|Day 60 Breakfast|
Second is today's breakfast featured in the photo. Greek yogurt parfait with banana, blueberries, honey and ...yes, Udi's granola. Ok., I couldn't eat all the granola, but I was able to eat all but the most hard pieces of nut and raisin. Normalcy is returning to my life. Not that I won't still behave myself for the most part. I still have braces on so still nothing sticky and chewy like caramels or popcorn or pizza crust. Still, this is great and it has put a big smile on my face.
I talked to my Mom last night on the phone and she wanted to know if my migraines were now history. She says everyone is asking her. Ok, for all of you out there, including my friends who thought it nuts to do this "just to get rid of sleep apnea". Once again, there are at least 5 reasons I chose to do this: 1) get rid of ONE of my migraine triggers; 2) cure my sleep apnea; 3) give me a fighting chance to keep all my teeth; 4) be able to chew on both sides of my mouth; and 5) be able to bite through pizza crust, an apple, and other hard things that most people with a good bite can do.
Yes, I still get migraines, although I think I am getting slightly fewer than before the surgery. My teeth are still not in their final position. The orthodontist is now able to start doing moving them since my jaws are mostly healed. They put large spaces between my upper teeth in two places in preparation for the surgery. Still not sure why they needed to do it, but they did and it left me with a lisp and a very large overbite after the surgery. Now that the wires are moving my teeth again the overbite is gone (in two weeks) and the spaces are starting to close up thanks to the big elastics. Now both sides of my molars hit at the same time, but my front teeth are still hitting funny because of the new positions. So I am still clenching (although the botox helps keep it minimal) I won't know how much an improvement in my migraines I will have achieved until my teeth get into those "perfect" spots. But I went into this accepting that a one third improvement in the frequency of my headaches was success. I know it is complicated and probably why my mother doesn't understand, but i have a lot of migraine triggers. The surgery may solve one of them. Not eating gluten got rid of my migraine with aura. I still have reactive hypoglycemia and low blood sugar can trigger a migraine as can a change in the weather or dehydration. I cannot change everything. I will always have some migraines. I have accepted this. I wish everyone else would too.
The sleep apnea and the prospect of my degenerating jaw causing gum recession and possible loss of teeth was more serious and scary to me. My narrow airway also caused breathing problems during exercise and the loss of sleep from the apnea was really degrading my health.
You shouldn't discount the importance of being able to chew properly. It is a huge quality of life issue. According to my doctors, as we age, everyone's bones shrink and the jaws recess somewhat. In my case, I had an underdeveloped lower jaw and the orthodontist in my youth made it worse by removing teeth to solve the crowding problem. By the time I saw my current orthodontist (and the sleep doctor and the surgeon) my jaw was so small that my tongue was too big for it and my airway was extremely narrow in one spot because of how far back my lower jaw was positioned. The work around I developed to be able to chew a meal put a huge amount of stress on my jaws and on my joints. This caused facial muscle fatigue and inflammation which then triggered the migraine response and the nausea, light and sound sensitivity.
In my opinion, I had no choice if I wanted to lessen the pain in my life and improve my health. Orthodontics could only do so much. If I had not had the surgery, I would have had to wear a bite splint that stuck out of my mouth and made me lisp for the rest of my life. I would have had to sleep with a CPAP machine which gave me gas and made me gag for the rest of my life. Bottom line: it is my life. I made my decision and I still think I did the right thing.