Head Games

You know I hate to complain, (!!!!!)

(!!!!!!!)

but I've had so many migraines this year it is unbelievable. I have gone back on Topamax, I have given up wine, I have taken that giant ax out of my head, and still, more migraines than ever.

I do not know what is causing them, obviously, because at this point I would do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get rid of them. I do not know how people go around with real things wrong with them. I know I say that whenever I go through one of these bouts of pain, but I always think of it. Those of you with fibromyalgia or cancer or some kind of chronic pain? My hat is off to you. Please ignore the hair under said hat. Seriously, do not know how you do it.

So, last night was a doozy, or a lulu, or a dolu, or whatever. I could not lie down, and I could not sit up, because both were nauseating and painful, so I kind of leaned on Marvin while he pressed on both of my temples, and all I could concentrate on doing was taking deep breaths so that I did not cry, because crying makes migraines worse.

Those of you who have read this blog for awhile do not need to guess at what happened next. Oh, yes, he did.

Marvin made his move.

Marvin is inexorably drawn to me whenever I am ill. When I had an emergency wisdom tooth removal? Made his move. When I got the runs after my stepsister's wedding and spent four hours in our hotel bathroom? He got all amorous. When I cut my head open on a succulent plant and had to go to the ER and had my head bandaged up in a turban? He could not have felt hotter and more bother-erd.

As per usual, I do not know what to tell you about Marvin. All he can say about it is, "Well, you're already lying down."

And speaking of dysfunction, you know how people always talk about their dogs–probably their golden Retrievers–and how said dogs are so sensitive to when they're feeling down, and they come right in and sit with them, and their pain is their dog's pain?

Yeah.

While I hunkered in my dark room last night, fending off old Casanova Marvin, I heard Tallulah in the living room, gleefully humping Winston, then after the lovin', she chewed on my White-Out pen like she likes to do, and it hurt too much for me to yell at her. Finally she tore into the bedroom.

"What everyone doing?!"

JUMP!

"Hey! That ice on mom head?" Licklicklicklicklick. "Refresh! We sleeping now? Let Lu make nest." scrape scrape scrape scrape scrape — "Give me blanket, mom. Why you moan?" — scrape. turn turn turn turn "Sighhhhhh." stretch. dig nails into mom's leg.  "Zzzzzzzz."

I'm thinking of signing her up to be a therapy dog. Because sensitive? Attuned?

So it was a fun night. And now I am dopey and out of it and I would literally trade heads with Dopey from the Seven Dwarfs if it meant no more migraines.

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This did always seem like something I'd do, actually. And who arches his brows?

Anyway. Sorry to be such a complain-y pants. The good news is, I will finish part one of my giant proofreading project today and I get to turn it in. I don't think I have told you I am working for my old workplace. It is for a different department but the person who recommended me was my old boss. So see how smart I was to not divulge everything about why I quit on this here blog?

I had to go there yesterday, to my old workplace, and I checked in with the security guard, and I said, "Hi, I'm June Gardens. I used to work here, and I freelance now with the WhogeldyWhoo Department." And he said, "Well, I know that. You're a good-looking woman. I remember all the good-looking women."

Honestly I could have kissed him flush on the mouth. Once you're 72 you hardly hear that stuff anymore.

Okay, off to finish my task for the WhogeldyWhoo Department. And try try try not to get another dang migraine.

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

99 thoughts on “Head Games”

  1. Whoever said men had a one-track mind…was right. Woman laying down? good time. Hotel room? must leave my mark. Woman getting out of shower, has to leave in 10 minutes. good time. Nice to know that Marvin is there for you in the good times and bad times.

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  2. Hulk (Who has a new friend from coaching girls basketball and no it is NOT one of the team members and who on here said that would happen?) says:

    We come after you, we get in trouble. We don’t notice you, we get in trouble.
    Yeah, men are the problem…

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  3. You mean, it’s not just my other half????? If they could just turn it off for once and engage the brain, it would be a nice change! (Can you tell~greatly annoyed with other half right now????)

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  4. I feel your pain with the migraines – I really do! Mine are coming more and more often as I get older, and I have finally figured out that they are hormonal. You could set a clock by the damn things. Or a calendar. Whatever. In addition to feeling like someone is stabbing me behind my eyes, I am also breaking out now like a teenager. No, worse! This is just not fair.
    Hope you feel better!

