Desperate measures

As some of you know, I’ve been suffering from a splitting headache since Wednesday. It seems to be getting worse instead of better. I am not incapacitated by any means, but the pain is relentless. Today I’ve been periodically screaming just to let some of my misery out.

I have tried:
1. Midrin (prescription headache meds the doctor gave me)
2. Excedrin
3. Excedrin migraine
4. Excedrin tension headache
5. An ice pack

None of those things worked for very long, if at all. I am having a very hard time in my classes, and reading, and being online. Only conversation distracts me from the pain for awhile. And lately, I’ve had little to talk about.

A friend has just given me one of her prescription migraine medications. Another friend has mixed me some vodka with juice. If worse goes to worse, I will got my parents’ lake house and steal some of my dead grandmother’s pain meds — and if they don’t kill the headache than nothing will — but I’d really rather not do that, because in addition to the fact that’s illegal, opiate hangovers are truly a force to be reckoned with. If this situation continues I will have to go to the doctor AGAIN and get ANOTHER shot. (I was just there a few weeks ago.)

As far as proactive measures, the doctor said last time that my headache was from stress, so I made an appointment with yet another counselor to see about reducing my stress. But obviously that sort of thing takes time, a luxury I don’t have. I have a paper due on Tuesday and a midterm on Thursday, worse luck.

I utterly loathe my life.

21 thoughts on “Desperate measures

  1. Zoe October 16, 2010 / 8:48 pm

    Oh hun, that sounds horrible. Are you sure the doc has ruled out other things? I get really bad headaches when I haven’t been wearing my glasses/ need new glasses. Makes me sound totally blind …

    My aunt who does massage therapy taught me this pressure point at the back of the neck which seems to help sometimes. Have you tried that type of thing?

    Stress sucks, by the way, when you are stressed thinking that you are stressed just makes it worst! Some horrid circle type thing.

    Hope you feel better soon!!

    • Meaghan October 16, 2010 / 8:53 pm

      I’m sure it’s not my glasses. My headaches happen whether I wear them or not. (Generally I don’t wear them when I’m reading or whatever, just when I go out or I need to see a longer distance. My eyes are bad enough that if I don’t wear them at the computer it’s hard to read the screen.) I had Michael massage my neck, shoulders and scalp. It didn’t help.

      This might well be a migraine. I’ve got a history of those. Dr. didn’t think the last one was a migraine, but this one hurts in a different place.

      I’m pretty discouraged right now.

  2. marycarney October 16, 2010 / 8:54 pm

    So sorry you’re miserable – I used to have those kind of days-on-end headaches – they totally suck.

  3. Princess Shantae October 16, 2010 / 9:20 pm

    If you were having a migraine you wouldn’t be able to read at all and you sure would not be able to use the pc.
    You realy should not be having any kind of alcohol esp if you are also taking all kind of pain meds. Alcohol even by itself will just make it worse.

    • Meaghan October 16, 2010 / 10:31 pm

      I’ve had migraines all my life and it’s perfectly possible to read or use a computer — in fact, I usually coped with my pain by reading to distract myself. Light sensitivity doesn’t bother me as much as it does a lot of migraine sufferers.

  4. Kat October 16, 2010 / 10:01 pm

    If you are taking multiple meds make sure you take them in the right time apart…as in don’t take one or two at the same time, it will actually make it worse. Have you tried Percocet? I got that when I had my son three years ago and still have it, didn’t work for the csection pain, but if I have a legit migrane it works. (If not, I puke, but too much there, eh?). Also, I was hospitalized for a mg once and they gave me mophine ived. Don’t do the alcohol, it’s a temporary fix and will dehydrate you even more. Drink some water ( I mean a lot) and try the meds at fixed hours. Hopefully that will work. Have you been checked for allergies to meds? If one isn’t working (prescription) you could be allergic to something in the pain meds. Been there too. Best of luck.

  5. Kat October 16, 2010 / 10:39 pm

    Also, Motrin. I know it sounds odd, but when I came out of surgery, they tried a lot of meds on me, and the best was 4 Motrin every four hours.

  6. Christine October 16, 2010 / 11:04 pm

    Sorry to hear your not feeling well. I’ve never had a migraine, but my sister has. I hope the doctor can you give you something to ease your pain. Have you tried Xanax to help ease the stress? Maybe an anti anxiety med would help the migraine.

