Beware the Tweezers!

For today, a rather shallow post that deals with something I thought only applied to me—that is, until I talked to some friends who said they had the same fear! It’s either that or we’re exceptionally lazy when it comes to grooming.

On with the tale…

Migraine is such a huge part of my life that sometimes I don’t even notice how out of control its power over me can get. I know, I know—that sounds contradictory and impossible, but hear me out.

A few days ago, I noticed—not for the first time—that my eyebrows are OUT OF CONTROL. Like, growing everywhere. I’m all for keeping your natural shape and not over-grooming, but when there are dark brown hairs making their presence very obvious between your eyes, it’s probably time to bust out the tweezers and pluck away.

I reached for the tweezers, plucked one wayward eyebrow hair out, and, after sneezing (for I always sneeze when I pluck my eyebrows—go figure), I thought, “Oh no! What if I trigger a migraine?” This seemingly irrational fear is seated in a bevy of prior experiences, experiences in which I triggered a migraine doing something relatively inconsequential or controllable. Like when I don’t pay enough attention to how I’m leaning into the car to fetch my purse and slam my head on the door frame (ow), or when I misused my neti pot that one time and got all sorts of liquid and grossness backed up in my sinus. Both of these careless moves resulted in a migraine, and now I’m occasionally nervous to do the most basic things for fear that I’ll trigger an attack. This fear is especially prevalent when I’ve been having a rough week (or month) with migraine.

After my sneeze I put the tweezers down and decided to rock my natural style a few more days.

Do you ever feel as if your migraine has a strong hold on you even when you’re feeling healthy? That you amend your habits a little too much, worried you might trigger an attack?

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  • Marietta Johnson
    8 years ago

    I was noticing this same type of thing myself recently… April was a REALLY bad month for me! I am in dire need of a haircut, my brows look like a really long caterpillar on my head… on my “good” days, I don’t want to deal with it all, and on my migraine days, there is no way I would try to get a haircut or do that tweeze thing… Could probably list other things that I avoid too, but…

  • Kim Sterns Lien
    8 years ago

    I’m with Teena how I wish there was a cure! There is a lot of things I don’t do because I’m afraid of getting a Migraine evening working. And everyone needs a job what do you do.

  • Sally Colby Scholle
    8 years ago

    Interesting. I don’t tweeze because it makes me sneeze (really!), so I have my brows waxed when I get a haircut every 4-5 weeks. Over the years, I noticed that I end up with a migraine almost every time I go for wax/haircut. I always blamed it on the flickering fluorescent lights but now I guess it might be the waxing procedure…or the combo…..hmmm….

  • Julie Zastrow
    8 years ago

    Same here…fear doing things or going places because of the “what if it triggers a migraine”. I now avoid bars (strobbing lights, loud music, too many people), rarely will I drink any alcohol, will not go anywhere where bleach or chlorine is used…afraid to cut my lawn, use certian cleaners…aarrgghhh it sucks! But I do what I have to around my house and work and just deal with the headaches/migraines.

  • Mark Johnson
    8 years ago

    Yup yup!

  • Julie Zastrow
    8 years ago

    Mark Johnson that sucks 🙁 I know how bad those are for you too 🙁 Hang in the bud we will get thru all this icky stuff right?!?!

  • Mark Johnson
    8 years ago

    I’m the same, only panic attacks instead of migraines. 🙁

  • Monica Coleman
    8 years ago

    When you worry too much or get stressed out and blow up like a blowfish, you just created a tension migraine that escalates into a 360 migraine…u know the one..the high powered power drill in your brain has to rotate and come full circle before you get relief. How to control…tune into yourself and know what your triggers are. I keep everything in moderation. Get lots of oxygen in (walking), Kill drama in life off at the knees, reduce stress by taking alot of vitamin B’s (complex of all the b’s) and keep my Excederin Migraine Jar (AKA American Express Card for Migraine Suffers) within in reach. One at the office, one in the car, one in the cupboard and one in the purse…just say’n. The only trigger I can’t overcome is the barometer change. That requires a early wake up at 3a pop a couple exderine grab the knee ice wrap from the freezer (fits around the head real nice) and go back to bed. If the nausea will not go away…I will tickle my gap reflex to get relief on some occasions. Beats dealing with the urge to vomit and a high fever for 5-6 hrs.

  • Janelle Gregory
    8 years ago

    I worry about what the next trigger for my migraine will be, too.

  • Jaylene Ancheta
    8 years ago

    Yes, this happens to me to even though I try not to let it. These days it seems like I’m just full of phobias. Some days I’m brave and won’t let anything stop me, other days everything does.

  • Marietta Johnson
    8 years ago

    yes, there are days when I am brave enough to get out there and do things, other days that I just won’t even go to the grocery store for fear that the awful lights trigger a migraine and I am unable to drive myself home…

  • Gary Turpin
    8 years ago

    Sometimes it’s not until after the headache is in full strength that I remember Oh yeah I got something in the mail on Friday and I’m not able to take care of it until Monday sheesh. So now I don’t get the mail on Friday, I just wait until Monday.

  • Val Milo
    8 years ago

    Always.

  • Teena Riley-Braun
    8 years ago

    I thought I was just being paranoid but I guess I’m not, I;m exactly the same…Its not easy living in fear of another bad migraine, oh how I wish they would find a cure 🙂

  • Robin Wilburn Rains
    8 years ago

    Read this

  • lizzie
    8 years ago

    I can’t use my electric toothbrush when I have migraine – it rattles my head!

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