Sunday, April 27, 2008

Pain, Pain, Go Away!

I have had a headache for about a day and a half. I am going to begin journaling them so the next time I see my doctor, I can hopefully provide some helpful information in diagnosing and treating them.

It started about 1:30pm yesterday, and I had about 20 minutes before I had to start getting the kids ready for a birthday party, so I laid down in bed. I got up at 2pm with the boys, and by then my head was a full-fledged headache. I got the kids ready and we left for the party.

By 4pm, I could hardly stand to keep my eyes open because my head hurt so badly. But, the party wasn't over for another hour so I didn't have much of a choice. I drank a can of Coke thinking the caffeine would help, and munched on some veggies to keep from getting nauseous. By the time we left at 5pm, my headache consumed all of my thoughts. I had to drive 35 minutes across town to meet TJ since neither he nor the kids ate (the kids were too busy having fun at the party to care about eating, and TJ was coming home from his mom's). I also needed to go to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things for my science lesson on Monday.

We ate, although I didn't have much of an appetite, and thankfully TJ offered to take the boys to Wal-Mart so I could just drive back home with T.G. I did, and as soon as I got home at 7pm, I put her in the bath with me so I could rest my eyes. My head was still pounding, and Tylenol did not help. TJ came home with the boys and we got everyone ready for bed. I laid on the couch watching an old WWII movie (cheesy, I know, but I love to watch old war movies) and TJ did some stuff. We went to bed, but I couldn't sleep. I was so exhausted, but my head was hurting so badly I had difficulty getting my thoughts off my head and onto sleep. Finally I dozed off about midnight, but then awoke shortly thereafter by Ta. I dozed off again, and woke about 2am. I took more Tylenol and tried to get back to sleep. No luck. I got my pillow and laid on the couch (my bedroom was really hot for some reason!) thinking the cool air would help. It didn't. I succumbed to crying because of the pain and of course at that hour of the morning, negative thoughts filled my head. I considered waking TJ to tell him I was going to Urgent Care, but I didn't and about 3:30am I fell back to sleep. I slept on and off until about 7am when the boys woke me up.

My headache woke up with me.

I have been taking Tylenol every 4 hours but it's not helping. TJ was concerned earlier this afternoon but I assured him I am fine. I don't have slurred speech, numbness in my extremities, vision problems or anything like that. I just have a headache behind my left eye that radiates down into my teeth and jaw, and around to the back of my head. Hopefully I'll sleep better tonight and when I wake in the morning, the pain will be gone.

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jenn said...

I hope you're feeling better!

Laura said...

Honey, that sounds like a Migraine...and you'll need more than tylenol to battle that one. First, get you some Ibuprofen gelcaps...wait, are you pregnant? Hmmm...you'll need to talk to your doctor about it ASAP.

I hope it's better by now...next time, get someone to give you a massage. Cancel whatever you have to cancel, and take a nap as early in the headache as you possibly can.

Hope you can figure out what to do with the headaches!