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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.

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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: August 26th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you also getting checked out by your regular doctor?

Have you been under alot of stress lately? That is the only other thing I can think of, but do get your doctor to check you out since this is something that does not happen to you on a regular basis and its interfering with your life.

Edited at 2008-08-26 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: tonycaselli Date: August 27th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope your head continues to feel better!
the_leewit From: the_leewit Date: August 27th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)


Not to be alarming, but you really should see your doctor, just in case, with those patterns. It might be something that you don't want to mess around with.

Distant possibility of it being tooth-caused, too. I know, I know, you probably don't grind your teeth, but once in a while some bizarreness with referred pain can pop up--- pain behind the right eye after neck pain actually turned out to be a filling going "boing" for me.

Try hypericum from the health food store, maybe?
marsgov From: marsgov Date: August 27th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: .02

I intended to comment on this notion as well: tooth-related pain. However, I'd see a dentist rather than visit the health-food store.
the_leewit From: the_leewit Date: August 27th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: .02

Oh, I just meant as a palliative. I forgot to mention (but R. probably knows), when seeking pain relief, talk to the nurse as well as a doctor--- the nurse will tell you what works whether or not it should work.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: August 27th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: .02

I have a horror of health-food palliatives; not just the homeopathic "cures," but the entire range of items that show up in these places with claims of magical powers.
the_leewit From: the_leewit Date: August 27th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: .02

Eh. "Placebo" is one of the mightiest drugs on the market, but I have seen horrors in that thing's name, myself.
the_leewit From: the_leewit Date: August 27th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: .02

That is, I can understand concern. Nevertheless, as my ops manager says of me: it's stupid, but it works. For me, in any case--- and I really should know better. Others' mileage may vary.
the_leewit From: the_leewit Date: August 27th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: .02

And I sort of ass/u/med about the seeing the dentist, as it's one of those things that's less expensive the sooner you do it, like checking one's oil.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: August 27th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: .02

Oh, yes, the dentist would much rather see you right away for something that turns out to be nothing than see you six months later for nothing that becomes something.
From: writerwench Date: August 27th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmmm... I've had retinal migraines for 36 years, since I started at college and launched into a lot of heavy-duty reading (pre-computer screens, fortunately). Not a lot of pain, but that heaviness on one side, and visual disturbances.

I'd second the general health check-up and optician visit, and make sure you follow the health & safety recommendations about using computers - i.e. ten minute break from screen, and rest eyes by looking at distant objects, EVERY hour. Minimum.

I hope it doesn't come back!
fachless From: fachless Date: August 27th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like my sinus migrains, though I get them with the nausea and photophobia. You can try a decongestant (even if your nose doesn't feel stuffy). The sinuses weren't made for us to walk upright, oddly enough, and the crap in your head can just sit there. Too bad I couldn't have made the evoluntionary jump over this myself. I would have saved me the ulcer and first-name-basis that I have going with my toilet.

You might also want to make sure that you are well hydrated. Dehydration can lead to thicker mucus which doesn't drain well.

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