When a Headache Won’t Quit

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Working 3rd shift takes a toll on your body, mind, and spirit.

Old fart crossing sign

I need one of these

Today it decided to take a toll on my head. And by that I mean I woke up with the worst headache I have ever experienced. I don’t get them very often. I can think of maybe 10 times in entire life when I’ve had one. Five of them in the last couple of years. I guess it’s a true sign of hold old a fart I am becoming. It’s a good thing I still look like a teenager or else I might already be one foot in the grave. Bless this round baby face of mine for at least making me feel like I look youthful even if my old-farty ailments are starting to make me realize I’m more of an adult these days.

Tried the Usual Tricks

Since I had already tried Tylenlol, Asparin, and Cafffine (although it wasn’t a Coke specifically, which may have flawed my plan), I decided I would let Google render some aid to me.

Treating Your Own Headaches

You don’t necessarily need a doctor’s prescription to treat yourheadaches. Here are some ways you can find relief, withoutmedication:

  • Apply an ice pack to the painful area of your head. Try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck.
  • Take a warm bath or shower; take a nap; or take a walk.
  • Ask someone to rub your neck and back, or treat yourself to a massage.
  • Apply gentle, steady rotating pressure to the painful area of your head with your index finger and/or thumb. Maintain pressure for seven to 15 seconds, then release. Repeat as needed.
  • Rest, sit, or lie quietly in a low-lit room. Close your eyes and try to release the tension in your back, neck, and shoulders.
  • If you have excessive muscle contractions in the neck, physical therapy exercises performed daily are often helpful.
  • Via: http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/treating-headaches-yourself

Bowling Ball in My Head

Bowling Alley Headache

Like this, but the pins are in the front

It’s the most annoying sort of a headache. Basically any movement I make with my head feels like a bowling ball is bouncing off the back of forehead. Just that one spot. And even if I do not make any sudden movements there is still this lingering and nagging ache. It’s times like these when I understand why people go to the ER for a migraine. I have never been so close to doing just that.

Keeping My Head Still

ReSolve-Halo-System Halo Traction Brace Cervical Neck Brace Screws in Head

To Keep The Bowling Ball in Place

Fortunately it has decreased, slightly. And as long as I maintain my head in a perfectly still position, the bowling ball stays put an is only moderately uncomfortable. I feel like I need to put one of those harnesses that people wear when they have a neck injury. You know that thing that they screw in your skull and perch on your shoulders? Ah yes, google assists again: Halo Traction Brace.  I’m thinking that would actually be less uncomfortable than this beast of a headache I am facing.

Husband to the Rescue?

I think I’m going to beg my dear husband to go pick up some Ibuprofen or Excedrin and to give me a massage. Perhaps I should try the hot bath business it recommends. Any other tips you have would be great. I already tried a dark quiet room and it didn’t make a hill of beans of a different. Hopefully it will go away soon, but if it don’t I may just have to annoy some ER nurses. I know, not an emergency it can wait, but seriously this bowling ball has got to go!

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I suffer from migraines with aura every now and then...when those come there is really nothing to do but feel sorry for myself. When I get 'normal' headaches, which often happens, I need to first identify what it is caused by. if it's muscle stiffness, then a bath will help. If it's blocked sinuses, then I need to get them unblocked before I can treat the headache. After that, I take two tables of painkillers (paracetamol works for me), I take a shower with high water pressure - the jets of water on my head act as a sort of massage - and if it's evening, I just go to bed and sleep. In fact, if it's time to sleep I don't bother with medication, as usually sleeping for 6 hours will stop the headache completely. Does caffeine in the form of Coke really help? I used to think caffeine actually caused headaches.


Great tips! Thanks for sharing!!! I am lucky enough to not ever get more then the common minor headache. I really feel for those who get migraines ... eeek! I am hoping since I have never had one I won't ever get one?!

TheNerdyNurse moderator

@DenisePulis it helps when you're addicted to coca-cola, like me, and generally drink one daily. Caffine is just like nicotine or any other drug, when you are without it your body will crave it and a headache can often result.

You have given me some useful tricks to try the next time my head feels like its in a vice grip. That headache lasted about 2 days and was very motion sensitive. I am beyond thankful that these are not a common occurance for me.

TheNerdyNurse moderator

@skharmony Im on the same boat, which is why I think I'm such a pansy when I do get one.

I cannot imagine having to face them anymore often than occasionally. It would be debilitating to deal with that sort of pain on a semi-regular basis.