November 10, 2006

Headaches

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It’s that time of year again. Whether it’s leaf mold or some other allergen or a weather front, it’s sinus headache time. Thursday night I woke up with a nasty headache: the type that sits behind your eyes and pounds. It was aggrevated by sleeping at a funky angle.

The headache lingered into this morning and worsened as the day went on. Some sinus headaches have migraine-like symptoms, including light and sound sensitivity. Now mix in some tension from shoulder and neck, and you’ve got a real winner. I had all of the lights turned off in my office. I couldn’t read the monitor because it hurt to focus on it. Walking into the office kitchen was blinding from the light reflected off of the white stove.

I am sensitive to some medications, especially decongestants and antihistamines. I can’t take anything with pseudoephedrine in it (like Sudafed) because it makes me wired. Other sinus headache medicines have the same effect or worse. Twice over the past year I’ve had to go home early because I took a partial dose of a different decongestant out of desparation to get rid of headaches that regular pain killers won’t touch.

I was useless at work. Completely useless. I left about 2:00 in the afternoon and claimed the entire day as a sick day. I slept almost 8 hours after I got home. The headache is still around, but much diminished.

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