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  5. Have you seen a chiropractor? I have heard many times from different people that chiropractic therapy helped their migraines immensely. I’ve had only 1 or 2 migraines my whole life, so I can’t personally attest.
    However, I’ve just started going to a chiropractor for my lower back pain and am now wishing I had gone several years ago. I had thought about it, but just wasn’t sure that it wasn’t a bunch of hoop-de-doo. I mean, what? You flunked out of med school, so you thought you’d try cracking backs and necks? Sounds safe.
    But now I’m a total believer. My doc adjusted my lower back (which, it turns out, was starting to fuse with my lumbar parts and making my hips crooked…so, OW!) like I’ve been TRYING to do for about 4 years with twisting and stretching and such, but never could. And meds were only temporary and left me loopy. My relief was almost immediate with my very first visit, and I also started sleeping better, too, because I wasn’t in pain all night while trying to sleep, which has meant more energy during the day while dealing with kids and a husband with “needs”.
    He’s also adjusted my neck and my range of motion has increased quite a bit. I used to not be able to lie prone with my head turned to the left. I always had to go to the right. But now I can do both!
    I would still caution you to get good referrals, and make sure they take x-rays, evaluate them carefully and go over them with you before you let them touch you.
    There are quacks in every profession, so be your own advocate.

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  6. Yeah, I have seen quite a few chiropractors, and it did not help the migraines. Wish it had. Also have seen accupuncturists. Also did not help. Also tried biofeedback. And Botox. Crap.

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  7. Exactly! So your’s are the hormonal bitches too? I don’t even care about hot flashes and all that other stuff as long as the ice picks in my brain stop. Miserable, just miserable!
    Does the topomax work? I am taking maxalt, which works – but then the migraine will (often) come back the next day…it’s like it’s only a minor skirmish with the hormones, and the hormones always win. I need to get to the Dr. and try something else – I’ll ask about the topomax…

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  8. Oh, and too? As one of those chronic pain people? You’re fighting the pain. I know. Sounds stupid and counter-intuitive. When a wave of pain comes, you tense up making it worse. When you feel it coming, breathe deep into your stomach and release it slowly. It won’t make it go away, but it will lesson the severity. Breathe with it.
    I know, unsolicited. But I’m just trying to help. ;D
    And my Mom’s migraines were so severe when I was a child that she made me put a dozen or so pigtails in her hair so she could keep tension without having to hold her temples. That would get kinky Marv off your back. So to speak.
    Again. Unsolicited. Got it.

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  9. Oh, and too? As one of those chronic pain people? You’re fighting the pain. I know. Sounds stupid and counter-intuitive. When a wave of pain comes, you tense up making it worse. When you feel it coming, breathe deep into your stomach and release it slowly. It won’t make it go away, but it will lesson the severity. Breathe with it.
    I know, unsolicited. But I’m just trying to help. ;D
    And my Mom’s migraines were so severe when I was a child that she made me put a dozen or so pigtails in her hair so she could keep tension without having to hold her temples. That would get kinky Marv off your back. So to speak.
    Again. Unsolicited. Got it.

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  10. Oh, and too? As one of those chronic pain people? You’re fighting the pain. I know. Sounds stupid and counter-intuitive. When a wave of pain comes, you tense up making it worse. When you feel it coming, breathe deep into your stomach and release it slowly. It won’t make it go away, but it will lesson the severity. Breathe with it.
    I know, unsolicited. But I’m just trying to help. ;D
    And my Mom’s migraines were so severe when I was a child that she made me put a dozen or so pigtails in her hair so she could keep tension without having to hold her temples. That would get kinky Marv off your back. So to speak.
    Again. Unsolicited. Got it.

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  11. Have you tried any alternative medicine for your poor noggin?
    One of my sons began having seizures at age three and was healed with the help of two awesome people: our osteopath, who discovered that his cranial plates had started to fuse (corrected with osteopathic treatment) and our homeopath. Homeopathic treatment made a huge difference.

