I've worked with people who sufferer from migraines, I know from then how debilitating it can be. Does being out camping in the fresh air lessen the migraines for you?
The main reason we moved from our popup to a small TT just before I turned 60 was my bad back, and other issues. Had back surgery since, but I have lots of osteo arthritis and cranky joints, asthma (I have to hide from wood smoke, pleurisy 4 years ago left me with some related damage too), degenerative disks in neck and back, multiple foot issues, etc. etc. Thankful that my migraines have vastly decreased since earlier years. I had a massive infection last year, involving sinus, ears (both eardrums ruptured) and bones in my head, which resulted in vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus. My hearing has mostly returned, the vertigo is much better, and the tinnitus has improved (I still use a Lectrofan at night), so I'm feeling blessed. My stamina is not what it was. I'm working on improving my balance, and I just have times when I stagger or otherwise still feel the after-effects. OTOH, the TT allows me to get out camping, with a nice retreat when I need it. I'm learning that I can handle some situations better than others - driving and camping are pretty good. Walmart and Costco, large crowds, noisy locations, not so easy.
In my 70s now and for but one exception 6 yrs ago that required emergency abdominal surgery I've never had any issues of consequence all my life. I should have known it was only a matter of time but 5 months ago, Dec 13/18 to be exact, my ears suddenly began "ringing" - or in my case a high frequency squealing. You guessed it - tinnitus - a horrible condition for which there is no cure. I've had 2 MRIs, countless visits with my own family doctor whom I've known for 40 yrs, ENT appointments, hearing tests, an endless series of prescription meds to see if any of them would help in any way, herbal medications, vitamins, visits to a dietician, even an assessment by my BIL dentist who specializes and lectures on TMJ as it relates to tinnitus - all to no avail. My only hope now is an appointment scheduled for late July with an ENT and associate professor who specializes in neurotolgoy, the study of nerve function in the ear canal. In the meantime I did invest in a sound therapy program called Sound Options which is intended to train the brain to not pay so much attention and thus allow me to ignore the squealing but so far, listening to these processed files 2 hrs each day, I can't say it's yet done much for me.
I was getting headaches constantly for a while. When I went camping, I made sure I had a full day for travelling (no leaving after work). That way if a headache hit, I could sit it out for a while and not worry about not making it to the campground.
I have torn cartilage in my knees and found that too long in a seat would cause an ache that made me want to kick my legs out. So for that, I would take 1/2 a norco before sitting. I did it on a 10 hour flight and it worked great. And it worked for driving too.
I also found that for my knees, if I was going walking a lot, I would take a couple tylenol BEFORE the walk. That helped minimize the ache afterwards.
The best thing I did was go to a Pain Mgmt Specialist. He electrocutes my neck to stop the headaches and I am pain free for six months. He gave my knees a lube job and that has stopped the sharp pain that prevented me from casual hiking. The ache now only hits when I'm on a plane for hours so I use the last of my norco for that.
While camping, I just stopped feeling guilty if I was in pain. I realized that my trip was meant for relaxation, so if I just slept or read the entire time, I was fine with it.
If you need darkness, get black out curtains for your camper. If the pain prevents you from set up, consider a TT that you don't have to set up and take down.
I know for the migraines there is new medication that just hit the market, ill try to find out the name. Someone at work has the same issues, and it helps her a lot.
. I'm a suffer of tinnitus myself. Had it since I was a child due to way too many ear infections. It sounds like a TV or Radio that's not tuned in correctly. Constant, annoying static. Thankfully I've had it for so long it's not as dibilitating for me. White noise is a great help for me especially when going to bed. I Just put my white noise on timer as I find the white noise wakes me up later. Pretty crazy though considering it puts me to sleep with no problem. I have white noise app on my phone to help when I camp, but camp noises usually do a great job in itself. I can't have it quiet though, I have to have some noise to cover the noise in my head. I have learned I cannot use ear buds no matter what, it makes the noise worse for me and causes pain. I can use headphones but keep it turned down very very low and have to take it off the first sign of a difference. I've learned how to live with it and learned what I can and cannot do. Hopefully you find what works for you. If you find anything that helps, keep me in mind, I've given up hope of ever being able to hear a conversation without certainringing" - or in my case a high frequency squealing. You guessed it - tinnitus - a horrible condition for which there is no cure. '
Wow! I have it from time to time, likely due to my migraines. Does white noise help at all? I began sleeping with a fan when it first started.
I understand that some who do have tinnitus only suffer periodically from it but in my case it's 24/7. About the only way I can sleep is by running a fan for some white noise along with a rainfall loop playing on the computer. My doctor has me on Amitriptyline to help me sleep but I find the only thing that really knocks me out is Lorazepam, the problem being it's really habit forming so I can only take it every few days. More than anything I'm mostly stunned being told there's "no cure" for tinnitus yet we have the ability to transplant hearts, lungs, kidneys, etc.
Deal w/ pain daily, mainly w/ govt. issued Tylenol & Voltaren, stronger stuff if I need it, compliments of the VA, happy as hay the stuff is free...both knees are blown, need a right hip, got a new shoulder 3 years ago, split hip to hip & a badminton net to hold the innards in place, L5 is shot, my ears ring like the Bells of St Mary's, & I'm dang nigh almost 2" shorter than I used to be, much of it due to free falling from a chopper at night on one of Uncle Sammy's "magic carpet rides" many years ago...that being said, I'm grateful to still be able to do some stuff I enjoy doing, albeit at a much slower pace...be 66 my next b day, & refuse to allow myself to slow down for fear of freezing up, & plan to continue to tent camp at least a couple times this year; mantra has always been if you can't run, walk, if you can't walk, crawl, if you can't crawl, then roll...I feel for those who suffer far worse than I, just don't ever give up & find something each day to be thankful for...