Friday, May 31, 2013

Ow. Ow. Ow.

Headaches suck. 

That's a given. 

They're painful and miserable and bullshit. 

All of which are givens. 

People who only get headaches occasionally  don't understand when I talk about my headaches. They don't understand the intricacies of how headaches hurt and the different kinds of pain they cause.

A headache is not just a headache. 

I have a friend who gets migraines almost daily, and we spent a long time talking about the types of pain and location of the headache and the remedies that work for us. My husband looked on in confusion. 

For those who are unaware, there are throbbing headaches, pressure headaches, migraines (which are not just bad headaches), sharp headaches, dull headaches that are more just discomfort and about a thousand others. 

I am so used to being in extreme pain, that I don't spent a lot of time thinking about it anymore. I work through it. If I'm lucky, Sudafed makes them go away. 

The most common headache that I get is a throbbing on the left side of my head behind my eye. It can be incredibly painful or just there. I have gotten so used to it, though, that I can work through most of them. At it's worst, the vision in my left eye become blurry and my balance gets all whacky. At best, it's just kind of there.

Yesterday I had a headache that really knocked me off my game. I was confused by it because I had never felt it before. I didn't know where it was coming from. It was a consistent pain across my forehead that just made me feel tired. 

Then something really weird happened. 

I took ibuprofen. It went away. 

That has never happened ever in the history of headaches. 

It turns out that I am so used to miserable, intolerable pain that I just, well, tolerate, that an average every day headache was inconceivable. 

I called Doc because I was a little freaked out and told him where it was hurting.

"It just sounds like a headache. Take two aspirin and call me in the morning. Literally."

I have never had a headache that responds to medicine. Ever. 

So, that's a thing. 

As always, it's hip to be square (and in moderate amounts of pain), kids.

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