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  12. I’m so sorry. I have had slight migraines before and they are just awful.
    Maybe it’s all this proof reading, when was the last time you had your eyes checked?
    Just trying to help, I like fun spunky June!

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  13. The Topamax worked last time I was on it, but this time it isnt at all. Have been on it less than a month, tho. Keep in mind you will be Jethro Bodeen; it makes you stupid. But WHO CARES? And yes, I too get a migraine the next day after I take meds. So its like hmmm. Migraine today or tomorrow?

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  14. Yes, Susanne. Craniosacral therapy, accupuncture, chiropractor, biofeedback, acupressure, massage. The only thing that worked for awhile was good old American drugs and now those are turning on me.

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  15. No, I appreciate it, Furry. I DO tense up. And for some reason when I relax the nausea gets worse. As soon as I start to fall asleep its the nausea that wakes me up. Honestly I want to stick my head in the oven sometimes. I know Im being a drama queen and my life could be a million times worse but Jesus it really sucks when you are in this cycle. I will try the breathing and will take any advice I can get. I will even take adVISE, Hulk.

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  16. Marvin is a hound dog. When I get migraines, I can’t stand for anyone to even be in the room. Their breathing is too loud and I can smell them. OUT.
    Maybe the headaches will lessen as you get older? I used to get migraines much more frequently than I do now. Ooooooooh, wait. If they were hormonal, well, you all know what I did with my whore of a uterus. But I still have the twins, so I still have hormones. I guess? I don’t know, I’m not a vaginacologist here.

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  17. Marvin is a hound dog. When I get migraines, I can’t stand for anyone to even be in the room. Their breathing is too loud and I can smell them. OUT.
    Maybe the headaches will lessen as you get older? I used to get migraines much more frequently than I do now. Ooooooooh, wait. If they were hormonal, well, you all know what I did with my whore of a uterus. But I still have the twins, so I still have hormones. I guess? I don’t know, I’m not a vaginacologist here.

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  18. Marvin is a hound dog. When I get migraines, I can’t stand for anyone to even be in the room. Their breathing is too loud and I can smell them. OUT.
    Maybe the headaches will lessen as you get older? I used to get migraines much more frequently than I do now. Ooooooooh, wait. If they were hormonal, well, you all know what I did with my whore of a uterus. But I still have the twins, so I still have hormones. I guess? I don’t know, I’m not a vaginacologist here.

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  19. Oh, I know I’m gonna hate those hot flashes when they get here….but seriously ya’ll – these migraines are a BITCH! They’re just there, all the time. And June, the maxalt makes me stupid too – I feel like my head is stuffed with cotton afterwards. So even though the ice picks have stopped poking me, I’m still not normal. It’s like you just lose two days of your life because you can’t do ANYTHING when those suckers are attacking you.

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  20. Just had my eyes checked, but I am sure this much work does not help at all, as it is tense and I get tense and I should have a job kissing cats on the head and being Barry Gibbs wife. His other wife has had the job for 40 years. TIme to step down, sister, is what I say.

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  21. Hi June. My sister had really, really bad migraines too, and it was hormonal. She did whatever Suzanne Summers did…you know Chrissy from 3’s Company? The ditz-y one? She recommends some kind of pharmacy that analyzes your blood and replaces exactly the hormones that are lacking. Guess what? No more migraines. Hope you find what works for you. Migraines are debilitating.

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  22. I had at least one migraine per month from the time I was about 11-12 years old (first period) until I had a hysterectomy (ovaries out) in my early 30s. SERIOUSLY. So mine were definitely hormonal in nature. I used to leave BRUISES on my own damned head from kneading my temples so hard. I had decent results with Maxalt, wherein “decent” = sleep until I didn’t want to die and wake up feeling marginally better.

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  23. June, I’m so sorry your migraines are worse than ever. Mine too, for some reason. Of course there is no “reason”, but I’m always trying to figure it out. Menopause? Bring it on! My neurologist and GYN swear it won’t make a difference, I’m counting on them being wrong! I could care less about any of the side effects associated with it. Could it be worse than the side effects of all the drugs/therapies tried in the last 10 years? It sounds like you’ve tried everything I’ve tried. No success either. And Marvin? What?!

