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The Family Potluck

That wasn't.

Well, it actually did happen, but I wasn't there. I woke up yesterday morning with a splitting headache - the kind where light hurts and reading hurts but I'm not sure is a migraine because it doesn't stay in one place. Also because it's always accompanied by nausea and once I do vomit, it goes away.

The problem was the potluck. See, not only was I bringing lasagna, I was also driving. My in-laws were in a fender-bender a couple months ago - they're just fine - and their car was totalled. They haven't replaced it yet. The plan was for us to rent a car, pick them up and take them home, and for me to do all the driving. Otherwise you get the comedy we've had in the past.

My father-in-law is an excellent driver *period*, not just for his age (past 80), and he's perfectly capable of navigating unfamiliar roads. But my mother-in-law refuses to believe that. She's the worst of right-side drivers. However, her vision has unfortunately become very bad in the last few years, so *her* naviagation is questionable. *And* Dad, from a combination of years of orchestra work (he's a classical trumpet player) *and* an acoustic neuroma, has very poor hearing, and none at all in his right ear. But he has to do the driving.

So you get this comedy - Dad driving. Mom shouting at him. Jonathan, who is also a right side driver, but not as bad and who also has not great eyesight, shouting from the backseat. He also does not have a license.

There is only one person in the car with fully functional eyes, fully functional ears and a driver's license. And what am I doing? Sitting behind my mother-in-law and laughing. And wondering why I'm not at the wheel.

But this time, I was renting the car, and I sign an agreement whereby only *I* can drive. I'd still have to endure the back seat drivers, but at least it wouldn't be a complete comedy.

Except that I couldn't open my eyes without pain. No way could I drive. I tried pepto-bismol and acid pills, and water, and nothing helped. So I just slept. And at 10:30, I finally convinced my husband that I wasn't going to be driving anywhere, and he canceled the rental. I felt even more awful because they were depending on me.

Eventually, with a great deal of effort, I emptied my stomach. And when I say effort, I mean effort. The water trick didn't work - and I mostly tossed medication. My eyes are ringed with broken capillaries and I have others all over my face. I felt better soon afterwards, and a migraine pill (aspirin/acetominophen/caffeine) not only stayed in my stomach but fixed what was left of the headache. That and a cup of raman and then a small amount of coffee to stave off withdrawal made me feel almost human. Not enough to go anywhere, but enough so I could think.

Frankly, I'm worried. This is the second time I've been sick like this in ten days, and the broken capillaries are really scary (and ugly.) I'm more or less well enough to go to work today - stomach is faintly growly but wants food - but I made a doctor's appointment for after work today. And I wish I wore makeup, but my glasses hide the worst.

As for the potluck - my husband and in-laws took the train to NJ, where the host picked them up at the station, and they got car rides home. So that was fine. And Jonathan did offer to stay home with me, but I was already okay. I spent the afternoon bouncing between the fic I'd stored on my Toy, various books and whatever was on tv.

And I found I could happily handwrite a story on my Toy, which was also fun. When I get a keyboard, I'll be set.


Refuah sheleimah. I wonder if bad headaches are catchy over the internet? Because if so, I apologize for giving you mine. I was lucky, it wasn't bad over Shabbos. But it returned full force this morning. Joy.

A keyboard for the Toy is probably the best thing. I don't have one, but I do utilize my IR port on my laptop ALL the time to download fic. I don't write, so I don't have a hard time with handwriting stories like that. Maybe I should take it up?


Writing is fun, or I find it so. It gets the stories out of your head.

Meep! It's probably worth getting it checked out -- it may be nothing, but you don't want to find out it's something the hard way. I seem to recall that you have blood pressure issues, which can worsen headaches.

*hugs* Feel better!


I have minor blood pressure issues caused by blood sugar problems, mostly taken care of by the martial arts thing.

I think it's a stomach thing. I'll talk to my doctor.


Well, good luck, certainly.

Also because it's always accompanied by nausea

I thought that nausea was a sure sign that it's a migraine?


Hmmm. Usually,with migraines, the headache drives the nausea - at least my husband, who does get migraines, tells me this. I do know that emptying my stomach relieves the headache, so I'm assuming that the nausea is driving headache here. It may just be that I'm extra susceptable to food poisoning or something. But I was extra careful on Saturday when I made the lasagna to *not* taste the ricotta mixture (I always add an egg to the ricotta cheese). And I ate nothing I haven't eaten many times before.


I do know that emptying my stomach relieves the headache, so I'm assuming that the nausea is driving headache here.

Not a safe assumption. I have migraines-- bad enough to have prescription meds for them-- and when I throw up from migraine-induced nausea it often also relieves the headache.

The fact that your headache responds to caffiene is another 'may be migraine' clue. Caffiene's a vasodilator.

Remember, there's more than one set of possible symptoms for migraines. Mine are "atypical" in that I get the nausea, photophobia, and noise sensitivity, but not the auras or some of the other "typical" signs. But they're still migraines.

