I’ve been getting migraines and headaches since I was about 15. They used to come about 1 or 2 times a month until I had my first child in my 20s.
After having Aiden they started happening more often, but still only around 5-6 each month. My mum would sometimes have to come and look after him for me because I couldn’t stand the light or any noise.
My headaches are very painful, but a migraine is a whole other level of pain. If I have a migraine I can’t do anything for most of the day. I have to wear an eye mask and just stay as still as I can.
At the end of the day, I feel totally drained of all energy.
With a headache, I still have the light sensitivity, my eyes really hurt but I’m still able to function. I can do my normal routines, I’ve learnt to ignore the pain in a way. It’s always there but I don’t have to dwell on it like I do with a migraine.
Migraines & Headaches Getting Worse
This year they’ve both been the worst I’ve ever had them. I started tracking them on an app in February after having a headache for 4 days straight that then went into a full-blown migraine on the fifth day.
The weight I’ve kept off for so long started creeping back on because I was in pain all the time and I didn’t have the energy most days to worry about sticking to Slimming World.
I made a doctors appointment for 6 weeks after I started tracking. I wanted to be able to show him how many I was getting and how they varied in intensity.
Sensitive To Smell
One of the main symptoms I’ve suffered from this year that I didn’t use to suffer from is sensitivity to smell. Poor KayCee and Ella can’t spray any perfumes or body sprays without checking with me first. There are some perfumes they had for Christmas that they’re just not allowed to use. They make my headaches much worse and if I haven’t got a headache they make me feel sick and can bring on a headache.
I was starting to get quite depressed. I felt guilty about the smells, I felt guilty about always answering with, “I’ve got a headache” when people asked me what was wrong. The headaches were happening so often I started not saying anything when I had one. I was worried everyone was getting sick of hearing it.
These past few months have been a nightmare. I had about 16 migraines in February and while doing some research I read that taking painkiller medication can actually cause migraines/headaches.
I’d always used Ibuprofen when I got an attack but they’d stopped working so I tried combining codein with ibuprofen, Anadin Extra and just about all the other over-the-counter medication you can buy.
Nothing was helping.
When I read that they could actually be the cause of the headaches, I decided to stop using them.
After about 3 weeks of suffering from the headaches and not taking any pain meds, they were still happening. There were more days between attacks since stopping the meds, but they were still hard to deal with when they did arrive.
I figured they weren’t being caused by the medication after all. Then I suddenly realized that I hadn’t stopped taking all pain medications.
Every night, before bed, I take a Naproxen, 2 co-dydramol and 2 Ibuprofen for my back pain. I’ve been taking them for a couple of years to help me get more sleep.
I decided to stop taking them to see if that would make any difference to my headaches.
I’m now a bit worried about not being able to get enough sleep, though, because when I don’t get enough sleep, I get headaches. It’s like a vicious cycle.
I’ve read that CBD oils can help with sleep problems so I’m going to ask my doctor for more information on it.
It’s Working, I Think!
I’ve now been off all pain medication for over a week and in that week I had 5 full days with no headaches!
I saw my doctor yesterday and told him all the above. He said I was doing exactly what he would have suggested if I’d have seen him earlier.
He said I need to stay off all meds for at least 6 weeks because it can take that long for it all to leave my system.
I have to keep using the app to track the headaches so he can see how I’m getting on.
During the last 3 weeks of March, I’ve been back on Slimming World and have lost 13.5lbs of the 1.5 stones that I put back on 🙂
I can cope with not taking pills for my headaches. I know they don’t work anyway, but I’m a bit worried about my back pain flaring up.
Most of the time it’s fine, but every now and then it does and I have trouble moving for a few days.
I’m not going to dwell on it, though. It will probably be ok for the next 6 weeks and if not, I’ll deal with it at the time.
I really hope that not taking any pain meds will work. I’ve tried so many things to stop the headaches and it was so frustrating because nothing worked.
We spent a fortune on new pillows when I thought that was the problem and the same with different pills.
Update In 6 Weeks
I’m keeping my fingers well and truly crossed that in 6 weeks I can come and post an update saying I’m headache/migraine free 🙂