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  24. We were just talking about that dog phenomenon yesterday at our house – how our yellow lab (not yellow retriever or golden lab) does not have an inkling when anyone is sick and needs ot be left alone. Seen Marley and Me? When the lab was so sweet after the mom miscarried? Yeah, ours would have jumped on me and wanted attention and food and to play ball. Seriously, not an attune bone in her body.
    I’ll sign her up for therapy dog with Lu and then we can both sit back and watch old people and children cringe.

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  25. June, I only have sympathies to give, and no unsolicited advice, because I don’t think I’ve ever had a migraine and I don’t want one. They sound awful. I hope you can find something that helps.
    P.S. The dog is pure beagle, and oh dear lord with the howling.

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  26. Hot flashes feel like an anxiety attack coming on. The night sweats and wonky hairs are better…
    I get the occasional migraine. Smells are the WORST. So I feel your pain.
    My mom swears by Imitrex and those pigtails I devised as a grade schooler.

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  27. Hot flashes feel like an anxiety attack coming on. The night sweats and wonky hairs are better…
    I get the occasional migraine. Smells are the WORST. So I feel your pain.
    My mom swears by Imitrex and those pigtails I devised as a grade schooler.

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  28. Hot flashes feel like an anxiety attack coming on. The night sweats and wonky hairs are better…
    I get the occasional migraine. Smells are the WORST. So I feel your pain.
    My mom swears by Imitrex and those pigtails I devised as a grade schooler.

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  29. i don’t get migraines. i cannot imagine the hell you are in. and it doesn’t help to compare your hell with someone else’s hell. but i totally get mentally beating oneself up because i’m still alive and breathing…have all the body parts..no cancer, etc. stupid vicious circle.
    however, i will chime in about hormones. please find yourself a doctor or nurse practitioner who specializes in natural hormone replacement. natural. not the synthetic crap that is horrible for your body.
    just grabbed my hormone bible “breakthrough” by suzanne somers.
    quote:
    What about migraine headaches?
    Migraines are a classic response to low estrogen or fluctuating estrogen levels. It probably has to do with the inflammation that menopausal women experience, but estrogens can directly affect and decrease inflammation. Estrogen usually blocks a molecule called NFkB but when you are low or deficient in estrogen there is nothing to block this molecule; that is one source of where your migraine headaches come from. This is a molecule of inflammation, and migraine headaches are due to this inflammation.
    There are other causes also. Migraine headaches can be due to GI problems. A typically ill menopausal woman will have bloating and gas and stomach pain. When a woman has normal hormones she usually does not experience problems with digestion. However, hormone imbalances create not only digestion problems, but also cause migraine headaches.
    ******
    i’ve been on hormone replacement for 1 1/2 years. so many ding dang dots that connected when i got all the major hormones in balance again.
    i pray you find your answer juney.

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  30. Menopause – oh the hair! It’s not just the beard – it’s the one gigantic black wire clothes hanger of a hair that bursts through the side of your neck on the way to work so that by 10 am you could macrame with it!
    And the hot flashes are not always “flashes”! Sometimes it’s like “Wait, I think I’ve been sitting in a pizza oven (on preheat)for the past 20 minutes and suddenly it’s reached the correct temperature – 4000 degrees”
    And memory!!! I was talking to my best friend face to face one day and could not remember her name! I kept thinking it was Nicole, but her name was Elaine. Two syllables – I was close.
    And install a GIGANTIC key hook in your house or otherwise you will never see your keys again.
    But other than feeling like a dementia-riddled sasquatch roaming in the Sahara, it’s not so bad.

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  31. i see everyone is posting about hormones. good.
    heads up. regular joe doctor does not believe in natural hormone replacement and will pat your hand unsympathetically and…well..you will want to shoot them.
    so please by pass everyone who does not believe in natural hormone replacement therapy.
    ask around to see if there’s anyone in your area. OR, call around for a “compounding” pharmacy (cuz your hormone replacement will be specific to your body…compounded) and the pharmacy will have a list of doctor(s) or nurse practitioners who work this area.
    marv’s insurance may or may not cover. my visits are not covered but my hormones are. go figure. office visit is $100. totally worth it.

