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How can I have another one? [Apr. 24th, 2008|01:38 pm]
Pain in the Neck



I haven't been keeping up with this journal, in large part because nothing really changes. I have headaches. Some Godawful, some just annoying.

Yesterday I woke up with one that was in the 3 range. Took ibuprofen, fended it off. Went shopping and got a mani/pedi, and was coming home yesterday afternoon when it suddenly ramped up. It was weird. It took about 5 minutes to go from a 3 to a 7 or 8. And of course I was driving, on the bypass, in 5 o'clock traffic. No exits, barely any shoulder, and it was the kind of twisting, stabbing pain that makes you sick. So there I was having those awful waves of cold sweat alternating with your face getting all hot, which usually immediately precede vomiting, and I am telling myself furiously "You CANNOT puke in your own lap 40 minutes from home."

Didn't puke, although it was a close thing. At the end of the bypass I pulled into Wendy's and got a big Coke and alternated pressing it to my face and sipping it for a while. 

Inched home, making it worse again. Took the cocktail when I got there: 800 mg ibuprofen, 100 mg Tramadol, 10 mg Valium, 25 mg Phenergan and crawled into the bathtub. After about 45 minutes it was back around a 4, and I went out to dinner with Chris. It stuck around at that level until bedtime, when it sort of faded back to my constant pain level of about 1.5, which was nice because I could fall asleep. 

I woke up tired -- the cocktail almost has a hangover effect. Not that I feel bad, like an alcohol hangover, but I'm usually really sleepy and maybe even sort of mentally impaired for a while. I was fine until about an hour ago, and I feel it coming back. Fuck, fuck, fuck. Same place, same kind of pain. I am trying really hard not to get pissed off and worked up, because I know tension is a major aggravating factor, but DAMN.