Headache ll

March 11, 2012 § 33 Comments

Sorry, big family birthday and me being incredibly feeble, in and out of bed with this fucker that paracetamol just don’t seem to be able to crack.  A bit better now.  Up at least.

I don’t know why I have such a schtonker.  Perhaps because I have been away from my habitual latte for two days, but I wouldn’t have thought so.  It’s practically all milk, and I only have one.  It’s not as if I have a six a day Americano habit.  Just a mild and gentle latte.

I wonder if you can get a headache from disappointment, even if your expectations were rock bottom.  Probably not, but just a thought.

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§ 33 Responses to Headache ll

  • EmGee says:

    😦 Sorry the headache’s hanging on. Hope you’re feeling better soon. ❤

    • Joules says:

      P I suffer occasionally from migraines – often stress related. Though I do also suffer from lack of caffeine but my daily cuppa is more espresso than latte.
      There are very good over the counter migraine pain relievers now available and they have meant that I have avoided ending up on the bathroom floor with headaches for the past few years, in the face of some pretty stressful times. Go to you local chemist and ask for some – I use Migraleve but I think there are others.
      I get warning signs regarding halos around lights when I am about to get one so can take something before it really begins.
      Good luck with getting rid of it.

      Even worse my sister (married but not smug) gets something called cluster headaches. These used to be thought to only affect men but it appears that medical science has caught up with the real world and they now agree that women can get them. They are periodic, very severe headaches that require trips to the emergency room to be given VERY strong pain killers. My sister’s come around every 18 – 24 months. And she managed to argue a case in November (she was lead counsel) being in the emergency room at 3 am and back in front of the judge at 9 in the morning – this went on for the last 2 weeks of the case. She won the case.

      Not sure what the take home message is from me here – does tend to look like “you need better drugs” but not sure that is such a good one.

  • Jane says:

    May be linked to your hormones- sounds weird, but I used to be at the mercy of 3 day killer headaches, which used to make me physically sick and render me totally useless, on the run up to the dread menopause.

    • RS says:

      Agree with you Jane on this (although not with the snide comment made in response to Lydia below). Hormones are the likely culprit rather than the withdrawing of a mild daily jolt of caffeine. Or perhaps the stress of the recent bad news for P has manifested itself physically a few days later.

      At any rate P, headaches are miserable when they render you incapable and don’t respond to medicine. I hope you are feeling better soon. Nothing like feeling really rotten to make us realize how damn good we feel on a day-to-day basis!

    • The Plankton says:

      Dread thought! I was feeling very nauseous too, and put it down to eating too much! But maybe you are right and I am menopausal. I had hoped it wouldn’t be quite yet… Px

      • Dawn says:

        Not to worry. Perimenopause goes on for years before the dread ‘change.’ It can cause all kinds of of mischief, migraines included.

        Again. Not to worry. Worse things happen at sea.

  • Lydia says:

    Poor plankton. I never get headaches but I can still sympathise.

    Mind you we need women to be robust and the kind of which we built the empire etc so anything to remove the risk of future headaches would be good. I don’t have any caffeine and I don’t drink and I suspect that is part of why I seem never to be ill.

    Try giving up all caffeine.

  • J says:

    P, I’m sorry that this headache is plaguing you.

    I get the occasional bad one. For me personally what works is an extra strength painkiller like Solpadeine Max (daytime) or Syndol (evenings, as slightly sedating) PLUS one of those cooling patches Boots sell for your forehead, I forget what they are called AND a long drink like Perrier with ice cubes as sometimes being dehydrated trips it all off, as does being tired or not haven eaten properly/regularly. For some reason crystallised ginger or ginger biscuits or trebor mints help me too. I would suggest talking to the nearest pharmacist tomorrow morning for some qualified advice if your head is no better, you know.

    By the way, just in case, the next time you are at your GP’s, ask for a blood pressure check. I have BP problems at the moment and have been told that this might cause the occasional headache.

    I don’t recommend that you try to draw some correlation between your disappointment and your headache. I think that you are going through a stressful time at the moment and that the disappointment has just contributed to it. If you start entertaining the idea that disappointments with men can make you feel unwell, you could accidentally set up some odd reflex in your mind which makes it happen, so I would try to separate these two things. I’m not sure why you have a headache, but I would advise nipping in the bud the idea that it is anything to do with being disappointed by a date; it’s much more likely to be hormonal, tiredness, dehydration, stress, something like that.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  • Elle says:

    Sorry that your headache hadn’t gone. Disappointment can cause all sorts of bodily pains. My theory is that disappointment, not hormones, are the cause of many menopausal symptoms. Middle-aged women have always encountered disappointment.

    If it doesn’t life in the next day try a nice neck and shoulder massage administered by a kind professional. Reiki isn’t for everyone but it can be helpful. You could always laugh at Lydia’s suggestions to cheer yourself up. I bet the men in her life love that she never gets headaches.