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Migraines. Great.

It responded to caffeine, but I'm also very addicted to caffeine - one day without will produce bad withdrawal headaches. I don't need a lot to counteract the addiction - even a half cup will do, or a can of cola. So this is an extra datum, but not conclusive.

However, they are brought on by stress, aren't they? And between the potluck and the jury duty...huh.

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However, they are brought on by stress, aren't they?

They can be. Or with your menstrual cycle. Mine don't seem to sync to either, but a lot of people's do.

Mine frequently start out as tension headaches-- a tightness in the back of the neck-- which is why I've managed to stay off migraine meds until recently. If I feel a tension headache coming on and slap it down with Alleve I can frequently avoid the migraine.

But last year I started waking up with full-blown symptoms, so my doctor prescribed imitrex for me. Lovely stuff, imitrex.

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Ick Imitrex. I understand it is a miracle for a lot of people. I took Imitrex literally the day it came out into the market (out of clinical trials). It was still an injection then and I was a traumatized 14 year old because of it! ;) Seriously though, I can't take it. I get heart palpitations from it and it puts me in more pain than the original migraine. Sigh. All of the triptan-class drugs (of which Imitrex is a member) do that to me. Bleh.

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Huh. I woke up with this one. Other times (and, yeah, other times are coming to mind, I've had nausea first and then the headache, or I've woken up with them.)

Totally not in sync with my periods, but my periods barely have any sort of a rhythm.

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PCOS? check into it, look into the symptoms. I have everything you have. including the above post *points* and am on glucophage 2000 mg. and it helps with blood sugar, periods, everything.


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I was diagnosed with PCOS years and years ago. I have all the signs (which is *so* lovely. Laser hair removal has been my friend), and my first hormone work up showed it.

My last one, during my IVF attempts, came up negative, but I'm wondering if all the hormones I was drenched in made a difference.

And I know it all comes together, but I was finally diagnosed with diabetes II immediately after my father died. Which is not really a surprise, is it?

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Dr. Glueck's non-hormonal Metformin therapy is a) cheaper and b) healthier. You might try it, you can have your regular GP put you on it. He's even keeping patients on it during pregnancy. Apparently, hormones just don't work for a lot of PCOSers.

See, I knew there was a reason I liked you ;)

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I'm seriously avoiding all hormones right now. Not after the stuff I injected, the stuff my husband injected into me, the stuff I produced all by myself. I figure my poor body has been through enough. By some miracle, I have a semi-predictable period now, as opposed to before I started that rollercoaster, and that's amazing all by itself.

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It's not a hormone. :)

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Mine are "atypical" in that I get the nausea, photophobia, and noise sensitivity, but not the auras or some of the other "typical" signs.

That is not atypical. That's a pretty classic set of migraine symptoms. Only 3-4 percent of migraine sufferers get an aura. I'm one of the "lucky" ones. I got migraines 4-6 times a week until I finally found a medication that cut them down to 1 or so a week.

I do agree with your assessment that mamadeb probably suffered from a migraine, though. The caffeine is a big sign there. And the photophobia. And the nausea. When I'm nauseated in conjunction with a migraine, I feel much better if I actually throw up. And yes, there are different sets of symptoms for different people.

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I'm one of the "lucky" ones. I got migraines 4-6 times a week until I finally found a medication that cut them down to 1 or so a week.

I'm even luckier. If I have 2 in a month, it's a heavy migraine month. Some months I don't have any.

Also, I don't seem to have any of the typical migraine triggers, except maybe lack of sleep. Which is probably one of the reasons my previous MDs kept telling me my headaches were "just" tension, not "real" migraines.

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by lucky, I meant I was "lucky" enough to be in that 3-4 percent that gets auras.

Migraines are horrible no matter how often you get them, so my condolences on getting any at all!

Triggers for people vary. And what a lot of doctors don't realize is that tension headaches can actually trigger a migraine, so even if your initial headache is a classic tension headache, that doesn't rule out the possibility that you're getting migraines. You could also be getting both, of course.

I get all sorts of classic migraine triggers, mostly food triggers... chocolate, dry wine, aged cheese, cantaloupe (don't ask), mint (even weirder), and so on. There are probably 50 or so foods I should avoid, only four or five of which I bother avoiding. It gets too complicated otherwise to avoid all those foods on top of everything I avoid in the name of keeping kosher.

Ouch. Sounds thoroughly unpleasant. I hope your doctor is able to shed some light on this.

Ask your doctor about migraines, SERIOUSLY - I thought my headaches couldn't be migraines, because they didn't fit the usual description, and suffered up to four a week for years and years. Now I've got a migraine prescription that takes them away within an hour. BLISS.


Nod. I *am* going to bring it up. If my doctor doesn't first, I mean. I have a worry about self-diagnosis.