Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Tension Headaches!!!

I went home early from work today. Thankfully, I got all my work done, but believe me, I would have much rather stayed there then dealt with another one of my stupid tension headaches.

I've been suffering from headaches since the early days of college. I think it stems from a whiplash injury I had during a volleyball practice my freshman year of high school. Whatever the cause is, I've pretty much exhausted the over-the-counter medications. My body has literally become immune to most everything out there. Tylenol? Forget it. Might as well pop a few sugar pills as well as that works. Excedrin Migraine and Tension Headache formulas? Nope. Not even a glimmer.

I've found that alternating between aspirin and ibuprofen seems to work the best. But I cringe to think what my stomach lining looks like. I'm surprised I haven't developed ulcers from popping too many pills. And I hate it. After my car wreck in February of 2004, I went to the chiropractor for two months and had intense deep massage therapy. And you know what? THAT didn't even work. I remember going to the massage therapist one day when I had an absolute killer headache, hoping to get some relief. Nothing!

What is wrong with this body, I wonder? My neck is always so darn tight that it literally hurts to touch it at certain points.

I took a three hour nap this afternoon and woke up to the same pain. Ridiculous. Maybe my lack of sugar lately has contributed to this one, but I don't think so.

Will I still work on my manuscript? Oh heavens, I hope so. But I still have to go get my daughter's birthday present - she was very specific into Wal-Mart the other day and pointed out EXACTLY what she wanted. If I don't get it for her, there will be heck to pay later. :-) Anyway, I have to wait for hubby to get off work before I can go to the store and it's already nearly 7 p.m. I just hate to wreck my writing flow over a stupid headache. But sometimes, there's nothing you can do but lay on the couch and think of absolutely nothing.


  1. Sorry you have so many headache problems. I do too, between tension and sinuses. The only thing that works for my tension headaches (which occur at the base of my skull, don't know if tension headaches can strike other areas or not) is putting the whirlpool jet in my bathtub on it for a good ten minutes. Hope you find some kind of relief soon! I struggle to write a word when I have a headache.

  2. Thanks, Amy. Sorry to hear you suffer from these awful things, too. I'm finally feeling better, though, and it's nearly 10 p.m.! I didn't get any writing done and I still have to wrap my daughter's presents...sigh...well, that means I have two more chances this week to fulfill my four days, one hour a day, goal. :-)

  3. Sorry to hear your down with a headache, sounds awful, especially when the medicine available doesn't even put a dent in it. Have you tried any homeopathic remedies, or acupuncture to see if that works? My friend had some medical difficulties that conventional medicine wasn't helping and after she exhausted all those, she turned to a homeopath (is that the right term?) as a last resort, being very skeptical, but also very desperate. She had great success and turned into a true believer that modern medicine doesn't always trump ancient herbal remedies. Might be worth a try if you haven't already. Hope you feel better!

  4. Kelly -
    I've done the acupuncture route and had lots of deep tissue massages. I often find myself tensing my shoulders, so I think a lot of it is learning how to relax. But when you sit at a desk all day writing, it's hard to remember to do those little things. Thanks for the good thoughts. :)

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