Migraines Reflection

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During my sophomore year of highschool, I started to get migraines every single day. All the women on my mom’s side of my family get them, so I just assumed it was hereditary and would go away. At the same time, it was marching season. Every time I would play my clarinet, the migraines would get so much worse. At the end of the year, I had an eye exam. Dr. Labhart was really concerned about the pressure because it was way higher than it should be. Since he doesn’t specialize in this, he referred me to the University of Louisville Pediatric Eye specialist. My new optometrist became Dr. Bhola, who was also concerned about the pressure. He asked me questions about my migraines and asked me if I played an instrument. When I told him I played clarinet, he told me that was the source of my high eye pressure. He was writing a study about how when you play an instrument and forced air through, it made the pressure go up. He told me that if I didn’t stop playing, it could lead to juvenile gluacoma. Dr. Bhola put me on steroid eye drops to see if the pressure would go down. After five months of doing eye drops in both eyes and the pressure not going down, he decided I need to have surgery on one of my eyes. He believed that I would only need to get one eye operated on because he thought it would help both eyes since they were connected. However, that was not the case. At this time, I was devastated. I had to get eye surgery and I couldn’t do the thing I loved most. I wasn’t

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