Just Call Me Goldilocks

I don’t get migraines very often, but when I do they’re awful. I’m lucky they don’t last for days, but they are very intense when I get them. They’re bad enough that I can’t think straight, I can’t talk and I sometimes even become a little irrational.

The last time I had a migraine was November 22, 2005. It was the night of my very last chemo treatment. My parents and in-laws came over to the house for a celebration. I had ordered cupcakes with white frosting and pink ribbons and we were going to have Chinese for dinner. This particular headache came on so fast and furious that I had very little warning. I can usually feel it coming and take something to help a little, but not this time.

It was a little ironic that I didn’t throw up once during the entire time I went through chemo until the very last day. I know the treatment that day didn’t cause the migraine, but I do think it intensified it.

And this post doesn’t have anything to do with my last migraine, but you know I get started and have a hard time stopping.

So anyway, I got another migraine this afternoon. I was driving Taylor to band practice when I felt the beginnings of a headache. When I got home I decided to relax in the chair for a little bit to see if it would go away on its own. Basically I was too lazy to go upstairs for Tylenol.

It didn’t go away and quickly turned into a raging migraine. So I went upstairs and took some Excedrin Migraine, then went down into the basement where it’s fairly dark. I tried to get comfy in one of the recliners, but it was too big. I then tried to get comfy in the other recliner, but it was too something.

Next I went back up to the room to lie in the bed. But it was too bright and the headache seemed to be worse when I lay down. So I came back down to the family room and sat in the big green chair. It was still too bright and I couldn’t find a position that relieved the pressure in my neck.

In a last bit of desperation I tried my chair in the living room. With the shades drawn it’s fairly dim and the wings on the side were the perfect rest for my head. I was able to relax and the next thing I new 30 minutes had passed and my headache was gone. No insane ramblings, no crazy thoughts and no throwing up.

Note to self: Next time you get a migraine take the Excedrin Migraine and head straight for the living room.

10 Comments

  1. Rosie on August 9, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    I don’t get bad headaches or migraines very often either, but when I do…same as you. Awful. Every once in a while I get lucky and if I catch the headache quick enough and sleep I’m in good shape. The worst case is the headache I had for 3 days and got physically sick. Yeah, don’t want to do that again.Glad you are feeling better.

  2. a wandering heart on August 9, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Hope the migraines stay away!It is a small world. Jackie and I actually know eachother irl- we graduated together and were in youth group together.

  3. Mailyn on August 10, 2007 at 2:23 am

    My mom used to get migraines badly. Then she divorced my dad. Just saying. :-PSeriously she did and thy went away. It was amazing. Then again, if you’d known my dad you wouldn’t be surprised. He’s an ass.I hope you feel better. *hugs*

  4. CindyS on August 10, 2007 at 7:40 am

    The things you have to cope with! I’m so glad that it didn’t go into a full blown rage and that it passed fairly quickly.CindyS

  5. Monnik on August 10, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I’m like you – I get migraines occasionally, really bad ones about once a year or so. I’m completely non functional when I get them.(I’m worried, because it’s been at least 18 months since I’ve had one THAT bad…)Glad you found a comfy chair to get better in. 🙂

  6. Jenster on August 10, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Rosie – I’m pretty much that way, too. If I can catch it early enough. My last headache is the only one that I still had when I woke up in the morning so I’m pretty lucky that way.A Wandering Heart – That was just funny!Mailyn – Hm… Todd gets migraines often and they sometimes last for days. Do you think maybe he should get rid of me?? LOLCindy – I can’t really complain about headaches because they’re so rare. Poor Todd, on the other hand. Every time the barometric pressure changes – up or down, doesn’t matter – he ends up with a doozy.Monnik – Have you tried Excedrin Migraine? I really think that’s what helped me. That and being still and quiet in a dark room for a little while. I’ve never been to that point in a headache where something actually worked for it. So it’s worth a try.

  7. Ann(ie) on August 10, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    I had the same experience recently. Occasionally headaches can disable me and turn into a full on and excruciating migraine complete with puking and other fun stuff. I was able to sit in a comfy chair in the dark for about 40 minutes and kick it with the help of 2 Aleve. oh, happy day!! When you feeling that pain lifting you want to dance around! Happy Weekend, girlie.xo

  8. Jen on August 10, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    I get bad headaches sometimes, but never migraines. So sorry Jen! Glad you are feeling a bit better though. Take care!Can you tell me the secret to gettin my blogger award button up on my page. Slightly technotarded me has had no luck!

  9. D.O.M. Dan on August 10, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    How Awful! I’m sorry to hear about it. I guess I’m lucky in that I’ve never experienced a migraine. I hope you have a good weekend.

  10. Emily on August 10, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    What a crappy day! I am so sorry to hear about your headache. I know I’ve gotten some awful migraines before and a person just can’t function with them. I’m glad you found the perfect comfy chair!!

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