An update for the past two weeks.

So after my last post I realised a few things.

  1. I had been suffering with a sinus cold which was contributing to my headaches
  2. I had also been suffering with a lot of tension in my shoulders and neck which lead to tension headaches.
  3. The tension headaches had been triggering migraines every few days.
  4. I think the tension is caused by the initial migraines.

So after I looked after the tension, courtesy of a very deep massage and my body started to get rid of the sinus cold, I started to feel better.  It wasn’t easy and ended up with about 18+ days straight (at my last count, I kind of gave up) of headaches an migraines. By Saturday 4th April I was coming out the other side but still a little fragile.

Since then (as expected with my cycle) I’ve enjoyed some relatively happy, pain free days.  I’ve had a few minor ‘warning’ headaches, one on Saturday 11th April which required a couple of aspirin in the morning, some self massage and use of a tennis ball to release tension in my neck and shoulders, and two aspirin and a glass of diet coke in the evening.

Last night I went to bed and woke back up quickly.  I realised that my head felt like an electrical storm again, not real pain but a pre-cursor to it along with some sensitivity at the back of my head.  I took two aspirin before going back to sleep and it enabled me to sleep through the night.

I’ve got two or three days before my next cycle starts so I’m expecting more headaches and migraines.  I have booked in for another massage on the 22nd which should be a week or so into my next cycle and the point at which the hormonal migraines stop and the loop of tension headaches and tension triggered migraines start.  This is a working theory.

If I find that massage does help at this point in my cycle it does make me wonder about botox.  I think the NHS guidelines state that you need to have tried at least 3 preventatives before they will refer you for botox.  I’m not keen on the idea of anti-epileptic or anti-depressant drugs, especially if I’m only using them to get to the treatment that I think will work.

I will try and continue to update my migraine diary over the next two weeks and see what affect the massage treatment has.

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Tension headache to migraine vicious circle. 

Tuesday wasn’t a bad day, I had a dull pain the needed aspirin but nothing further. I felt like I had a tension headache which I think had been caused by days on days of pain. 

I was careful to sleep on my side on Tuesday, the back of my head is so tender from all the migraines and headaches that putting any more pressure on it felt like it might trigger another. 

I woke on Wednesday conscious of the tension in my neck/shoulders. I was careful to go gently, i have a massage booked in for the evening so I just need to get through until then. 

All was going fine until about 3pm when I migraine kicked in and escalated very quickly (by my standards) by 4:30 I needed to go home. 

I feel like I get tension headaches because I have migraines and then I get a migraine triggered from my tension headache. I wonder if the botox route would be any good for this? 

Anyway, I took two aspirin earlier, it’s definitely time for a frovatriptan then a massage later on. I hope it helps. 

A good day

So today has been a good day. I slept soundly last night having taken a couple of aspirin before bed to ward off the storm clouds in my head rumbling in the distance. 

I woke up slowly… Imagine that one eye at a time waking that you do when expecting a hangover.  I slept on my side last night, on a soft pillow. Did this help? 

Anyway around 11:30 when the frovatriptan was wearing off the warning distant thunder started in my head. I took two aspirin before it escalated and continued on with my day. 

So today I’m into my fertile window and probably nearing ovulation. I wonder if that has anything to do with it? I keep meaning to buy an ovulation test kit to see. 

Let’s keep fingers crossed to see what happens tomorrow. 

Trying to recover 

So it’s clear my attempt to go without painkillers backfired a little. I woke this morning in pain. I say woke, I was aware of the pain at points through the night. I took some aspirin on waking then picked up a new frovatriptan prescription. 

As it has been 2 full weeks of pain I asked the pharmacist if there was anything else I could do to kill this migraine loop. The pharmacist simply spoke about prophylactic treatments. Not really what I was after. I know they say that people use GPs and A&E too much, but really what else am I to do?

I took a frova just before midday then some more aspirin. By mid afternoon I had stopped wincing in pain, although it’s still there. Just not as fierce. 

I’ve spent my whole weekend in pain, just as I did last weekend. Not looking forward to work. 

Broken

I struggled through the day in pain. Trying to stay away from painkillers. Completely ineffective at anything, even a jigsaw puzzle was too taxing. Eventually my husband found me crying in the kitchen and we agreed that a dose of aspirin and a small diet coke might just take the edge off. 

The pain focused in my left eye socket with a throbbing hot poker adding insult to injury. The back and sides of my head also sore to touch. 

I need to try and agree how to tackle my migraines whilst we are trying for a baby. I don’t know how I can survive like this, certainly not in the office. 

Locked in a loop

I feel like I’m locked in to this cycle of pain. I don’t know whether I should take pain killers and ride it out or go without. 

It pretty much always gets to this after my period. I get desperate to make the pain end and find articles like these intersting. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/up-in-smoke-cannabis-gave-me-my-life-back-2041640.html

A bizarre method of getting out of this long term pain loop can be to get a little drunk, after which I will have a massive hangover headache which I can medicate then it seems to clear the day after. 

I’m not sure why this works but it seems to fit my theory that my head is locked in a pain loop and I need to do something to interrupt it… Give it something to really moan about (the hangover) and it will stop the other headaches/migraines. 

I’m using the term headaches/migraines as I really couldn’t classify it. It’s just pain, it interrups my sleep, my work and my happiness. 

I may try and go without painkillers today. What a fun way to spend a weekend. My husband and I are going to start trying for a baby so the getting drunk solution doesn’t feel right. 

Who knows how I’ll get out of this loop. 

10 days without respite 

I thought I was through it. I woke up in pain again, really snotty nose as I went about my morning which improved after a while. The pain started at the back of my head and crept around front. 

I took some asprin and things improved and my mood lifted a little. I thought I was coming out of this cycle. 

By evening my feet were cold and the pain started back again. Throbbing at the back of my head and pain around my sinuses. 

I wonder what is causing this pain. I’m now 7 days into my cycle. I haven’t been without a headache for 10 days. It’s miserable.