    Lastly, we can’t all be empire builders (empire building is rather passé and last millenium anyway) and there’s no shame in having a good cry once in a while. Life throws shit in our faces and tears can be useful for washing that shit away.

  • MissBates says:

    You are in physical pain and thus more vulnerable to falling prey to low spirits. So while it’s unlikely that disappointment caused the god-awful headache, it isn’t helping it, either. I do hope you wake up with a clear head tomorrow.

  • MissM says:

    You have my sympathy, headaches are never any fun. The trouble is that you need your head for everything, not like having a sore foot that you can leave raised on an ottoman while you continue to read, or write or whatever to distract you from the pain.

    I agree that many people carry their tension and stress in their neck and shoulders which leads to headaches, and that the cause is more likely to be to general stress than disappointment. Unless it is hormonal, which is something I had not heard about before. If headaches are really a symptom of menopause I am definitely not looking forward to that. I very much doubt it is the latte, the absence of just one a day is not enough to cause such a reaction.

    Hope you feel fighting fit again very soon.

  • june says:

    Poor P i sometimes have migranes but paracetomel normally sorts them. .

    Possibly you are premenapausal, i started mine at 41, went onHRT been on it ever since, slight break for hysterectomy but back on it and hopefully on it for ever, its best thing ever, my mum had very bad osteoporis, she basically crumbled away, and my cousin who had to stop it as had an embolism, now has osteoporis,,so i never want to stop it. I think reason im so healthy for my age is cause im on it, Maybe P you should have a hormonal test.

  • Jane Ferguson says:

    Well – imagine a life sans caffeine or booze – can’t do it really. Would be time to pull bed cover over head.

    Do hope that ongoing headache disappears soon, nothing worse than it outlasting every pill you take. I think J and Elle have great advice.

  • Brigitte says:

    Indeed, Hormone Replacement Therapy can do wonders for your well being. That is, if you do not smoke, are not prone to blood clots and there is no family history of breast cancer. If you suffer from none of the above, talk to your GP about it. It can also increase your sex drive. I went on HRT two weeks before I met my last boyfriend and I almost drove him into the ground. Poor guy, he was already stressed from the separation and being a middle aged guy, just couldn’t keep up with me. I exhausted him totally. I went off them since, but the sex drive hasn’t disappeared. This is not good for a plankton that is not getting any. So P., think before taking them. It doesn’t affect most women this way, but it does some.

    • MissM says:

      Eek, increasing the sex drive of someone not getting any in the first place does sound like a cruel joke by someone with a very perverse sense of humour.

    • Elle says:

      Brigitte, that HRT sounds hell, the poor man, I think we should be taking something to kill off our sex drives, not rev things up.

      Menopause, perimenopause and periscopemenopause (that’s when the gynaecologist looks at a middle-aged woman’s insides). It’s all very depressing but thankfully not everyone suffers.

      Cats and knitting start looking like fun and life can be very good.

      • MissM says:

        Well if all I have to look forward to in later life is cats and knitting, it makes sense to have my hormones adjusted so that I will also enjoy those things. Better to want what you have and all that. How long before that comes in pill form?

    • Jane says:

      @ Brigitte, in my experience and the same thing is currently happening to a close friend, raging hormones at perimenopause can generally ramp up your sex drive to quite overwhelmingly scary levels, without the HRT (and as you stopped the HRT and still had the raging sex drive, I think that fact is borne out) not much help if, as you say, there is nowhere to go with your desire. All I would say is..as I keep harping on….life is short, we pass this way but once, make the most of it and don’t have cause to look back and think ‘damn, I should have done more with what I had at that particular time’

  • rosie says:

    Hope the headache has gone, P, but if you’re feeling nauseous it could be a migraine. I get them and they are evil. There’s a moratorium on Syndol for some reason but Imagran are very good – you can get them over the counter, although you have to fill out a questionnaire and they cost nearly nine quid for two tablets.

  • Jane says:

    And before the hate mail starts, all I am saying is, from personal experience, (double underlined) the rampaging hormones do die down, to a point where you can function quite well with no sex for ….well to date, 2 and a bit years and counting. This is is probably good news but it doesn’t stop you looking back and regretting that your mid to late 40’s you didn’t make more of what you had. The unpalatable truth is, if you think that life is pants in your mid to late 40’s, it gets worse when you are in your 50’s. Shallow as it sounds, I didn’t realise how I took my modest good looks and ok figure for granted and how much it went to make my day to day life fun and manageable.

  • rosie says:

    My hormones haven’t raged for as long as I can remember, which is just as well seeing as there hasn’t been anyone to have sex with (apart from an unadvised night of ‘passion’ with a friend of a friend some two years ago) for as long as I can remember, either.

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