August 26th, 2008


Headache Conclusion (I hope)

After three days, my darn headache finally went away. When I woke up yesterday morning, I lay still for a few minutes, sending out cautious little probes. "You still there, headache? Still hurting?" There was no answer, just a certain heaviness on the left side. I climbed hopefully out of bed and started my day.

I hadn't gotten much father than puttering about the kitchen and making coffee when the weight settled back into my eye socket and the first stab came above my ear. "I'm baaaack," tootled the headache. Darn.

Yesterday was a rather unproductive day. I don't think I felt any worse than I did saturday or sunday, I think I was just more worn down by the whole thing. Working on the computer, in particular, produced unpleasant stabbiness behind my left eye. I got some work done, but not a normal day's worth. I did a lot of resting, and (I'll admit) some pouting and feeling sorry for myself. I made travel reservations for this weekend, then attempted to go to bed early.

This morning when I woke up, I lay still for a few minutes, sending out more cautious little probes. No pain! I was tentatively encouraged, though not trusting the situation. I got up and started my day. A half hour later, still without a headache, I grew cautiously hopeful. "Don't celebrate too much," I told my body, "because the headache might hear you and come back."

It still felt kind of heavy and untrustworthy all day, like any wrong move might allow it to slip back in. And honestly now, almost 5pm, it's starting to ache somewhat behind my left eye again. (grumble) But still... I am encouraged. Hooray it's going away! Now it just needs to stay away.

So what's going on? I dunno. The Friends List Consensus seems to be that it was a migraine. I am not so sure about that though. For one thing I don't know that it's severe enough. It was ouchie, but not debilitating. Also there were no auras or nausea -- but it was distinctly one-sided, which I guess is typical for migraines. I'm not sure: I don't know much about them. I get a lot of headaches, but never anything diagnosed as a migraine.

But if not that, what? It was unusual for me in how long it lasted, and that medication wouldn't make it go away. A tension headache is a good possibility, since it started in my neck. I do get tension headaches, although they generally respond nicely to advil. A sinus thing is a possibility, but that seems unlikely given that my sinuses never were all that congested. Could it be a monthly thing? I suppose it's possible, though I wouldn't think a hormonal pain would be so left-sided.

Could it be a vision or eye thing? That's quite possible.... computer use definitely makes it hurt more, although I can't tell if it was caused by computer use. I've made myself an appointment with my eye doctor for a checkup (he's not free until mid-september though unfortunately). I had lasik almost four years ago, and I haven't had an eye appointment since January 2006 (wow, I didn't realize it was that long ago, oops). I definitely need to stay more on top of my vision checkups, regardless or whether my eyes are bothering me.

So I don't really know! I'm glad it's gone (well, sort of gone... going, at least), whatever it is, and I hope I can find a way to make it go away completely and stay away.