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Migraine, yourgraine, everybody's graine

Emily and I spent much of the last few days with bad headaches, probably weather related, and last night it sent me into a migraine. This morning the page went off for a fire and I came downstairs, drank some water, took ibuprofen, and woke up enough to realize no way was I going to a fire … the aftereffects of a migraine aren’t all that much better than the effects. I was drained and my back was killing me, which I suspect stemmed from the pain making my body tense up. My best guess is that the weather, changes in my sleep patterns, and stress were the big triggers.

But I didn’t come here to complain … wait, yes I did. I didn’t get any writing done, either, and I’m missing my brother’s Halloween party. Boo! (“Boo”, in a bad way.)

I’ve only had about half a dozen migraines, and from what I’ve heard, I suspect mine was a “mild” one. Of course, me being a guy, I suffered more than a woman would have with the same level of pain. Or at least, I complained more. I know people who live with these regularly, and I can’t imagine how horrible that is. It would be like the worst days of my chronic back pain all over, times ten, plus nausea. (By the way, Emily took care of me despite her own headache.)

So if you know anyone who has migraines, send some sympathy there way. Apparently I need to reduce stress and get more sleep, so I’d like to announce I’m retiring from my third shift 911 dispatcher job, just as soon as I get a seven figure, three book deal from any publisher that can pay seven figures. Should be any moment now.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 31st, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
Sympathy coming your way.....

My sweetie used to get them regularly when she was in pre-menopausal and menopausal and they seemed to have been linked to changes in hormone levels. (She hasn't had any for quite some time now. Thank goodness because the medicine she used to take for them almost gave her a heart attack one time and we discovered she was allergic to it.) I don't know how that works for men.

Kudos to Emily, btw.
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:02 am (UTC)
I don't think my hormone levels are at fault ... but the weather definitely plays a toll. Then again, my wife does say I'm sometimes a girl, so who knows? :-)
Nov. 1st, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC)

I once heard that men have daily hormomal cycles (not monthly like women) and that their testosterone levels were highest around 4pm, ergo late afternoon is NOT the time to be negotiating a peace treaty. Or something like that?

Do men have estrogen? Women have testosterone - now I'm curious. (None of which is any help to your headache *sends more sympathy in oodles and bunches*)

I think you're on to something with the weather though - I think high pressure systems also affected my sweetie's migraines.

Great icon, btw.
Nov. 2nd, 2015 06:28 am (UTC)
Ah, my go-to head pain icon.

I don't know either, about the estrogen thing ... I don't think so, but I'm too lazy ... okay, my curiosity was killing me. Turns out men *do* have estrogen. I wonder, on my third shift schedule, what would be the best time for me to negotiate a treaty?

In any case, there's absolutely no doubt that weather changes cause me to have headaches, and sometimes other aches and pains. Luckily, it doesn't usually hit me as hard as this last time!
Oct. 31st, 2015 11:16 pm (UTC)
Migraines suck! I haven't had one in years but I do remember how debilitating they were and how i used to lay in bed with a cool rag on my eyes in a dark room curled in ball.

I totally understand, feel better.
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:03 am (UTC)
You just described exactly how I spent part of my Friday evening.
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:02 am (UTC)
you have my sympathy. Last week I had one that lasted 10 days. Fun times
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:10 am (UTC)
Ouch. My headache has lasted about five days now, but the really bad migrainy part was only five or six hours ... which SEEMED like five days.
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:22 am (UTC)
yeah luckily it cycled thru that with only three days being the full on aura-seeing, nausea inducing word slurring pain (yeah I'm never going to know what I've had a stroke since migraines mimic them)
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:25 am (UTC)
Ouch ...

At least I didn't have to go through the aura.
Nov. 1st, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Those are never fun
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