I get headaches. A lot.
I’ve tried medication, physiotherapy, acupuncture (painful on the NHS), kept a food diary, too. No joy. Earlier this week, after a 10 month wait on the NHS, I had my third appointment with a different consultant neurologist. He told me it’s just bad luck that my brain is wired in a way that leaves me more sensitive to triggers, and referred me back to my GP to get another prescription of Propanolol, taking the daily tablet at a higher dose than I tried a couple of years back. If it still doesn’t work, there are three or four alternative medicines to try (not Amitriptyline, though — tried it, no effect except bad dry-mouth).
Frederick Meijer Gardens sculpture, photo via Migraine Chick
Although I’ve yet to find my own cure, these common sense things help.
Water. At least four or five pints a day.
Exercise. Daily, even if it’s just 30 minutes.
Breaks. At least 5 minutes away from the computer, every 45 minutes.
Another thing: 4head. On-the-shelf mild relief.
I mostly work through the headaches, otherwise I’d get nothing done. A few days each month I might need to stop everything, but I always remember the positives about what I do, and where I am, then look to others like Juan Magdaraog, a web developer fighting against Pompe disease for 20+ years.
Puts things into perspective.