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It's All In Your Head

Posted Jan 11 2010 12:00am

Long time readers will know that I suffer from migraines. Suffer being the operative word - if you have them, you know of what I speak. I would not wish migraines on my worst enemy, for the pain is intolerable. I'm creating a category for these headaches, in order to track them effectively, to try to root out the cause. I had one on Saturday - let's see how many of my triggers I can match.

I don't take birth control pills because the hormones give me migraines. BUT. In preparation for the surgery I'm having on Wednesday, I'm taking Prometrium. CAUSE 1.  

I didn't sleep well. CAUSE 2.

I typically get migraines if I skip meals. Or avoid breakfast, my least favorite meal ever. No cause there.

I often come down with a migraine if I'm in the company of someone with very strong or overpowering perfume. Nope. No cause there.

I always come down with migraines if I allow myself to become dehydrated, or if I drink too much the nightbefore. Nope, no cause there.

I have often wondered if aspartame causes me to have migraines, and so I took all diet soda - pretty much my only source of the stuff - out of my diet New Year's day. I cannot TELL you how tired I am without the caffeine boost - but I still had a headache.  

So the cause of Saturday's migraine was probably hormone related. A fact I can do nothing about. But I can track it and see how often they happen. When they do, I have medication to take, but it's a fine line, because I don't like how loopy and disconnected the meds make me feel. It's a toss up - do I deal with the pain, or take the medicine, have no pain and feel like crap for about, oh, six hours?

Do you get migraines? How do you deal with them?

January 11, 2010 in Headache Alert | Permalink

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