By Anthony | November 17, 2012
The ultimate catch-22.
Song of the Week=Shake Weight by Captain Murphy
Let me tell you something about migraines. They suck. Post over. Thanks for reading.
I just saved you a lot of time
Just kidding! I would never cheat you out of a post like that. More importantly, I would never pass up the opportunity to make people listen to or read what I have to say. If I wanted people to just graze past my blog, I’d have posted this on twitter.
But on a serious/relevant topic, migraines are the worst. They attack randomly, they may or may not happen for any arbitrary reason, and they’re torture to go through. It’s the physical manifestation of a frozen computer. However, they have narrowed a common cause down to “a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels,” which is like saying “rain is caused by water falling from the sky.”
Although, to be fair, they’re basically guessing anyways
I get these things a lot. A few times a month at least. Sometimes several. It starts off with a dull pain behind my right eye and gets progressively sharper and more intense, followed by all of those other great symptoms (nausea, etc.) A few years back, I started taking Excedrin for them. Since regular pain relievers weren’t working, I decided to take something specifically designed for migraines. To my surprise, it actually worked. I felt one coming, I would take some, and it would be over. One bottle could last for months.
Sounds perfect right? Wrong. Once I started taking medicine, my migraines became more frequent. It would be a dozen times a month, then a few times a week, and, eventually, every single day. This went on for a couple of years. So why did this happen? Well, it turns out that those OTC migraine medicines are jacked up with caffeine. The good news is that it works, the bad news is that caffeine is addictive. See the problem there?
“But Anthony, if it works, then why not keep with it?” Good question, reader, I’m glad you asked! You always seem to ask the right questions. Have I ever told you how happy I am to have you around? Well, unlike normal people, I don’t drink coffee, or Coke, Pepsi, or any of those other things made of sugar and caffeine. The thought of me being dependent on something other than cereal scares me and I’m not starting with caffeine.
This stuff is painfully addictive. Seriously.
After spending way too long debating (years, I think), I finally decided to kick it. Cold turkey. I visited Ohio State’s student health center, and they also agreed—mostly because I’m always right about everything. Including that last statement. Although they did prescribe me some form of medication that wasn’t jacked up with caffeine just in case. It’s been about 2 weeks now.
So, how has this turned out for me after 2 weeks? Well, I’ve seemed to have had a few in that time, but withdrawal will do that. Your brain is all about taking things that feel good and making a habit out of them, by any means necessary.
What a jerk…
However, it is getting better. And they’re becoming a lot less frequent. It might take months or so to fully get over the whole caffeine thing, but it’s all worth it. Because I say so.
Lesson Learned: Don’t start with caffeine!
To see things that might be causing my migraines, check out The Final Schedule
To see other things I’m right about, check out 5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Climbing Outdoors