Splitting

There is nothing quite like waking up and realizing with your first movement that you have a crushing headache. This was me today as I flailed at my insistent alarm device, which is from Hell.

I don’t always gets headaches, but when I do they make up for the long stretches without them. Stay painful, my friend. In general, headaches for me come in two varieties: pesky and Jackhammer of Satan. Brief research tells me that in some ways headaches are a mystery since the brain cannot actually feel pain. This must be true because the five neurons I have could not possibly make my head hurt in any way.

Sometimes, my noggin likes to play with me and make me think I have the Jackhammer coming on, just to keep me on my toes.  This morning was no exception.  Unsure, I ate my Special Migraine Formula (SMF, because acronyms are cool) that an awesome Medic gave me the secret to on my first sabbatical in Afghanistan: Motrin and Tylenol in combination.  So far, I’m seeing some relief.  At least I can see.  Because we all have a need for schadenfreude to some extent, here’s an explanation of my RantAches:

Pesky Nuisance Headache: Pain is pain, and we all endure some in our laps around the Sun.  These I either endure or eat a couple of aspirins.  Generally, the Pesky pain is caused by colds or flu, dehydration, brown liquor in excess, sinuses or physics.  By physics, I mean some elusive change in the seasons, usually spring and fall, that generate some pressure and wind change or realignment of the Earth’s magnetic field.  Call it a disturbance in The Force, or better yet, whatever does a damn-damn on my sinuses.

Jackhammer of Satan:  This is beyond pain and seeps into the psychic damage realm.  Normally these start with a dull split in the top of my head and quickly pounce down to the back of my head.  From there, pressure builds and reality shifts off into some realm of Suck that I can barely endure.  If I catch the Jackhammer quickly with a hearty dose of SMF, all will be well.  If not, I’m doomed to three to four straight days of pounding, blinding pain that I can only describe as some alien in my head, squeezing my cerebellum and about to explode outward, coating people around me with vaporized skull bits.  What causes these is a mystery.

At the moment, all seems well.  The next few hours will determine my fate…

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93 Responses to “Splitting”

  1. The Elite of Just Alright Says:

    You need some meds. Here, have this white powder that is definitely not crack. Some guy named John sold it to me. Said it’d work wonders.

  2. I will comment quietly, so as to not hurt your head further.

  3. Yikes! I got those kinds of headaches when I was pregnant, you’re not pregnant, are you?

    I hope you feel all un- jackhammer-of-Satan-like very soon!

  4. Welcome to my world – your “Satan’s Jackhammer” is my average …. Tuesday? Thursday? Whatever friggin’ day it is. 😉
    And trust the “white powder” I gave our young friend. For legality’s sake, um, let’s just call it “fortified aspirin”, ’cause it’s 325mg of acetaminophen. (It’s the 7.5 mg of “fortified” that’ll rock your world! 😀 )
    Oh, and technically, you’re affected by meteorological or ecological factors. Physics determines what the wind is made of and how it can move, meteorology determines which way the wind is blowing. This concludes your Sheldon Cooper moment of the day.
    Lotsa luck with the headache!

    • I’m sorry to hear about your pain – that really sucks, but explains your blog pauses.

    • I’ll vouch for that “white powder” if it’s the north-of-the-border-goodness I think it is. My late-not-hubby consistently got relief for his headaches (and other aches and pains) with it.

      Good luck fending yours off, Rants…

      • Working on it…

      • Not familiar with any white powdery goodness from Canuck land, Karen. Mine’s 7.5mg of Lortab/Vicodin/Hydrocodone. It’s the only stuff that works for me – all the “triptan” drugs make me violently ill.
        So what is this Northern miracle? Do I need to talk to my grampa Archon and ask for a care package? 😀
        Oh, and here’s hoping YOUR brain fits inside your skull today, ‘Rants. Mine, as usual, is trying to ooze out the ears and run down the sides of my head. (And people wonder why I shave my head…. 😉 )

        • We are suffering together I guess.

        • It’s an OTC called “AC&C” – Aspirin, Caffeine + 8mg. Codeine.
          Yours sounds way better for the way you guys are suffering, though.

          Unless – they’re side-effects of some combo of *other* meds you’re taking? (Just a a thought)

          • No other meds here, but I do know too much motrin will trigger a rebound headache.

          • NO CODEINE FOR MIGRAINES! Yes, I’m shouting! Worst thing in the world for migraines.

