I don’t remember when I got my first migraine. I do know that I thought it was just a headache. Painful, but just a headache. After a couple of years, I finally realized I was having migraines, and around the same time every month. Somehow, it made it easier to deal with.
I have three “triggers:” hormones, low blood sugar and barometric pressure. Of those, one is completely within my control and the other is only an issue every 21 days. Thanks to the Weather Channel, I can usually get some warning on the third.
My beautiful BFF has debilitating migraines. That’s her neurologist’s term, not mine. Her knowledge of pharmacology is frightening. It’s probably more frightening that very little actually alleviates her pain. I can tell from her voice — just the “hello” when she answers the phone — if she’s got one. They can last for days and she gets them far too often.
I’m grateful that my headaches don’t have that kind of ferocity or frequency. Since my last pregnancy, I’ve suffered from far fewer migraines — and even those have been much shorter.
It stormed here overnight and was still storming when I woke up this morning. I could feel it in my face as soon as I woke up, that telltale pressure that immediately clued me in that I had a headache. Not a migraine, just a sinus headache. No big deal.
At least it wouldn’t have been had two other things not happened: the weather system that continued to move in and the fact that I FORGOT TO EAT. Seriously, who forgets to eat? Well … I slept in, rushed to get Mis L ready for school and out the door, then came home to work on a custom order while she was at preschool. I got so caught up in what I was doing that I ended up picking her up late from school (by about three minutes). By 2 p.m., when I finally ate, the damage had been done. The worst migraine I’ve had since 2003.
I can’t say that it wouldn’t have become worse, given this weather, but not eating sure didn’t help the situation. Honey has been very sweet but is annoyed with me for not taking better care of myself.
He’s got a point.