Saturday, May 24, 2008
The (Nearly) Ever-Present Headaches
Well, yesterday I was able to carve out some time to go see the doctor again. I've been having pretty severe headaches behind my left eye for several months now. For some reason, it's becoming nearly impossible to take time off from work, so I was fortunate to get this crammed into the 14 other things that needed to be done on my day off. My doc had previously thought it was just a sinus headache and an x-ray had confirmed that I had some sinus infection (although pretty minor and on the right side of my head). So I took all the antibiotics but still was getting headaches pretty regularly (usually at work and usually about 4-6 times a week). To kind of keep track of them, I started doing a headache log and after a month of recording it brought it back to the doc. Next week he'll schedule an MRI and after taking a look at that determine if I should go see an ENT or a Neurologist. But in the meantime he gave me a few samples of a migraine medicine and told me to try those, taking them at the first sign of headache. So I come home and put the medicine on the table and then leave to go watch Indiana Jones with my friend C. Of course, half-way through the movie, a headache pops up. It's about a 3 on a 5 point scale, so it hurts, but I can still function. Then we go eat. By the time I dropped C off, it was hurting pretty bad (not quite crying bad, but close). So I zipped back home and took the first migraine pill. Not working, but I have to wait two hours until I can take the second one. In the meantime, people show up at the house and I feel obligated to stay out and visitate rather than go lie down (at this point it had dropped a little bit, maybe a 3.5 out of 5). I took the second pill and it was still hurting, and then I finally just went to my room, turned off all the lights and tried to sleep. I woke up and I felt a decent amount better (about down to a 2) - taking Aleve and getting a bite to eat took care of the rest of it. But all told, I had a headache for approximately 7 hours, and it wasn't fun. I've got to find out what the deal is. And of course, the obligatory Arnold quote: "It's not a tumor".