…

Got a headache on the left frontal parietal lobe area… basically the opposite side of the brain where the stroke and brain bleed is… I should say old stroke and brain bleed…

As the headache started that is when I notice how the arteries in my neck hurt, got a feeling I need to see a vascular doctor when we get moved…  my primary vessel to my heart has been partially occluded since my military days, over 40 years…

So I have headache, I get neck pain in the veins and I start feeling upset stomach and gurgling insides….. and the worse symptom, the heat flush that my head does… not like a hot flash either, this is different…

When we took our guest back to the airport, I was about 15 days into this autonomic episode and she got to witness the impact it had on my lungs… breathing was not easy when half your lungs are paralyzed… it’s happened before while I was swallowing and the food was lodged, so no air, thankfully the spasm passed that day quickly… but not this time… this time, the swallowing episode happened during sleep and I woke up, because I had no air, the congestion I live with was sitting in the tube and no air could get through and I couldn’t swallow, freaked me a little… so out of bed in a flash with a push against the counter to trigger reflux and it dislodged… again, I got lucky…

So I have waited to see if the throne and I get friendly and when that happened… the last of the esophagus spasms stopped and headache gone, tummy upset gone… just a huge amount of fatigue…

This ride lasted right at 3 weeks… the longest this has ever gone on… 

Trying to figure out the triggers, so you avoid the activity or emotional stimuli is damn near impossible… once in a while you get that aha moment that tells you this is what triggered the Autonomic episode… this time not so easy….

It has been 3 months since I quit taking Levothyroxine… other than a little tired, which is related to my stroke and not thyroid… I haven’t gone off on anyone and I haven’t yelled at a banger in a month now… doesn’t mean I like them… I just bitch inside my 4 walls… 

The PT has made a big difference in my mobility and ability to stay mobile… the exercises all hurt and I dislike them all… but… I like being able to do some of what I used to do with confidence… they tell me, I will always have weakness and permanent nerve damage from the stroke and brain bleed and those things are not reversible… and we all find it remarkable I made it through basic training 2 months after giving birth and exactly 10 years after the stroke… maybe I do need that superwoman tatoo…. as long as no needles involved….

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I Remember… Margie… who never gave up her soul to mans god…

Sgt. USAF DAV