If I consider a mindbender headache to be any mental inconvenience lasting over thirty minutes, did I have one the other day that was caused by too much fatigue for a stretch of just under thirty minutes? In my Days Since Last Headache journal, I don’t count that as a headache, but since we’re concluding these essays about headaches with scope, it makes me wonder if something like that would be considered a headache, overall.
The tough-as-nails colleagues I’ve worked with over the years have overall been the nicest. They may be gruff but that’s their exterior. My eyes have been bothering me at work although I haven’t strictly had a mindbender headache as I define it – an uncontrollable, unceasing headache lasting for more than thirty minutes – but I still was asked, “how’s the head?” It was just minor eye strain, and replied as such, but it was still nice.
On my drive into work the other day, I had about fifteen seconds as I was within a few minutes of the parking lot, where my forehead and back of my head lit up briefly as though I had a headache coming on. I caught it quickly enough to focus on my posture, stretch my muscles, and otherwise iron out whatever kink had caused my head to ache. Would that event count as a headache?
I wonder if I became disinterested in watching movies because my spine was subtly distracting me from watching what would otherwise be alright but somewhat boring media? I have noticed, as I think of how I will sit in chairs to recline, that I’m not well-disciplined in good back posture. I’ve been practicing good standing posture of not leaning on one side, hip, or foot. Sitting? That’s something I’ll have to practice, maybe during movies?
I haven’t had a headache in over a week, I’ve been back from medical leave for longer, and I’m getting bored of the topic of writing about health issues. I have a list of the last three essays I want to write to conclude this series I’m calling Tripping On The American Healthcare System, otherwise, I can’t think of much else to write. I guess that means I’ve soaked in as much as I could?
I am approaching seven years of sobriety. It hasn’t been easy. It has been rewarding for myriad reasons, part of which includes learning to practice developing my patience and extending my fuse so I am less prone to reacting immediately in anger. The thing that has helped me out the most through all of this is giving myself mental buffers. If I encounter a situation like a stressful email, I may re-read it several times.
Although Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., has a target audience of headache sufferers, I think it should be read by treaters of headaches – doctors – as well. Although many of the aspects of the book can be proactively applied by anyone that suffers headaches on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, the information in this book could cut down on patient misdiagnoses and other preventable situations. If only I’d known about this book sooner…
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What’s in the name of a headache? A tension headache is different than a sinus headache is different than an eye-strain headache with visual aura is different than a cervicogenic headache, right? In Heal Your Headache, David Buchholz, M.D., says that all of these sorts of headaches derive from the same place – migraine – and so if we only treat one aspect of the whole, we miss the root cause, and end up with incomplete treatment.
As long as I’m working in Corporate America, I’ll need to take medical limiters to prevent the stress of working from overwhelming me to the point of headaches. There’s a sour irony in working high-stress jobs to get the insurance necessary to pay a discount for medication that is required to continue working high-stress jobs. I could go without, but then, why lower my body’s trigger-point for headaches? It’s a vicious cycle, but it’s common.
It was coincidental that I started this Tripping On The American Healthcare System essay-series-turned-book as an offshoot of the Sober Living essays I’ve been writing for years now. That’s my complaining space. As I’m reading more of Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., I’m seeing some of the medications I was prescribed. Sumatriptan and Ondansetron weren’t just random medications. They’re actually commonly prescribed for headache-sufferers, so writing my “trip reports” can actually be useful.