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Out of commission

I’m on day three of a Migraine attack. It flirted around a bit on Wednesday morning and decided to move in a little after noon that day. I expected a migraine the day after election day–the deflation of all that pent-up stress and worry, the sudden rush of relief, and the election-themed shots at the bar that were such a good idea at the time.

What I didn’t expect was to continue feeling this way. I’ve been out of commission for days now! Last week it was a cold and slight fever–this week it’s migraine with slight fever. My Maxalt kicked in yesterday afternoon (day 2 of migraine) right before I went to babysit. After babysitting, I had plans to drive up to Greenville to see some friends play music, and I was pleased to still feel happy and excited about this. The Maxalt had finally kicked my migraine’s butt. On the way home from the show, the left side of my face started to feel pinched and a bit numb; my vision dulled a bit. The migraine was coming back.

I woke up today with a very heavy head. Tried to rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and have plenty of liquids along with my daily herbal meds. I’d taken my triptan two days in a row (twice on Wednesday; once on Thursday), so that plan was out. Perhaps some no-impact exercise would help and would me to avoid having to take my rescue meds! I headed to the YMCA and swam laps for awhile. The water felt great, and moving around in the water distracted me from the pain a bit. Unfortunately, the visit was not an entire success: the goggles were painful to wear around my seemingly swollen head, and the water pressure wasn’t doing my sinuses any favors. Afterward, my ears were killing me–I’ve always been sensitive to water pressure, but in recent years I’ve gotten earaches after swimming even if I’ve not gone too deep. After my YMCA adventure, I was definitely worse for the wear.

I drove home with blurry eyes and took some Lortab after all. Now I feel unpleasantly loopy, tired, and out of it. Have a big translation assignment due tomorrow that I put off at first because of my mom’s visit (and the election excitement); now I’m putting it off because I am in such discomfort. I hate feeling like a slacker despite my knowing that I’m physically and mentally unable to do my best (and speediest) work right now. Still I feel bad.

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  • Barbara Pennington
    7 years ago

    My migraines are debilitating at times even for days at a time. I have a headache all the time dull one. I have had migraines for years. I have use different pain meds somethine they help and somethimes they don’t. My daughter has them to almost every day, but she runs a fever with hers, which is scarey. So far there has not been much help foreither one of us. Dose anyone know what kind of a doctor to see and what kind of test they may run. Especially with a fever of 100 to 102.

  • themigrainegirl
    10 years ago

    I’ve never been checked for chiari malformation, no. I do have a doctor’s appointment next month at a local hospital’s Mind-Body Institute. The appointment will involve me talking one-on-one with a very well-respected doctor for over an hour. No joke! I hope I’ll get to tell him ALL my issues then and see what we come up with. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    have you ever been checked for Chiari Malformation

  • Myth
    10 years ago

    I know how you feel. I got sinititis, badly, sick for a month. Got into my chest. Just nasty. Throw in days of migraines and it was even worse, since my best migraine killer is an asthma issue, and so can’t be taking it when I have a cold from hell. Migraines drain a person fast when they hit the three day mark. You have to fight them as aggressively as possible. But anything else thrown in there, makes the whole thing worse.

  • Megan Oltman
    10 years ago

    Janet I hope you’re starting to feel better! I couldn’t sleep for two days around the election with excitement and anxiety, and triggered a two day Migraine and 6 day ibs flare-up. Kind of had a feeling it would happen and it did – for me, I said if Obama won it would be worth it. We just can’t control these nervous systems of ours. I do wish I had a better way of celebrating, though!

  • Mindy
    10 years ago

    I completely understand. I’m a mom of three in my early 30’s and fight off migraines everyday. I’ve had them since I was about 10. I’ve starting a blog too, it is
    Hopefully we can bring more awareness.

  • Julie
    10 years ago

    Try not to feel bad-you’re not a slacker. Everyone knows you are doing the best you can. Just keep trying to take care of yourself. I wish I could help somehow!!
    Love, Corliss Phillabaum (an old classic)

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