Side effects are funny. Sometimes they are horrible, sometimes they are a wonderful surprise and sometimes they are a mixed blessing. I never imagined that my marriage would come with side effects, but in the last 4 months of marriage I have discovered two awesome side effects: quality health insurance and not having to take birth control.
For the past five years, my health has not been great. I am not dying or anything like that, but for a long time I have been feeling like crap. In fact, I forgot I felt like crap until recently, when I stopped feeling like well, crap. This feeling came from two main camps my physical health, in regards to both my CP and what appeared to be allergies to just about EVERYTHING; and my mental health, in regards to low self-esteem and my seemingly out-of-wack emotions.
The CP was understandable. I had not had physical therapy in over 10 years, and was on no medication, because previously it had made me sick. Well, after being put on Tom’s insurance, I finally made an appointment about my hip pain with a CP specialist, who prescribed me therapy and baclofen, a muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms.
After two months of physical therapy, the pain is not gone; but I can now manage it on my own. The baclofen is working miracles. I had to work through some horrible side effects, but it was worth it. I no longer drag my feet (cute, ridiculously expensive shoes, here I come!) and have experienced incredible increases in my range of motion. Many things that were painful or impossible before are now painless and doable. The side effects are gone and I am hoping to be able to increase the dosage and get even more awesome results soon.
I am happy to say that I figured out the cause to many other things as well.
Five years ago, two things happened: I got a cat, and I began taking birth control pills for the first time. (I had previously been on Depo) I also began to have the following symptoms.
· Severe mood swings (I switched to a generic form of Yaz and these improved but did not go away.)
· Headaches and nausea if I didn’t even every 2 hours
· Severe Itching all over my body that wasn’t relieved by switching all bath and body products or my laundry detergent
· General feeling of not wanting to do anything or go anywhere
· Allergy attacks/cold symptoms that would come year round and last about 24 hours at a time
· Chronic Nose Bleeds
· Low Self Esteem
Well, after seeing the doctor several times and getting no real cause for any of these things, I attributed the physical symptoms to the cat(s) (even though I had never been allergic before and grew up with cats) and the rest of them to my chronic depression which I was diagnosed with in 2006. I resigned myself to feeling crappy because I didn’t want to give up my cats and I hated the side effects of my depression medications.
Then, in November, I told Tom I wanted to stop taking my birth control to see how I would feel, because several of my friends said getting off it helped them emotionally. I never tried this before because I didn’t want kids before we were married. And I don’t totally trust condoms. He agreed. I have been off it for 1 month and 2 weeks and have not experienced most of the above symptoms. The ones I do still have are markedly decreased. I have been doing a lot of googling and some of these are known side effects of birth control. Others are not listed officially but have been reported by lots of people on forums.
I am not a doctor and am not recommending baclofen or going of birth control to anyone, but man do I feel awesome! People keep telling me how great I look too. It’s funny how feeling great can make you look great too.
Marriage definitely agrees with me.