By Brian in TN
A thought occurred to me the other day that if I’m going to feel like I’m living a neverending hangover why shouldn’t I just give up and anesthetize myself with alcohol? And that got me thinking about my uncle Bob, who his friends and family recognized as a genius. He was a WWII combat pilot and then test pilot, started and ran several businesses (according to Kit Kar magazine designed and built the first Corvette replica at least a decade before anyone else) but always had problems because he drank on a daily basis. At one point he told my dad that “On good days we, he and his wife Barbara, drink a fifth of whiskey and on bad days a jug of wine.” I can’t get it out of my head that maybe he wasn’t a “functional alcoholic” as much as he may just been a migraineur with no access to proper medical care. An article I ran across says that “Ergot and ergonovine were used for migraines, but wartime shortages affected the supply.” I can’t find any reference about pilots being treated for migraines but I’m well aware that many pilots hid terrible medical problems just to stay in the air. My uncle passed many years ago, long before my migraines became chronic, and I don’t know any other veterans who are so open about their alcohol abuse. I brought this idea up with my mom, he was my dads brother, but she is convinced he was just an alcoholic. Do any of you have personal experience treating migraines with alcohol, or maybe you know someone who may be doing this right now? I’m going to be on the lookout for people with alcohol problems who are willing to sit down and discuss problems they may have that would indicate some of the lesser known symptoms of migraine. Considering the stigma of migraine now and how much worse it was 50 or 75 years ago, wouldn’t being labeled a “hard drinker” have been preferable? Would being known as a drunk really have been worse?