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incidentally I feel a little ill today. massive headache upon waking up did respond to advil but is back but I have advil with me so soon perhaps it will subside again but wtf.

at least my neck is not stiff so it couldn't be meningitis.

I've gotten headaches for as long as I can remember. not that everyone doesn't have a headache from time to time, but I get a lot of them. it has been pointed out to me that I haven't had my eyes examined in about five years and that this old prescription might have something to do with my current troubles but that wouldn't explain lying on the couch with a cold rag draped across my forehead when I was 11.

if one of the side effects listed for a medication is "headache," I will get one. it will often last several days. I can't call these migraines as they aren't completely debilitating and I don't have any other symptoms but man. my head hurts and that just colors the whole day.

today I also got motion sick on the bus which is somewhat unusual but not unheard of. I wonder if I'm fighting a GI bug.

in any case, taking BART to Berkeley to file an insurance claim seems contraindicted even though it's a sizable claim and I need the money. I'd be sick as a god by the time I got back. I wonder if I took a citycarshare car if traffic would be endurable. sometimes I get motion sick from my own driving. it's really annoying.

bleh. I don't think I'm doing any more work today in any case. their response papers will have to wait. I did everything else on my list.


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Dec. 7th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
I would stay put. Maybe even with that cold rag.
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Dec. 7th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
I was hoping you'd say that! no really, since you have experience with these things I thought maybe you'd have some insight as to what serial severe headaches might consist of.

I'll bring this up next doctor visit.
Dec. 8th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
nausea is also associated with migraine. that's the first thing i thought when you mentioned the motion sickness. are the headaches ever one-sided? one idea is to keep a headache diary of sorts, and try to track their frequency and any other symptoms even if you don't think they're related. if you're really ambitious you could track food/sleep in case there might be allergies associated with them. i would also google cluster headache.
Dec. 8th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
those are all good suggestions. I think I will keep a headache diary just to see if there are patterns.

my headaches are never one-sided; usually there is a wide band of pain wrapped around my skull from forehead to base and back around the other side.

will google. good idea.
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Dec. 8th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
well I'd venture any number of those. I have scoliosis that starts with a little twist right at the top of my spine; my headaches do sometimes seem to radiate from the top of my neck.

the serotonin thing shouldn't be a problem as I am on ssri's. of course I hear that too much serotonin can also cause headaches, but since these are lifelong I'm going to assume they are unrelated for now.

in any case when mine are at their worst it feels like sledgehammers are being pounded from both inside and outside just above each temple. if I move my head it feels like my brain is bouncing painfully off the sides of my skull.

pleasant, huh.
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