  7. amy October 17, 2010 / 12:43 am

    Water…water…hydrate. It will help. Also, you didn’t mention if you had any other pain- shoulders, neck, back…which is sometimes associated with muscle/stress and can also worsen headache/migraine pain. The only two things that work for me, besides water, are a visit to the chiropractor and typing while keeping my bad eye closed(which you don’t have to do!)

    Sending good karma to you.

  8. Justin October 17, 2010 / 1:55 am

    So the icepack on the neck stopped working?

    • Justin October 17, 2010 / 6:39 pm


  9. Amy White October 17, 2010 / 1:59 am

    I told a friend about the migraines i get every 4 weeks. One full day of relentless low-level disgusting headache untouched by meds including Percocet ( I had a script for a different reason & discovered they don’t get rid of the migraine) I cannot use pot because of job-related issues, but have been told that medical marijuana really works for this. Also, my neighbor recently gave me a cutting of a feverfew plant. She swears it works if you make tea out of the leaves and i intend to try it when i get another migraine(after researching it on the computer first, of course, so i don’t poison myself). Like you, I can read and fuction with a migraine, but as for conversations, i would rather not talk to anyone , just lie around with an icepack on my head.

  10. Julieann October 17, 2010 / 9:23 am

    How’s your nutrition? You’ve made mention before about not being a big eater and going long periods without eating. Try 5 servings of fruit and veggies daily, lean proteins, whole grains, good fats…. If you don’t like to eat, I realize this is a tall order. Send boyfriend out with grocery list!
    Also, don’t like it when your sick – affects Charley Project! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Kim Clark Esposito October 17, 2010 / 10:06 am

    I am a headache sufferer too. In my “maturing years” I have realized that I do have food triggers. The worst are fake sugars, splenda, etc. It is even in gum now. I chew it I have a migraine in about 15 minutes. Also too much IBPROFEN can actually give you a headache when you withdraw from it. It can be addictive. Really. I went to a neurologists. I got my head examined{}{}{}. He recommended imitrex. That medicine made me feel like I could not swallow properly, made me aggressive and anxious. So, my advice, watch your diet, start to figure out the foods you eat, the triggers you have, then, go work out, take a walk, something and then, sleep. That really makes my headaches go away. I had one this summer for about 21 days off and on. I am empathizing with you completely. Exercise really helps me!
    Good luck with all of the advice…

  12. Princess Shantae October 17, 2010 / 11:12 am

    Having a regular schedule is real important. Eating decent food atthe same times every day even when you aren’t hungry, keeping normal hours.
    Btw I hate to bring this up now but if I don’t I’ll forget it. Today’s update on Brenda Heist says Lititz PA is 40 miles from NYC. That didn’t sound right so I looked it up. Its actualy 159 miles.

    • J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. October 17, 2010 / 11:38 am

      Good catch there, Princess. I do note that Lititz (wrongly spelled in second reference on Heist page) is but a short distance from, no, not New York, but York PA, and that the latter does in fact have a George Street as referenced in the update. Confusion reigns! Oh well, if someone plagiarizes that account, they’ll be adding to the bedlam with more merry mix-ups. Wrong mileage, or wrong town entirely? Doesn’t sound good for solving the case of Linda Heist.

  13. Michael October 17, 2010 / 10:49 pm

    Also check how your protein intake is. I had horrendous headaches when my blood sugar was out of wack and it was hypoglycemia. Anything sugar related sent me into a headache that made me want to kill myself

    • Meaghan October 18, 2010 / 12:44 pm

      I do have hypoglycemia and sometimes get headaches for that. That’s not what this is, though. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Wish it was — an easy solution, just eat.

  14. Jeanne October 18, 2010 / 1:07 am

    Oh, I feel for you, Meaghan. I started having migraines again after a hiatus of about 20+ years. Last fall I was in bed for three days, and then of course felt crappy for a couple more. Have had two migraines this year, but took a Maxalt-MLT (rizatriptan benzoate) that the doc gave me after the bout last fall, and it worked–I was headachy for half a day, but able to sorta function, and fine the day after.

    My hat is off to those who can function with a migraine, I cannot at all. The headache is awful, can’t even watch television, I’m totally nauseous, and have, more than once, spent time curled up on the bathroom floor because I was ‘this close’ to vomiting. The first migraine I had, my husband took me to the hospital because we both thought I might be having a stroke.

    So I was really glad to find something that worked. Still do not know what would trigger the migraines to start up again, though I suspect being menopausal may be at least partly at fault.

    Enough about me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Imitrex works for a friend of mine whose migraines seem to be tied to her female cycle. She thinks, too, that MSG and artificial sweetners may trigger hers.

    Good luck finding a way to manage yours.

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