Working 3rd shift takes a toll on your body, mind, and spirit.
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 Tylenol, Aspirin, and Caffeine (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
- 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
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 is 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
Fortunately, it has decreased, slightly. And as long as I maintain my head in a perfectly still position, the bowling ball stays put and 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.
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Husband to the Rescue?
I think I’m going to beg my dear husband to 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 doesn’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!
Update: I ended up having a pituitary tumor causing headaches. It had it removed and they resolved.
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