          • Not doing that…

          • No, in my case the headaches (technically “cluster headaches”, as they used to come in clusters then leave for a few years before returning) are the primary malady. I’ve had literally every type of test you can name, short of vivsection (not through any lack of trying on a couple doctors’ behalves). I’ve also tried numerous meds, and the only thing that works is Vicodin. I wouldn’t mind the ACC stuff for some of my other general aches and pains, but I usually have enough “tag-along” aspirin in me (the Vicodin comes with 325mg acetaminophen per dose) to address the little pains. I currently take about three 7.5mg Vicodin a day – back in 2002 at my worst, I was taking six 10mg pills, PLUS a second lower-strength pain reliever, PLUS two different types of muscle relaxants AND Valium. Can you say “zombie”?

          • I can only imagine. Mine don’t come close.

          • Count your ranty … butt lucky. 😉 😀

          • I do. 🙂

  5. Headaches blow. I bet my buddy Jack Daniels or my other buddy Jim Beam would help with that.

  6. Really hope you feel better – migraines are the worst. Wouldn’t wish those on anyone

  7. You forgot the ‘little demons in my head gleefully stabbing the backs of my eyeballs with their tiny pitchforks’ pain…or is that just me? Damn…

  8. Not pressing like to that. Are you feeling better?

  9. whiteladyinthehood Says:

    Well, that stinks. I know you’ve written about migraines before..hope you feel better! (I think I get stress headaches…I usually take an aspirin and grab a beer – my stomach lining is probably gone, but my headache will go away quickly) Maybe you should get some extra sleep.

  10. As someone who gets (too many) headaches, I can only empathize. There are good meds for migraines, etc. but it’s all just a world of pain that I wish would just go the fuck away. Feel better.

  11. Because of your headache I am being considerate & knocking persistently but quietly on wood – I once had a migraine that lasted 6 whole months! I lay in a dark, totally quiet room with tears soaking my pillow for days on end. I went to work with sunglasses on when they made it clear I might lose my job. I had every test known to man & tried every medication a neurologist or a psychiatrist could prescribe. Nothing worked! Until they tried me on a “old” medication (in conjunction with blood pressure medication so my blood pressure was so low I would faint at the drop of a hat) they don’t even use anymore because it has bad side effects. In my case, it increased my appetite to the point where I felt like there wasn’t enough food in the entire world & I gained a whole bunch of weight.
    Most of my migraines now happen in spring & fall when the barometric pressure starts doing somersaults.
    (Whispering) How’s your head now?

  12. I get the Jackhammer of Satan headaches too. The only thing that works are muscle relaxers. I’m not sure if that is because they stop my muscles from clamping on my skull or if it’s just because they knock me out like I’ve taken 16 Benedryl. In any case, I hope yours goes away!

  13. If the meds aren’t working – run a warm/hot bath, lay back with your head in the water with a wet washcloth on your eyes…it relieves the pressure. It is only temporary, but for me generally helps to stop the pounding and take the edge off…temporarily.

  14. Keep the faith and the acronym handy. Mom is an RN and she recommended the same thing to me.
    Sending positive non-satanic thoughts and the scent of lavender. The latter helps me relax when a satan-bopper comes to knock.
    Feel better!

  15. I like that name, Jackhammer of Satan—that’s exactly what those headaches feels like. I get migraines on occasion, I need to think of a suitable name for them. It feels kind of like demons opened up a combination swimming pool/dance club in your stomach and head. Not pretty.

    • Not at all. I always picture a facehugger from ‘Alien’ wrapped around the top of my spine and up the back of my brain, what there is of it.

  16. I’m a big fan of a palmful of Advil and coffee or coke.

    • Just beware of TOO much caffeine, especially since some pain relievers use a good dose of caffeine as an enhancer. Caffeine does help open up the blood vessels, if you pain throbs in time to your heartbeat.
      (The first time I got my headaches, the doc prescribed a drug called Caffergot. Silly me, I never stopped to think the “Caffe” part referred to caffeine. I also drink large quantities of strong tea. So there I am, taking to my boss at my first job, when she suddenly stops and asks if I’m okay. I looked down at my hand, resting on my knee, and it’s vibrating. I’m talking paint mixing machine type shaking! If I’d had springs in my shoes, I could’ve bounced myself the 20 miles from work to home. 😀 )

    • My motrin/Tylenol usually works if I catch it in time.

    • By the by, if I don’t catch you elsewhere, Happy Mother’s Day, Jamie! And to Momma Rants too, as well as all the other wonderful mothers out there. All my best!

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