I’ve been benched by a headache since Tuesday afternoon. I used to get such debilitating headaches more frequently, but this is the first I’ve had in a long time. And I’m not at all sad to see it finally go.
These headaches always start harmlessly enough—a little twinge between the temples. I take ibuprofen and figure it’ll do the trick. And when it doesn’t, it feels like someone is stabbing me with a sharp object up through the base of my skull. Sharp pain shoots up through the back of my head right up to the top and then shoots back down. Pain up, pain down, short burst of relief. Pain up, pain down, short burst of relief.
By the time I headed home from work Tuesday evening, the sound of my own heels on the floor of the hallway made me want to curl up in a ball and die. The short bursts of relief gave way to constant, unyielding pain. By bedtime, the pain was so severe and unrelenting I couldn’t sleep. By Wednesday morning, I couldn’t see straight, couldn’t walk a straight line, had no hope of joining the ranks of fully-functioning human beings. I spent Wednesday in bed in the dark.
Last night, after midnight, the pain finally let up—if I didn’t move, I was pain free. This morning I was still iffy–moving brought on a little pain and threatened a full takeover. But by today at lunch time, I felt normal again; I could move without pain. I’m still holding onto that normal feeling this evening…here’s hoping I can make it through tonight and tomorrow without a recurrence.