Thursday, January 29, 2009

State of the Migraine Nation

Here are some recent developments in my migraine land.

1) When people ask me “How are you?” in passing, I get so tired of answering “fine” or “good” when that is the farthest thing from the truth. I’ve learned that if I just say, “How are you?” right back to them quickly, they don’t even notice that I haven’t answered them. I’ve been doing it all the time at work, and it works.

2) I’ve given up napping when I’m home sick from work with a migraine. My napping nightmares are far too stressful to even deal with anymore, so I would rather stay awake and just watch crap TV with one eye open.

3) I’ve been eating really well since the New Year, with lots of servings of fresh fruit and veggies, and I’ve been eliminating overly processed foods, too, and I don’t feel one smidge better.

4) I’ve learned that if I feel like screaming at work, because of my migraines, and I go out to my car at the end of the day and actually scream, it makes my head hurt far worse.

5) So far, due to my migraine fog and general loss of concentration, I have lost three pairs of gloves. I think I need to start buying them in bulk.


Aaron D. said...

You could pin the gloves to your jacket sleeves like mom did in kindergarten. :)

beckiwithani said...

I'm so sorry. :( We all have our point where the number of migraines we are getting becomes insanity-inducing ... I think you're there. (Last time I was at my neuro's office, I broke down crying. I was definitely there.) I hope you find a way out.

Christy said...

#4 hit home. I gave up screaming long ago. Just one more thing on the list of "can't"s.

Debor said...

I love it when people at work take one look at me in the morning and say, "Migraine, huh?" I have them well trained, apparently.

And I learned long ago not to even cry when it hurt really bad, or it would just hurt really, really bad. Screaming would probably just make me throw up. :0(

-Julie said...

I'm so sorry. I have been feeling the same way. I'm trying a new "alternative medicine dr" next week. I'm ready to try anything!
I also have weird nightmares with my migraines. I've found that it's when I'm going to wake up with a REALLY bad one, or when I take certain pain pills. It sucks!

Jaymi said...

I like #1 very much - why do we say that to people as we pass anyway? Why not just say hello right? We know they don't really care "how we are"...
My recent development (or actually one that I've finally realized is true) is that I MUST write everything down, no matter what I tell myself at the time. "You won't forget that!"...never were 4 words more wrong! Hope you feel better soon Migraine Chick!

K. Tree said...

Actually, that suggestion about pinning them to your coat is a good one. If it's one less thing you have to get upset about, then it's worth it.

I've never had much help from "nutritional healing" with my migraines, either. The only thing that seems to help is Pepsi. It reduces my migraine pain and is digestable enough to keep me going when solid food is not my friend.

Eileen said...

Not only does screaming make Migraines worse, but so does crying. I used to have days that I would just come home from work and cry....not good for the noggin.

I'm trying to get back into my blog and catching up with everyone - I miss my fellow bloggers!

Andy said...

When asked "How are you?", I just say "You really don't want to know", and ask how they are doing. They really don't want the full details, so we pass over the topic.

I too, know I'm going to wake to a bad one, when my dreams are really disturbing.

If you are able to, stay with the diet, and make sure to get some good protein. I include a MUFA (MonoUnsaturated Fat) with every meal, to counter the bad fats.

I keep losing my sunglasses! That's bad in two ways; First, there almost always on my face when I have them, and second, I'm so light sensitive, that fluorescent lighting or direct sun light causes me pain.

I am new to the blogging world, and want to tell you how much I like your blog and the readers comments as well.

Jeanne said...

Migraine Chick,

The most effective way I have found to deal with the "how are you?" scenario is to matter-of-factly say this, "I'm hanging in there".

For me, "I'm hanging in there" does not mean "fine" or "good". It could mean downright awful.

"Hanging in there" to me means, "I'm still here (surviving)" or I'm still "trucking".

It seems nice and generic enough that 99% of people will just let it go at that.



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