… for outliving my usefulness as a spawning unit, apparently. Welcome to middle age, howbout a pipe wrench to the head?
Um. I don’t know if I’ve
whined incessantly about mentioned this, but I’ve been getting these headaches for a few years now. They start in my right eye and last about three days. Sometimes they migrate to the left eye, sometimes not. Mostly the pain isn’t excruciating, exactly, it’s just oppressively there, ALL the time, so I pretend I don’t have a headache until about 3:00, and then I crash and burn because the effort of ignoring it has worn me out. Advil doesn’t help. Neither does sleep, stretching, exercise, chicken soup, lots of water, whether taken internally (drinking) OR externally (baths), giving up coffee, drinking extra coffee, giving up dairy or meat or refined sugar, or anything else I’ve tried.
SO, I started keeping a headache diary, and lo, the headaches were happening about once a month, hm. After six months, I took it to the doctor (that was the “something else” in my doctor’s appointment about three weeks ago), and she said it could be, in order of how much it will complicate my life:
- Migraines. Don’t respond to regular headache pills, but there are migraine pills you can take.
- Hormones. We can put me on some kind of birth control pill and mess with my hormonal balance.
- Tension. I can change my entire life around to accommodate my stupid headaches.
That said, quite sensibly, she suggested we start with the simplest possibility: she wrote me a prescription for five migraine pills, I took one and it… muted the headache. I still knew I had a headache, I just didn’t care, basically. And it made me sleepy. So the next time I felt one coming on, I started with my usual tactic (pretend it’s not there, it will feel unwanted and slink away), but then I realized that since that hasn’t worked for years, maybe it’s time to give up on it. So I took another migraine pill, noted ghost headache but no sleepiness, and made an appointment to report to the doctor. She said yep, probably migraines, wrote me another prescription and told me to check back in three months so we could see how it’s going.
So now here we are. On one hand, yay! These headaches have plagued my life and now I’m taking active steps toward controlling them. On the other hand, egad. I am now a Migraine Person.
Song du jour of the day: Headlock, by Imogen Heap.