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I must be getting better at pain management, because I only just now became aware that this is the shaking, vomity level of headache.



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Aug. 21st, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
That or I'm right about how abysmally low my pain tolerance is.
Aug. 21st, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
for me, it bothers me that I get to the vomitly level of headache w/o noticing. if I were more aware of pain earlier, I could perhaps take something to ward it off *before* it required painkillers to fell an ox.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Yeah, that's not cool. I knew I had a headache but I was wilfully sort of ignoring it so I could get shit done until I realized how bad it was.
Aug. 21st, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
Migraines get a lot worse when your relax - which is why they tend to really escalate on your way home or when you stop thinking about other things. I get migraines too and they really suck!
Aug. 22nd, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
I am not sure if it was a migraine or not! From what people describe, it sounds like people who have migraines have so much worse pain than I would know how to cope with.

Do you happen to know why it seems like women get migraines so much more than men? Do men underreport? Some days it seems like every woman I know is trying 3489574 kinds of migraine medication.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Well, you're really asking three questions here, and I'll answer them in order:

1. I think it sounds like a migraine to me, but you can diagnose yourself: Migraines are most commonly a throbbing pain that matches your heartbeat, worse on weekends or when you get off work that is often only on one side of your head. Some people see flashing or zig-zaging lines before a migraine, and sometimes you can even have weird neurological stuff (blind in one eye, hemineglect, etc) which keeps the neurologists in the ER busy. You don't have to have weird neuro symptoms to have migraines, though. Coffee withdraw headaches have a very similar mechanism to migraines. People have different pain tolerances and report pain differently, and migraines can vary in pain and it also depends on how soon you take something to stop it. (I try to take tylenol before my migraine gets to screaming-level) Migraine is very common, maybe 50-60% of people will have at least one in a lifetime.

2. Women get migraines more often than men. This is true as sex issue, unrelated to gender. Why? I think it's something to do with inate hormonal differences in vasculature. We have smaller thinner arteries and veins, and everyone is always pretty safe blaming stuff on estrogens.

3. Women probably report migraines more often than men, probably due to the gender issue of women being more in contact with the healthcare profession. Our burden of reproductive ownership brings us to the doc more often, and while you're there, you might as well get treatment for headaches, and get them diagnosed.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
I thought maybe it was caffeine withdrawal, but when I had a diet coke it didn't help. But then maybe applying caffeine doesn't help.

I guess the next question is what is the difference between a migraine and a regular headache?
Aug. 24th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
Pfft. Regular. We in medicine label everything with names! The most common type of headache would be a "tension headache" which is usually bilateral, constant rather than throbbing and caused by stress, improving with rest and relaxation.

Other kind of headaches are cluster headache (these actually happen more often in men!) which are intensely sharp headaches occuring behind the eyes that feel like being stabbed for a few seconds, then completely gone. Sometimes occuring in clusters! They also are associated with watering of the eyes and nose, further the pain may also feel like it's in a band distribution around the top of the head.

I forgot to mention that it's migraines which are associated with nausea and vomiting, which I think you mentioned in regards to yours and that's why I think they're migraines even though you haven't mentioned any of the other aspects. Sorry, I have a problem leaving off important details sometimes... :P

On the subject of pain, though, I just found some aspergum in my cabinet that expired in 2001 and it definitely still cured my sore throat just now. Heh. (Though, one wonders why I would move to cleveland in 2003 assuming that's how it got there, with gum 2 years expired even then....)
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Aug. 22nd, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
I never have those in the house! Maybe a pork chop.
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