Day: October 6, 2012
Status

Migraine

Saturday, October 6th, 2012.  13DPMc.

I used to get headaches in high school.

And they kept getting worse…

My family doc had me record what I ate, drank, and did for weeks at a time to try to pinpoint what exactly was causing these cursed things.

It wasn’t caffeine, sodium, or anything I was eating, and in the end the doctor ruled them to be migraines.

Migraines triggered by hormonal fluctuations.

In college, they got worse.  They’d last days at a time, and the level of medication escalated weekly.

Then, when I started birth control, they went away completely.  It was great!

…Minus the whole Birth-Control-Tracy thing, anyway.

In the battle of batshit crazy, or in pain every other day, crazy won by a landslide.

Some people in my life may have preferred the pain, lol.

When I finally got off of birth control after the husband and I were engaged, I was really scared that the migraines would return.

Mercifully, they didn’t.

I asked my doctor why this was, and she said that many women go through more than one puberty-like hormonal shift.  The first one is obvious, and the others can be more subtle.  She asked if I had noticed any changes in my body over the years, and after thinking about it, I had.  She said that was probably the hormones regulating and that maybe I wouldn’t get migraines so much, or even at all anymore.

I also worried that the fertility medications I started taking a couple years after that conversation would bring back the pain.

Again, mercifully, they didn’t.

I worried again when I got that blessed BFP that the headaches were just around the corner…

And still… nothing.

I started to think I was invincible.

And then I miscarried.  And the migraines came back.

It’s been just about two weeks since the miscarriage, and I’ve had four migraines.  Two of them have lasted over 24 hours.

Including the one I have now… I’ve tried just about everything.

Here’s a short list of things that won’t work on migraines:

  • Tylenol
  • Motrin
  • Percocet
  • Caffeine
  • Sleep
  • Cold
  • Heat
  • Hot baths
  • Hot tea
  • Rest
  • Doctor Who repeats
  • Bacon
  • Nutella
  • Blogging

I’m typing this with one eye closed.  It hurts too much to have them both open at the same time.  Light hurts.  Sound hurts.  I’m hungry and nauseated all at once.  My face feels like it’s going to crumple in on one side.  My neck hurts, and my shoulders are tight because of that, and the pain from my shoulders is radiating down my arms and back.

I’m a mess.

I wonder if wine helps…?  I’m thinking not.

Oh, one other thing that I thought might help that totally didn’t?

Sex.

Yep.  First time since the miscarriage, and I wanted it to be something special… Instead, it turned into a device to help alleviate pain instead of alleviating something else.

Oops.

Anyway, it’s making me dizzy trying to type this with one eye, so I’m going to go lie around and try to watch sappy chick-flicks with one eye.  That should definitely help…

Happy weekend, friends.

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