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Jon said something about migraines today, but the main thrust of his post was about how heaven is farming, and I didn't want to distract anyone, so I'm saying this here. Also, I can't think of anything else to talk about today.

I've gotten a few migraines in my life. I get them from my dad. Hereditarily speaking, that is. I don't get them very often (touch wood), for which I am very thankful. But I have had them enough to say that I think that the second worst thing about having a migraine (the worst thing about having a migraine is that you're having a migraine) is that people think that they're just really bad headaches, and they're not. They are intense pain which happens to be located in the noggin region, but they're NOTHING like headaches. They hurt more, and differently. There are flashing lights (I believe known as an "aura"). Also, there's sensitivity to light, and to noise, and to moving around. And not wussy sensitivity like "ah, wow, that light makes my head hurt even more," but more in-yer-face sensitivity like "ah, wow, that light makes me have to throw up." This, combined with the moving-around sensitivity, often makes the bathroom floor a difficult place to leave.

Hopefully I didn't fuck with any karmic-type things that make me have a migraine any time soon. That's why I rarely fake migraines in order to get out of work. I'm too afraid of the Migraine Distributer God person.


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Apr. 26th, 2001 06:04 pm (UTC)
No, wait, my mother. My mother used to get migraines. It was always uncomfortable for me to see her like that, all balled up and sometimes also throwing up. I understand what you mean (through the experience of viewing it happening to someone) about them not being just normal headaches.

Once I had to drive my sick throwing-up mother to a doctor so she could get one of those fancy migraine shots. She got better right quick, let me tell you. She told me later, though, that if you take the shots too often they stop being effective, which I think is a really shitty situation.

Mom somehow has learned to avoid certain foods and cut down on her migraines. I have no idea where she got the list, but I believe it includes tomato paste and mushrooms and chocolate, which means she can't enjoy a lot of her favorite foods anymore except in extreme moderation. No pizza, no chocolate-chip cookies.


Take away my pizza and my cookies and you might as well kill me.

Why did I write this?
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