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  32. I’ve been on a bio-identical progesterone cream for a few months now – I actually looked into it after watching Suzanne Somers on Oprah. The doctor tested my blood, and my progesterone was at 6, he said it was supposed to be at 20. The cream has dramatically reduced my migraines…. although for some freakish reason I’ve had a migraine off and on for the past week. It’s driving me crazy!
    If I do get a migraine, I take Zomig. I’ve also tried Axert and Maxalt – but Zomig doesn’t make me feel drugged, just really good.

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  33. Have your migraines gotten worse since you moved into your lovely home? I know when we lived in one house in England, I had migraines ALL. THE. TIME. Stinky ones, too. But when we moved, they went away. I think I had 12 in 10 months, but haven’t had 3 in 3.5 years.
    Not that I’m suggesting you move to a new house, but maybe it’s something in the vents? I know you had them before (as did I), so it’s not entirely the house, but it was just a thought.
    Hope they get better SOON, and that you don’t turn into Jethro. :o)

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  34. D-lou, heeeeeeeeeee!
    I also get that errant hair. Only mine is bright white and sproings out of my cheek (face). I leave the house, nothing. I get to work, wire coat hanger sticking out of my face. I carry tweezers now. Isn’t aging grand?

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  35. D-lou, heeeeeeeeeee!
    I also get that errant hair. Only mine is bright white and sproings out of my cheek (face). I leave the house, nothing. I get to work, wire coat hanger sticking out of my face. I carry tweezers now. Isn’t aging grand?

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  36. D-lou, heeeeeeeeeee!
    I also get that errant hair. Only mine is bright white and sproings out of my cheek (face). I leave the house, nothing. I get to work, wire coat hanger sticking out of my face. I carry tweezers now. Isn’t aging grand?

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  37. Oh, I’m so sorry you have problems with migraines! I’ve only had one in my life and oh my gosh … the PAIN. I had my husband take me to the ER b/c it was soooo bad. In college I had a roommate that would get a huge migraine EVERY month … right when she would get her period. Can you imagine?? Double whammy. I thought of her after my single experience with a migraine.
    Here’s hoping you can figure out what causes them!!!

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  38. June- Migraines suck ass and you should not ever have to have another one! I have no advice however, but the whole thing with Marv getting all up on you when you feel down…is kind of funny to me.
    Maybe he makes his move when you are incapable of cutting him down with your witty quips! Or maybe he just thinks it will make you feel better, like it does him. Giggles.
    Going to go check in with my Hite Report to see if this topic is documented. Feel better please.

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  39. I know this will sound idiotic, but could your migraines be a result of all of the proofreading? I know this is your career and you have done it for years, but maybe your eyes are tired of reading? Just a thought.

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  40. Lauren and June,
    I, too, have been on natural hormones for over 2 years now. I’ve never read Krissy’s book, but I started going to a highly regarded OBGYN in my area who actually is one of the pioneers of natural hormones and co-wrote a book about it. The first thing he said to me during our consultation was that hormones rule a woman’s body. Every function and dysfunction can be related back to hormones. And Lauren’s right, 99% of the doctors out there want to prescribe a dangerous synthetic, prescribed the same for every woman. Not gonna work.
    I was totally out of whack and since the natural hormones, it’s just like Lauren says, the dots are connected and you can’t believe you went around feeling as bad as you did. It’s a laborious process with daily saliva tests to figure out your levels and my insurance company didn’t cover it either, (Imagine that), but it was well, well worth it.
    Even after getting my whore of a uterus ripped out, (I also have the slutty twins, left Paula), I have had my meds adjusted to my hormonal changes and still feel great.
    My husband asked me once when we were in the emergency room, (before natural hormones), since I had an open gown on, you know…I think the medical world is going to make a stunning announcement one day. They’ll discover that a man’s brain really is in his pants.
    Oh, and my dog? When I cry, she takes one look and runs away as fast as she can.

