I Finally Have a Diagnosis! NDPH

Hello again! I have the most exciting news today! Well actually it might not be all that exciting for you, but to me, this is what I've been waiting for the last year! Firstly, for this post to make any sense to you, I'll leave a link to my original post about my never-ending headache, which explains everything you need to know before reading this. If you're a good friend of mine or know about my headache then you'll know exactly what I'm talking about in this post.

I'll briefly explain what's been happening but for a more in-depth understanding, I encourage you to read my post, Living With A Never-ending Headache. Basically, in July last year, I was sitting in class when a very sudden headache hit me out of nowhere. I assumed it was just a very painful headache that would go away after some painkillers. I waited it out and when it didn't budge I tried to sleep on it. Falling asleep to begin with was a hassle, but eventually, I fell asleep anyways. When I woke up, the headache was still there! I took a couple more painkillers and thought that should work, but it did nothing. That first week was hell, I was having nonstop pain in my head and along with that, I was very nauseous and light headed. After a trip to the hospital with no findings, I was sent back to my GP to follow up. Since then I've been prescribed multiple medications, most of them were migraine pills or migraine preventatives. I tried nerve blocks and multiple other pills to try and help with the pain. Nothing at all touched the headache in the slightest bit. 

Of course, throughout all this, I was having multiple scans including MRI's and more blood tests than I can even count. Everything came out clear and we could not figure out what on earth was wrong. After months of constant trial and error pills, tests and scans left, right and centre with nothing to show, I was getting super frustrated. I was also halfway through grade 11 at that point, which had become almost impossible. The worst part was that not only did nothing touch the pain, but I found that people were starting to take me less seriously. I didn't know how to explain it and nobody had heard of this before. 

After months of dead ends, I decided to start researching myself. It took a long time before I came across something called NDPH (New Daily Persistent Headache). I continued researching this particular headache and found other people suffering from the exact same thing I was. It was a relief within itself to know that I was not alone in this. These people were overseas though, and unfortunately, no doctor where I live had ever heard of NDPH. 

Jumping forward a bit, I just recently found a neurologist here in Australia who specialises in NDPH and mum emailed him yesterday. He is based in Melbourne though so not too close to me. He emailed back today and then at 5:30 we spoke with him over the phone. Just over this phone call, he was able to diagnose me with NDPH without me mentioning it. (This doctor is highly reputable so it's not just some fluke.) 

Now we will be going through some more processes and hopefully start a treatment plan of some sort. Even though curing this is not a guarantee, I still have hope. 

I really don't know how much sense any of this made, but I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am right now. It's almost impossible to describe. Anyways, I will post more updates about this soon! 

Thank you so much for reading this post (if you even made it to the end)!

Have a lovely day!

Changing To Disqus Comment System?

Hi lovely! Welcome back to my blog, or if you're new, welcome and thank you for stopping by! So today I was thinking about my blog's current commenting system, which is the default blogger comments. I love that it's easy for readers to comment and there's nothing you have to fill out, you just need a Google+ account, which most people have. However, I really love to reply to your comments and it's so unfortunate that you don't receive a notification letting you know that I've replied. Unless you check but sometimes it's hard to remember who's blog you commented on when, and other times you just forget. 

I've had a Disqus account for quite a while as many blogs I follow use this feature instead. In the beginning I wasn't a fan because I didn't like how it looked and it was very cluttered and complicated with signing in etc. After getting used to it I didn't mind using it to comment on other blogs. Even though I still don't really like how it looks, I absolutely love the fact that readers who comment know when you reply. 

I really like when bloggers acknowledge and reply to comments because their readers have taken some effort to write a nice comment on your content. (Talk about bad sentence structure there aha). 

Anyways, I just wanted to ask what do you guys prefer? Is it a hassle to sign up for Disqus or sign in or is it more hassle to check back? I really appreciate the small group of people who follow my blog and support me so I want to acknowledge you and reply to your comment in a way that's both convenient and lets you know! I mean you could always tick the 'notify me' option but then you get all the follow up comments on the post and that can be annoying. 

I did have a little scare while trying to transition from the default blogger comment system to Disqus today. Everything was going good until I realised that after importing the pre-existing comments they were not how they originally were (if that makes sense) and it didn't really install completely right. I reverted back to the default blogger system and then I thought I lost all my comments entirely! But it worked out in the end so now I'm right back to where I was before. I do wish there was a way you could be notified when I reply though! 

Let me know what system you would prefer or any other way that would be convenient for you!

Thank you so much for reading and also for all your lovely comments! I love reading them  and I really do appreciate them! Feel free to follow through Bloglovin and/or GFC.

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See you in my next post!