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the story of an invisible girl
I've had a weird and unpleasant headache for the past two days, and I haven't figured out how to fight it. It's only one the left side of my head. Yesterday it started in my neck and went up in a line to the area just behind my left ear. It wasn't steady pain, but periodic sharp jabs that came and went, like waves. It felt like I probably kinked my neck while sleeping, and it was some sort of muscle issue.

During the day I mostly ignored it, because I had other more important things to deal with (like catching up with and being there for dear high school friends!). During the evening, I tried more aggressively to make it go away. I hit it with advil, then tylonal, then a light muscle relaxant. It seemed like a tension headache, so M tried rubbing my shoulders to ease any tension. He didn't find any real knots or anything that would explain the source of the tension or kink, which is annoying.

The pain continued to come and go, but it wouldn't just go away. Our various efforts made the interval between the stabs of pain grow longer, so from that perspective it's good. After a good night's sleep, I found it to still be there this morning. It's still on the left side, but migrated from the lower part of my head to higher, a little above my left ear and now it's settling into my eye socket too. Now I'm wondering if it's sinus related, instead of tension related? Or maybe both.

Bleh. Whatever it is, I hope that I can make it go away! I just haven't figured out how yet. I tried a decongestant and a nap this afternoon, but I feel about the same. It's not intolerable, and I can function okay, but I just have this darn headache. Kind of like a little fellow with an ice pick, stabbing away at the area in between my left ear and eye every 30 seconds or so. I don't like him! Go away little man, leave my head alone.


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rmeidaking From: rmeidaking Date: August 24th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
This sounds like a variation on a migraine. I describe the one I get as having a wire stuck in and stretching back from behind my right eye, with the wire vibrating unpleasantly. Mine usually defy any sort of pain medication. Unfortunately, I also get the "Aura" symptom, which is little colored worms and "floaters" wandering through my vision - which make it very hard to read or drive.

I get them every August, but not often during the rest of the year. I lose a day or so each time, probably four to six days during August.

For your sake, I hope this isn't it, but it does sound similar.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: August 24th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
well foo! if i had known this was going on while we were in the same place, i would have gladly shared either (or both) of my migraine meds with you (ultram or maxalt-mlt). hopefully it chills out very very soon.
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hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: August 26th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: headache

the problem with drugs like Excedrin Migraine is that if you take them too often, you can have rebound headaches, which are just as bad, if not worse, than the actual migraine. caffeine can, in some situations, make migraines worse, too. i used to live on Excedrin Migraine (which if you read the label, is identical to regular Excedrin - hello marketing!) until i actually saw a neurologist and figured out what was going on in my head needed something stronger and less caffeinated.
From: bloggingchick Date: August 24th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd have to agree with the others. Starting in the back of the neck is another give-away that I've heard described by people who get them. My uncle described it as feeling like someone was standing on his neck or pushing a brick into it or something.

My sinus headaches have never started there, usually somewhere near my forehead.

Good luck, hope you get rid of it soon.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: August 24th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just take the drugs already you cute little chemophobe!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 25th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with everyone else on the migraines, when it is at the base of my neck, that is usually what it is. But I know my sinuses, and my family and coworkers, have all been really bad this week, I think there is definitely something in the air. I have been getting headaches behind my eye pretty much every day that go away when I take benadryl severe allergy and sinus headache. It might be worth giving that a shot to see if it helps. If it is a migraine, maxalt-mlt works for me too. Good luck!
From: niiicolaaa Date: August 25th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
oops, that was me, forgot to log in :-)
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