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28 April 2022: Migraines

From December 2020 until April 2022, I was migraine free. I don't know how or why, but for a glorious year and four months, I didn't suffer debilitating headaches that woke me in the middle of the night.

That streak ended at the beginning of April.

Sharp stabbing pains behind my eye, sensitivity to light and noise, overheating, nausea, congestion, and gas make regular appearances, and it's a miserable time. The worst part of it all is that I don't know what triggers them, so I scramble for relief whenever they strike, unsure of how I can prevent them.

So how do I deal?

I can't take Excedrin because of my antidepressant (sigh) so I resort to Tylenol, then I rely heavily on ice packs. Sometimes acupressure or essential oils come into play, sometimes I treat the headache with coffee, sometimes I just have to sleep it off (if I can sleep).

Just this month alone, I've had thirty-one headaches.

Because my dad also suffered migraines, he suggested that I visit an acupuncturist for treatment and I'm strongly considering it. It worked for him, after all. While it may seem counterintuitive to stab yourself with a bunch of needles to prevent pain, I'm willing to try it if it means I get uninterrupted sleep.

So that's my update for this post. Migraines and potential acupuncture.

I hope you don't deal with migraines, and if you do, I'm sorry.

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