Music and Words

December 27, 2011

Headaches

Filed under: Words — melomania @ 7:01 pm

I’ve been struggling with frequent headaches for a long time. I thought about it the other day, and I remember headaches in high school. That means it’s been probably 10 years that I’ve had trouble with headaches.

In the last couple of years they’ve gotten worse. My headaches aren’t debilitating like migraines (I don’t wind up crying in a ball on the floor) but they last forever. I’m serious, it’s perfectly normal for me to get a headache that doesn’t go away for weeks at a time. And then when it does go away, I get another one the next day.

I got fed up with this cycle recently when I was sitting at work feeling so awful I could barely move, let alone work, and asked a friend for the phone number of her acupuncturist. My terrible fear of needles set aside for the moment, I made an appointment for later that week. I told her I wanted to discuss my headaches and my trouble sleeping.

I’m not going to go way into detail about the appointment, because it was very long and I don’t want to be sitting here typing for that long. However, the acupuncturist recommended a few things to help take care of the sleeplessness and headaches. 

She gave me two supplements to take to help me sleep. I haven’t really needed either of them since the other changes I made.

I started drinking more water. This hasn’t been going as well as I’d hoped.

The big thing that changed was that I’ve stopped drinking caffeine. I haven’t had any caffeine in about a week and a half.

I’m sleeping better and my headaches are much less, and on a few days have been completely gone. I feel better, more alert, and I’m needing less sleep at night. I can function on 7 hours of sleep, where I have been needing about 9 recently to get through my day. I feel like I have more energy, and I’m actually able to accomplish things during my day, and even after I get home from work.

And I’m spending a lot less money at Starbucks.

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