Yesterday I was shot in the middle of my left eye with an uzi. Or at least that’s what it felt like. I woke up to feeling a twinge that I knew would more than likely turn into a really bad headache or migraine.
I’ve suffered from migraines since I was in elementary school. I believe I can thank my Father for this ailment – he gets them so badly, I remember my mom having to take him to the ER in the middle of the night for a shot of some magic meds to at least numb part of the pain.
I’ve been taking Midrin for years now. And it works most of the time. But every month, like clock-work lately, I’ve been getting the killer of all migraines about once a month and it lasts at least 4 days, only partially numbed by my Midrin. But when the medicine wears off it’s back to uzi-in-the-brain status.
Last week I saw Christine’s post about her Mirena. I actually had a date appointment set for my gynecologist last Friday so I was prepared to ask her about perhaps removing my IUD, thinking it may be the cause of these debilitating migraines every month during my period. She gave me a list of other things to try first, as I do like the IUD, other than these migraines. She also sent me home with some estrogen pills to take just during my period to combat the drop in my hormones. I’m starting those today. We’ll see if these pills will be my magic meds to help me ward off the war that goes on in my head once a month.
During this week of AF (Aunt Flow, period, menstrual cycle, whatever you want to call it) I get debilitated. The day before, I get very fuzzy in my head. A tad depressed. Tired and just very cloudy. Then sure enough within 24 hours I get a whopper of a migraine, with nausea, light sensitivity, and the throbbing head that wants me to go all Van Gogh and chop off my ear or punch out my left eyeball – where the pain usually starts.
So we’ll see if the estrogen pills help…oh lord, please let them help! In the meantime, while I wait and see (and I feel like I am standing in a mine field with my foot precariously just an inch from the detonator), I will do the following to combat this already heavy and hurtful head I have…
My way of dealing with a migraine:
-Take my medicine right away, at the first twitch of pain – if I catch it in time, I usually can deafen the pain – yesterday I had to take FOUR of these pills…which does a number on my body but the pain does get less
-Take a shower and turn the water hot, then cold then hot, then cold while running over my head
-Put an ice pack on my head and/or neck
-Lay down in a dark, quiet room…do you know HOW hard this is with kids running around? Damn near impossible.
-Cry – which only makes the pain worse but sometimes I just can’t help it.
If you suffer from migraines, what do you do to deal with the pain? Any ideas or help is greatly welcomed!