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January 22, 2010

Letters of Intent


Dear Head-That-Sits-Upon-My-Shoulders,

Seriously — what’s with the migraines? I know that I’m over-tired, often stressed, and usually over-extending myself. As far as I’m concerned, throwing periodic migraines to the mix is like kicking me when I’m down. I’m done with the “pretty” flashing, flickering lights that warn: “Migraine Ahead!” I’m done with the excruciating headaches that have me curled in the fetal position on the couch with a blanket over my head while Shane watches four hours of Fraggle Rock videos and eats Cheerios out of the box. And I’m especially done with the post-migraine hangover that lasts for several days…the fatigue, the nausea, and the lingering headache is like a bully pushing you into a mud puddle after he’s already given you a wedgie and stolen your lunch money. Please have mercy on me, and stop with the migraines already.

Sincerely,

~ The woman who was reduced to a quivering mass on Tuesday, and who’s just now finally feeling a bit more like her self again today.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2010 4:52 pm

    Ooh, your poor head! I hate migraines.

  2. January 22, 2010 7:58 pm

    Fraggle Rock videos?! Wow, can I come to your house?

    OK sorry.

    I’m so sorry that you are suffering from migraines. They are horrible and you’re right, the hangover from them is almost as bad as the actual headache. I hope you figure out something soon to stop them. FYI- my hubby and I both put ice on the back of our necks and it seems to help A LOT. I don’t know why exactly but every time those flickering lights show up we grab the ice and it has actually stopped the migraines before they go full blown.

    Thanks for linking up!

    • January 27, 2010 12:38 pm

      I just have to say…I LOVE YOU! Yesterday morning while I was in the shower I started seeing those flickering lights again. At first I wanted to cry…not another migraine already. Then I remembered reading your comment a few days before, so I leaped out of the shower, threw on a bathrobe, grabbed an icepack from the fridge, told my husband he needed to watch our son for a while, and flopped face-down on our bed with the icepack pressed to the back of my neck.

      No migraine! It’s as though I fast-forwarded straight past the horrendous migraine pain right to the hangover, but you know, I’ll take that hung-over feeling over a migraine any day! So thank you so much for commenting, and sharing that tip!

  3. January 22, 2010 8:03 pm

    I discovered earlier this year that some of my migraines were linked to my blood pressure. If I forget to take my meds, I’m guaranteed to get a debilitating migraine.

    • January 27, 2010 12:40 pm

      Eek — I should look into that. High blood pressure runs in my family, unfortunately. So far mine’s always been good, but that can change, I know.
      Thank you for sharing that — I have an appoint. coming up next month, so I’ll have to see how my blood pressure is then.

  4. January 22, 2010 9:58 pm

    This sounds AWFUL!! Have you seen a doctor? Aaron was given pills that help most people with mirgranes (not him, his were being caused by his ears, but most people). Could you get a prescription?

    • January 27, 2010 12:42 pm

      I could, that’s probably what would happen when I do go to the doctor. Thing is, I’m a bit scared of the prescription migraine meds — they’re pretty heavy-duty stuff!
      I’m trying to do some dietary & lifestyle changes first, and then I’ll only pull out the big guns if this doens’t make a difference. I know the biggest issue I’m having, and I”m sure it’s having an effect on my overall health, is sleep deprivation. Sean’s working on his two-year-molars, so we’re all in misery right now! You know he’s never been the best sleeper, but he’s gone from waking once, maybe twice a night to quite a bit more over the past month or so. Teething sucks. 😦

  5. January 23, 2010 1:07 am

    I am so sorry! Migraines run in our family and it is so scary!

    Hope you and the little man are both feeling much better soon!

    • January 27, 2010 12:44 pm

      Thank you — it hasn’t been fun, that’s for sure. I’m trying to change some things, my diet, my sleep habits (my son’s not helping much there, though) to see if that makes a difference. I know I’m run down from not getting enough sleep, and I haven’t been eating well, either, so I think my head’s just revolting now!

  6. January 23, 2010 8:41 pm

    Migraines? Oh no! That is not good. I’ve never had them but have heard how horrid they are. I’ve had an ear infection and strep throat and that has thrown me for a loop enough…migraine? Just lock me up in the loony bin if that happens. I hope you are feeling 100 percent better now!

    • January 27, 2010 12:46 pm

      Thanks — they’re really no fun. 😦 I know it’s because I’m run down, and honestly haven’t been taking great care of myself, so maybe they’ve been the kick-in-the-butt that I’ve needed to start eating & sleeping better. I’m feeling better now and wanting to stay that way!

  7. January 24, 2010 9:56 am

    I agree with Foursons…you have Fraggle Rock videos?

    Okay, moving on. I’m so sorry you suffer from migraines. I feel truly blessed to not get those horrid things. I hope you can find something to help you.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • January 27, 2010 12:47 pm

      We have season one on DVD — my husband actually got that for me as a Christmas or birthday gift long before my son was born! I’ll take Fraggle Rock or the Muppet Show any day over cartoons like Dora, and I love that my son loves Fraggle Rock as much as I do!

  8. January 24, 2010 6:33 pm

    I’m dealing with a migraine today. It sucks. I’ve taken more than the prescribed dose of medicine because nothing was cutting it. So now, I feel bad from the medicine on top of feeling horrible from the leftover effects of the migraine. Fun times!

    • January 27, 2010 12:51 pm

      It’s such an awful feeling, coping with the migraine first, then dealing with the “hangover” afterwards. 😦
      Did you see the comment that Julie (from http://www.myfourboys.net/) left above, about holding an icepack on the back of your neck when you feel a migraine about to hit? I’d never heard of that before, but yesterday morning I started to see those flashy lights so I tried it…and it worked! Well, I still have that hangover feeling, but I bi-passed the migraine itself, so I’ll count it as a success!

  9. January 27, 2010 12:24 am

    Your migraines sound exactly like mine and generally are triggered by hormones. What I’ve found to keep them at bay is to stay really well hydrated every day.

    First thing in the morning I drink at least 12 oz. of water and that has helped reduce the number I get to a few a year, if that.

    I hate the aura, the spaciness and the flashes that continue for a week afterwards. Blech. I hope you are doing better.

    • January 27, 2010 12:54 pm

      You know, I nver thought of that, but I haven’t been as good about keeping myself hydrated lately. That could definetely be playing a role! And I know I’m not sleeping well.
      When you say your’s were triggered by hormones — were you more likely to get them during certain times of your cycle than others? I’m still nursing, but have regained my fertility, so I’m sure my hormones are all over the place. I’m interested in learning more, if you wouldn’t mind sharing your experiences, or could point me in the direction so I can do more research.
      Thank you so much for commenting — you gave me something to mull over!

  10. February 27, 2010 7:49 pm

    Between trying to get pregnant, being pregnant, and breastfeeding I have had to work on my migraine treatment. I LOVE a good icepack. I also have some peppermint oil (I bought an aromatherapy roller from Bath and Body Works) and a scalp massager that work well.

    I found years ago that chocolate, caffine, and peanuts are my migraine triggers. I love all three, but they are not worth a headache. Just a thought!

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