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  41. Okay, not to be on Marvins side or anything but …. sometimes the rush of hormones does seem to help a headache. I mean, if you’ve tried everything else, that is.
    Just sayin’ 🙂

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  42. I, too, feel your pain. Don’t you just LOVE being a girl? Mine are tied to my hormones, dehydration, phases of the moon, phases of the sun, chocolate, bananas, beer, wine, bright lights, darkness, lack of sleep, too much sleep. Or not. You get the picture. I manage mine with Cafergot (ergot and caffeine) and a couple of big ol’ prescription strength Naproxen Sodiums. Should drop an elephant, but just lets me make it through the day.
    Best book I’ve ever read, however, is “Migraine Brain” by Dr. Carolyn Bernstein and Elaine McArdle. Explains the whys and wherefores, smacks you upside the head (sorry) with the concept that YOU HAVE A DISEASE that you have to manage daily, like diabetes, and helped me recognize the signs of an impending headache so I could hit them early and hard with my meds. I bought multiple copies of the hardcover(!) and gave them to every migraineur I know.
    LOVE your blog! You make me laugh out loud!

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  43. I worked with a gal who said that very same thing. She got terrible migraines, and she told me that sex was about the only thing that helped her.
    No, I did not offer to help this poor, HOT, MARRIED woman…
    Yes, I thought about it…

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  44. Now that I have the cancer, my dog doesn’t give a crap about me. Neither do my cats. I figure it’s a good sign for my recovery. That they’d know if I were a goner. If they start staring at me, I’ll pick out my funeral outfit.

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  45. A year and a half ago, my PA recommended magnesium to me for my migraines. I’ve taken one Nature Made magnesium tablet every morning before breakfast and haven’t had a migraine since. Placebo? Maybe, but hey, whatever works. I’ve read the average American diet is deficient in magnesium, so it can’t hurt. Also, cutting way back on caffeine is a good idea, but I was already doing that before the mag.

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  46. I would have mustered up the strength to kick Marvin in his erm, head so he could experience your pain.
    I take Inderal LA, Topamax (4 tabs), and a couple other preventatives, including nausea medicine. When I get the migraine I take Amerge. If The migraine goes on for more than 2 or 3 days, I’ve gone to the CLE Clinic for infusion.
    Have you ever had infusion therapy? It’s not a preventative, but it breaks the cycle of a continuing migraine.
    And, I’ve learned my lesson about the animals, and man. I go into the extra bedroom and hideout until the pain is gone.

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  47. I’m sorry you’re in pain, June. And I’m especially sorry your roommates are adding even more, those 2 dogs. Even in your hour of misery, you STILL delivered a post of unparalleled humor and wit. Feel better, my friend.

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  48. Magnesium helps you relax. It’s the main ingredient in homeopathic sleep remedies.
    Infusion therapy is just when the docs put the meds straight into your vein or spine. It’s a heavy dose to override the migraine.
    Hey Kathy! I’ve was taking a friend to chemo all last year. On her last day of treatment, we both said, “Man, this place needs a bar…”

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  49. Magnesium helps you relax. It’s the main ingredient in homeopathic sleep remedies.
    Infusion therapy is just when the docs put the meds straight into your vein or spine. It’s a heavy dose to override the migraine.
    Hey Kathy! I’ve was taking a friend to chemo all last year. On her last day of treatment, we both said, “Man, this place needs a bar…”

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  50. Magnesium helps you relax. It’s the main ingredient in homeopathic sleep remedies.
    Infusion therapy is just when the docs put the meds straight into your vein or spine. It’s a heavy dose to override the migraine.
    Hey Kathy! I’ve was taking a friend to chemo all last year. On her last day of treatment, we both said, “Man, this place needs a bar…”

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  51. Infusion therapy is to break the cycle of your migraine. This will take 4-6 hours. Your doctor will decide on a course of medicines to be given by IV. The iv bags will run one right after the other. His/her choice may depend on your pain score of 1-10. I have had infusion 4 times. In my experience the meds have not been narcotics. Usually it starts with an anti-nausea medicine. Last time I received 6 bags of IV fluid. I went 3 days in a row, but that was a while ago. My botox plus all my preventatives was working for me but now I’m 2 months behind due to my surgery. I can really tell too. March 16th is when I get shot up.

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  52. My hormones are out of control right now because I’m PREGNANT! I’m just now catching up on your blog due to the fact that I’ve been puking my guts up for the past 6 weeks. The worst part is when I get a migraine, I can only take Tylenol. Less than a week and the first trimester is over. Pray for me people, seriously!
    And why do men always think sex will make us feel better when we are sick? Hope you feel better, June.

