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Friday, April 14, 2006


I've decided to take a break from my political commentary and discuss a topic that is very important to me; headaches. I have had problems with headaches since I was very young. Now, as an adult, I still get them, in various forms and for a variety of reasons. If I get too much sleep, I stand a good chance at getting a headache. If I don't have coffee in the morning, I will get a headache. Both types are very different. The overleep headache will be a dull pain behind my eyes, whereas the caffeine-deficiency headache is a throb. Tense shoulders will lead to a sore neck, which morphs into a tension headache. I don't like any of these, so I drink lots of coffee and try not to sleep too long or late.

More commonly, I get headaches for no reason. They just appear out of the blue to brighten my day. Their frequency is so great that I have somewhat come to live with them, as my own very special type of handicap.

On occasion, though somewhat rare, I will get headaches that are resistant to medicine, and last for days, sometimes exceeding a week! These are not fun. I go to be with the headache, and wake up with the headache. It will last throughout the day, despite taking tylenol or ibuprofen, and it will just hang out until it decides to find someone more interesting to annoy. Fortunately, this type of headache only comes a few times a year, and the pain is usually fairly mild; more annoying than anything.

I also develop migraines, with the sharp pain behind one eye, the nausea, and the intense, shooting pain throughout my brain. I did not get them when I was younger, but now get a few a year. They are powerful, and fully incapacitating. I can't do much of anything....I become this mouth-breathing, lazy-eyed lump. My first migraine was probably in about 2001. My wife (then girlfriend) and I were on a trip and I woke up with the migraine, and thought I was going to die. I put a cold washcloth on my forehead to help, but the faint detergent smell of the washcloth put me on the verge of throwing up. Over the next few years, I found Excedrin Migraine, which is a god-send. For me, it will clear up my migraine within about 30 minutes; something that ibuprofen, tylenol, etc...couldn't do.

Anybody else out there feel my pain?


Blogger AubreyJ said...

Been there... done that...
My Primary Doctor sent me to a specialist some years back to see what was going on with these massive headaches I was getting. Make a long story short... There are some good, none narcotic medicines out there, that are by prescription only that will end those headaches for good.

If you haven't gone down this road with your Doctor yet... best hook up with him/her. As we get older... these problems could be caused by or lead to some very serous... life-threatening stuff that doesn't need to be played around with.
Anyway... hope I've been some help to you...
Take care...

3:19 AM  
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3:20 AM  
Blogger Ben A. Johnson said...

Isn't there some sort of prescription migrane medicine thingy that people can take to prevent getting headaches in the first place?

You can see how knowledgable I am on the subject.

Anyway, hope your days are headache free, Flynn. Give me a call sometime.

7:13 PM  
Blogger prying1 said...

I've heard from a couple people that grapefruit oil aroma therapy has done wonders for them. You can get it pretty cheap on ebay or perhaps a candle shop in your neighborhood (check w/Google) might have it.

A couple drops on a hanky and just smell the stuff for a little while.

10:46 AM  
Blogger prying1 said...

Update from another internet friend. Asked to make sure it was grapefruit oil and got this response:

I've only bought it on ebay, and the woman I was buying it from stopped listing. I tried emailing her twice, but got no response.

Just make sure you get pure grapefruit essential oil. I'm not sure if the stuff they sell as fragrance oil (for candles scenting, etc) is the same or not.
I've also seen pink graprefuit oil listed, but never bought any of that either, so I don't know about it either.

Just try a small vial first to see how it works for you. They sell on ebay for about $3 or so, plus shipping.

I Googled - "grapefruit essential oil" headaches - and got 1000 hits. Might want to check it out. "Homey" swears by it.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My headaches went away after I used eye drops to lower the pressure in one eye. What a relief.
Kitty C.

3:39 PM  

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