Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The headache that isn't.

Sometimes I disappear. We all do it. We get caught up in life and never find the time for sitting at the computer.

That's not what happened to me.

I had a headache for two weeks. A constant ache in my head that would increase in waves. B finally demanded that I see a doctor (back story: my mother died of a ruptured brain aneurysm after complaining about headaches - my complaints freak my entire family out). I've always had headaches. Once it was low iron. Recently I started taking magnesium (perhaps it's helped?). Anyway, my doctor didn't bother to see me - I saw his nurse instead. She told me that it sounds as though I have "classic tension headaches" and should take muscle relaxers. Um. No? Still breastfeeding two little guys. I'm not going to live on pain medication, thank you. So she gave me a referral to a physical therapist that I can't afford. Brilliant!

When I got home, B had me make an appointment for a massage therapist. This was Friday. My appointment was Monday afternoon. Let me say, first, that B has been amazing - rubbing my shoulders, trying to field the kids when I just want to lay down. So Monday comes and I go into the appointment without expecting much (I've had a massage before - it *hurt*). Mandy was amazing. When she was done I didn't get up so much as pour myself off the table. I've never felt so relaxed and at peace.

Of course, I can't afford to see her often, either. I'm hoping that we can find a way to afford every other month. Even if my neck and shoulders seize up again in another week and the massage didn't really fix it, it was so very good for my emotional well being. Seriously, it was.. bliss. It was calm. I always joke about not knowing how to relax. Only, it's not really a joke.

Okay, so this wasn't the post I was going to come back to blogland with. I was going to Yarn Along. And I still might - if I can manage to get things photographed. These past few weeks all I've done (besides moan and complain) is knit and read. Which leaves me piles of dishes and mountains of laundry. And more than a few unanswered emails.

But here I am. I'm back. And my head is wonderfully free of pain.


  1. My aunt suffers from migraines and spends days in a darkened room, unable to move. It sounds like the worst of sorry you've been ill. We forget how well we feel generally, until we're in pain...and then when we're well again, it's like a wave of sweetness washing over us. Bless you.

  2. Just a thought or an idea rather. With all the knitting you do you might try a stretch in the opposite direction. Roll up a couple towels nice and firm. Lay it on the floor with a pillow at one end. When you sit and lay down on it (the towels will run with your spine with your head on the pillow) it should help relax your shoulders and your neck. I hope that makes sense. I just learned this resting pose last week because my back was so tight...that can lead to my headaches. It might be something useful in between visits with the miracle worker :)

  3. I don't know how you feel about chriopratic medicine but I have alot of headaches (pregnancy and not) and it turns out a couple of times, what I thought was a tension headache, was actually my vertibrae in my neck misaligned.

    If its something you are willing to try, CHP covers it and its only 20 a visit.

  4. Hi, I agree with Patti and would also consider homeopathy. Hope it disappears for good xxx