The streak is over

After 22(ish) days of no migraine, I had to take a Maxalt today. In recent weeks I’ve felt very heavy-headed and icky upon waking; when I move about the house and get ready for the day, the feeling dissipates and I start to feel a-okay. This morning my head felt heavier than it has in a while, and something just didn’t feel right. I made coffee and, after messing around the house for awhile, walked to meet some friends for lunch. To my surprise, my stomach was really upset within minutes of eating the meal. I hadn’t had anything on my forbidden list, so I was a bit confused.

After my post-lunch long walk, I returned home and felt that cool, airy pain beginning on the left side of my forehead. There’s a particular type of discomfort that accompanies my initial PMS symptoms, and this was it. “No way!” thought I, “I just had my period!” One look at a calendar showed me that my menstrual-related migraine was right on time. D’oh!

I took a Naproxen tablet in the hopes it could stave off the real migraine to come, but this afternoon I could feel the symptoms worsening and took my Maxalt. Now I feel airy and tired and a bit out of it–good ol’ Maxalt + PMS will do that every time.

I’m proud of my streak and not surprised that my period has helped trigger this migraine episode. I’ll deal. When my period’s over, maybe I can start a new tally and get higher than 22! And maybe not. Either way, I’m cool. I thought I’d be really disappointed and discouraged when the streak ended, but I’m not. I’m pretty confident I’ll have another pain-free stretch coming up soon.

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