I decided to abort my push up challenge yesterday. Doing push ups stiffens my upper neck muscles which in turn triggers migraine headaches, so I decided it makes no sense to continue with the challenge.
Also, I visited a headache specialist on Tuesday for the first time.
To decrease inflammation, she put cortisone injections to the muscles that attach to the base my skull . (Yikes!) I also got a prescription for preventive medication (amitriptylin) to be taken in the night. The nice thing (really a side-effect) about amitriptylin is that it knocks me out in the evening and I’m finally able to get a good nights’ sleep. I also got a prescription for sumatriptan, which I take in case I notice I’m getting a migraine attack.
Now we will wait and see how my migraine corresponds to the medication.
I’m a bit disappointed I have to give up push up challenge. I could already feel I’m getting stronger in my upper body. However, it doesn’t mean I’m going to give up on military push ups altogether. No, I still have more than 6 years to figure out how to get a really strong body upper body. 🙂
If I can’t take a straight route to my goal, I take circuitous one!