Headaches


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My headaches only come in two flavors: Raging migraine, and annoyance.

Most of my headaches are due to sinus issues.  I’ve had them all my life, but only in my late 20s was the cause determined.  And of all people to make that determination, it was my optometrist who did it.  He also gave me the biggest help I’ve ever had in treating them, despite seeing doctors for more than 10 years about my head-pain prior to that.

Since then, I’ve been successfully controlling my headaches by properly handling my sinuses.  Except for a sinus infection once that really tore me up, I’ve been all right with my headaches and have treated them with over-the-counter medications for years.

When they hit raging migraine, I’m finished.  I have to drug up, find someplace where I can collapse with my head upright (not as easy as it sounds) and wait.  In quiet and dark.  (Again, not as easy as it sounds.)  If I clip it before that, I can knock ’em out pretty good.  Even my beloved one leaves the house armed to the teeth against these predatory cranial attackers on my behalf.

As I write this, I have a headache that’s in the “annoying” stage, but refuses to be dulled.  I’m ready to dive-bomb it with more OTCs, but the weather’s on the move here, and will be for the rest of the weekend.  Couple that with Earth hurtling toward the vernal equinox, and the change of seasons heralds a bad headache time of year.  (Spring is worst; summer next.  Autumn tends to be best, but this past autumn was a very poor headache season for me.)

I’ve become a connoisseur of headache pain in my four decades.  I can determine which ones are caused from muscle-tension, generally related to stress, which ones are sinusitis, and which are caffeine rebound-related.  Isn’t that nice?  I have the ability to distinguish headaches like others can distinguish fine wines.

What about you?  What are you a connoisseur of, an expert in, or an authority on?  (All of those sentences do, in fact, end in prepositions.)  You’re fantastic at something which seems weird to others, most likely — what is it?

Sound off, y’all!
-JDT-

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12 thoughts on “Headaches

  1. I have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of useless information. I can retain useless data. I’m the sort of person who would do well on a trivia gameshow. Other than that, I’m pretty much useless.

    Why don’t you go after Ken Jennings’s “Jeopardy!” crown? That geek won $2.5 million; why can’t you? Go for it!

  2. We share the headache connoiseurity. (Yes, I realize that’s not a word.) I’m so, so sorry you have a migraine! I’m having sympathy pains. It’s a hard thing, that’s for sure. I hope the kids are being quiet for you. It sucks when a migraine sneaks in despite your vigilance, but hopefully you’re on the downswing now, and by tomorrow you’ll feel right. Don’t reply to this. I don’t want you to tax your frontal lobe.

    Love and sympathy…

    Oh, thank you sweetie. I don’t have a headache NOW, though. I had one when I wrote the post, which was several days ago, but it wasn’t a migraine. But I do appreciate your sweetness.

    And you’re right. I taxed my lobes. I’m leaving now before I get a nosebleed. 😉

  3. IF it is a Migraine, pound a 20 oz. Mt. Dew. At a young age I was diagnosed with Migraines and have a few articles written about me in medical journals because of that. I was one of the first people to have a ct scan done for migraines. After all these years and being on different medications including anti-seizures I have found the best answer is a fast introduction of caffeine into the body.

    I treat mine that way too. I drink as much as I can handle as quickly as I can. I’ve also found Excedrin to the best headache medicine for my migraines when they’re beyond threshold because they have that magic ingredient too.

    As for weird expertise mine is military stuff like identifying aircraft and historical information. Primarily rooted in WWII.

    Interesting. There’s a lot of WWII buffs out there, and it’s fascinating stuff.

  4. Kenny is my hero. Maybe someday I’ll try out for Jeopardy. I was going to try out for Rock and Roll Jeopardy but the show ended before I had a chance.

    You should. Then I can bum money off you when you’re a millionaire. My wife really liked Ken too.

  5. Here I am, coming back for more, hahaha!

    Well anyway, it’s cool that you can determine your headache pains, I wish I can too as I have frequent headaches like you.

    I am an expert when it comes to the Pussycat Dolls. A lot of people may think it’s weird and will probably just laugh their heads off but I love them, mainly because of their style and their burlesque roots. Also the fact that I know things from Books to Pop Culture and I’ve mastered the art of… procrastinating. lol

    Also the fact that I’m immune to pretty much everything negative lol. And also… in failing subjects at school? lol

    Much Love,

    • And here I am, happy to have you back. 🙂

      Pussycat Dolls, eh? I’m going out on a limb and assuming that’s a … pop group? Singers, maybe? I’m old. Forgive a doddering old codger for not keeping up with pop culture. 🙂

      And I know LOTS of procrastination experts. But I am their undisputed KING. 😉

      • Yes, pop group indeed. Seems like you don’t watch TV much, huh? 😛 If you are the King, I’m one of your servants, then. I procrastinate but I get the job done. Err, poorly. Most of the time lol!

        Much Love,

        No, I don’t get out much. 🙂

  6. I’m a hellafast reader. I went through a 304 page book last night in just under three hours. Weird thing is that I can retain all that stuff, too.

    I was always the kid taking a test who was done WELL ahead of everyone else – anything from vocab tests to pop quizzes to ACTs. I quickly learned that my first answer was the right one and not to go back through and doubleguess my answers.

    Oh yeah, I can read the Jeopardy question and answer it before Alex ‘Your Mother’ Trebek even finishes asking it. I’m a trivia whiz, too. Ben refuses to play trivia games with me anymore.

    • “Hellafast” reader, eh? Well, I’m not too shabby, though I’ve lost a lot of the speed since I don’t practice my technique(s) anymore. But in a pinch I can jam. When I read just to read, though, I’m slower than I want to be.

      My natural, not skimming speed’s about 400 wpm.

      Trivia mistress, you should get together with WIGSF and rape Alex “Your Mother” (??) Trebek. 😉

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