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02 March 2008

worst day in awhile...

I awoke this morning around 8 AM knowing I'd have a migraine soon. I made myself eat some breakfast, and I had a cup of tea (two teabags: one traditional black tea bag, one herbal peppermint tea bag) in the hopes that the smell would calm me and the caffeine would help. No such luck. Breakfast seemed to zap all the energy I had, and I took a nap for a couple of hours in the hopes of waking up refreshed.

In the evening, I got up to shower and begin my day at last. The vague pain and fatigue that had been bothering me all day set in completely--within five minutes of standing up and walking around my house, the pain was sharp behind my left eye and I decided to take some meds. I got a little desperate today and now have way too many things in my system: I took a Naproxen tablet this morning, had three Petadolex as an abortive measure (you can use P. as a preventive and/or an acute treatment), and eventually took my Relpax when I realized the other pills were doing nothing. Still no results. Last but not least I had one Lortab--this is my barely used last resort.

I didn't want to cancel my plans, so I went out with my friend. As we walked downtown, I said, "Wow--the lights on the buildings look so sharp and bright tonight. And beautiful. Don't you think so?" "I don't see that." "Really?" "Yeah. Oh, no! Does this mean you're getting a migraine?" "Oh, I already have one. I've had one all day."

An hour into our dinner all the medication seemed to hit at once. I felt the telltale tingle of the Lortab (followed by the itchiness that is an obnoxious side effect!) as I sipped the coffee I'd ordered, my vain last attempt to rid myself of the pain. It all helped at once and I had a great night despite all the foreign chemicals rushing through my veins. I really don't like being hopped up on meds, but the way I feel now is far superior than drifting painfully through that fog I waded through all day.

Goodnight.

3 comments:

Megan Oltman said...

Hi - just found your blog. I can so relate - bad migraine last night and Imitrex did not knock it out - took another today so i could go visit with a friend - visiting in a drugged fog but so much better than not visiting at all, or being in pain.

I'm enjoying reading your writing. come visit mine if you like.

- Megan
www.meganoltmanfreemybrain.typepad.com

Migraine Chick said...

I'm in the same boat. There's been a huge weather shift so my head is killing me and now I've got to go to work in a drug fog.

Anonymous said...

It's so good to hear that i'm not the only one. I'm 29 and have been having life-disrupting headaches for about 8 yrs. No one can figure out what's wrong with me.

I just moved to Norway a year ago and thought I was entering some kind of medical utopia (socialized healthcare), but found that nothing strong enough for me is legal here. I just spent the last two days in bed popping giant horsepills of ibuprofen. Shit doesnt' even touch my headache. The cool thing is, I allways get paid for the days i miss at my cafe job. That's a step up from the US, sick pay for a lousey food service job.

anyway, it's good to hear your imput...

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