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  53. This may sound a bit random but there are some cardiologists that believe there is a link between having a Patent (or persistant) Foramen Ovale (PFO) and migraines, especially in women. A PFO is a hole between the atria of the heart that allows bood to shunt across without going to the lungs (is required when we are in the womb). I’ve no idea how you would go about getting yourself tested for a PFO and you’d need a Dr/Cardiologist that believes the link, and then is also willing to believe that closing the shunt will help.
    I only know all this because I had a PFO that caused me to get decompression sickness while SCUBA diving and the cardiologist I went to was interested in the migraine – PFO link (Dr Peter Wilmshurst, Shrewsbury).

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  54. Ya never know til ya try it, Misty. Isn’t that what you tell us when you make baked ghoulash?

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  55. I think the “turned on when spouse is sick” relates to their hunting nature….you know, going after the weak and the sick. It’s supposed to apply to lions/gazelles, tho. Maybe you can just think of yourself as a gazelle, but shorter.
    Re: wild hairs…I’m 35 and still have active plumbing but have had random wire coat hanger hairs from my cheek/neck/chin for many years…if I grow a second head out of my face when I go through menopause, I’m gonna shoot someone. Or, I could think positive and donate it to Wiry Haired Locks of Love, huh?

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  56. I’m on 300mg of Topamax and I actually function! I can be pretty ditzy at times, but the stupidity actually improves over time – honest.
    Have you tried Phenergan gel for the nausea? I also have good success with Treximet(or with Imitrex/Maxalt plus Aleve).
    Besides hormones, stress and wine, I’ve found that changes in the weather can actually trigger migraines for me.

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  57. I begged my doctor to do testing on me to see what my hormone levels were. You see, I have a shih tzu on my face. It is getting harder and harder to groom the shih tzu every day. There was also some talk of a thyroid problem. Gravy! They’d get this all worked out and I could have my face back, no more break outs, or small furry animals living beneath my nose.
    Got the blood test results back. Thyroid is good. No problem there. Hormones are fine. I’m 46 years old and I’m not even in peri-menopause. So this fur on my face will continue to grow and I will continue to pluck and wax and cry all the way into my fifties. Oh shiht! zu.

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  58. I saw a neurologist, who put me on a 5mg daily dose of Norvasc. I have not had a migraine since then. I also see a chiro weekly. I think the triggers are different for everyone, and so are the remedies. I feel your pain.

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  59. I have nothing offer for migraine advice but I can tell you that zofran is good for nausea without making you sleepy like phenergen does. At least it makes me sleepy.
    I think you need to remind Tallulah that you rescued her and she ought to be channeling her inner Bill Clinton a little bit and feeling your pain. Although maybe she was trying and it misfired and instead ol’ Marvin wound up channeling the altogether wrong part of Bill.
    My recently departed cat Paris was actually quite sensitive to people being in pain. His response was usually to want to crawl around on you and get in your face and lay on you. So, not always helpful, but well intentioned. He was also very sensitive to loud arguments. If there was a lot of shouting he would come in the room and meow meow meow all upset.

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  60. Your blog makes my head hurt! 🙂 So I can see where you are coming from. 🙂 Just wanted to pop up and tell you….topomax made me s.t.u.p.i.d. I couldn’t even remember my pin number at the bank and started crying then and there…stopped the topomax that day. Then my heaven sent doctor suggested Relpax. Have you tried Relpax for your Migraines? It is a miracle drug!

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  61. As another chronic pain person I second Furry Godmother’s advice – accept the pain, let yourself switch off from everything else and just breathe through it for a while. Sometimes the only thing that makes my pain go away is sleep – whatever the time of day.
    And keep trying new prescription drugs in case you can find one that works. Drugs are great.

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  62. Ha, I am just reading this now because I’ve been away for the computer for a few days helping my husband recover from surgery. His mom brought over Lulu, one of their little shih-tzus as a “therapy dog,” and the dog was doing really great until something spooked her. She bolted right across the bed, jumping directly onto my husband’s suture in the process. So much for the therapy dog.

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