Thursday, September 18, 2008

I am a Migraineur

I haven't been able to post regularly these past few days because I've been redoing my schedule (again). Ever since the hubby decided to tell me over and over again not to waste my "talent", I've been feeling guilty about not maximizing my time. So, now I sleep less (about 6 hours a night) and then I'm up and at 'em for the rest of the day. I know, some people would say "6 hours is ideal! or 6 hours is more than enough time to rest!". The thing is, get these head-splitting, brain-melting migraines if I have less than 6 hours of sleep or if those 6 hours are interrupted in any way. It's a terrible situation, really. Gone are the days of 2-hour a night sleep cramming for an exam or coming from a party. I actually never had these migraines until around 4 years ago. I don't know why I suddenly started having them. I also found out that I have cluster migraines. If I remember correctly, these are a series of migraines. How one can tell that a migraine has ended and another one begun, while having these pains, is beyond me. Anyway, I suffer from these too. And after asking doctor after doctor I've discovered that there is no real cure but you can identify the triggers to avoid getting one. And my triggers (at least the ones I;ve been able to identify) are:

1. lack of or interrupted sleep
2. stress
3. steamed peanuts
4. extreme heat

These days I've been good about avoiding the peanuts and the heat. But the other two are winning the war. Hence, reorganizing my schedule. Hopefulle I'll be able to slide in a slot for blogging. This helps with number 2. hehe.

For more interesting info about migraines, click here.


Ree said...

Ate Sarah gets migraines a lot too. She pretty much just has to sleep it off, nothing much else she can do either. She feels better if she throws up, sounds gross but works for her. Have you tried Imitrex? I heard that works for some people.

vicki said...

I have actually given up on meds for my migraines. Sometimes I take 2 500mg paracetamol tabs but not often. Sometimes this works, but usually only if this is followed by a shower and sleep. Otherwise, nada.

dreamwalker said...

Ahh Vicki, my fellow migraine sufferer :(

Instead of paracetamol, take mefenamic...or vicodin if you can find it, hehe.

vicki said...

Numi you druggie! hehehehe.

Sweetiepie said...

hi vicki,Thanks for dropping my blog.I had migraine ten years ago and now I am migraine free.Try to drink lots of plain water or green tea and stop taking the medicine cuz it won't help at all.It work to me.Hope that's help :)

vicki said...

Hi sweetiepie! The green tea sounds like an idea. I might try that. Thanks for the tip! Feel free to drop by again.

LadyinRed said...

Aha, another migraineur! I know exactly how you feel! I hated my doctor when she said there's not much she and I can do about it, and I hated her more because she told me to exercise! I don't like exercising, besides who has time? Right? Right? (or is it just me, my lazy-bum, myself :p)

vicki said...

hahahahaha ladyinred. I actually like exercising but I do agree that time is an issue. wish there were more hours in a day. =)