Anatomy of a heat migraine: From throbbing cranium to alimentary canal
I had a terrible migraine yesterday, caused by the summer heat. It all started in the afternoon when my lower lip had a small ulcer, followed by a feeling of light-headedness at the top of my skull. All classic signs of a possible heat migraine about to come.
Normally, most tension headaches are caused by tight muscles in the neck, shoulder, or trapezius region. Normally, I would be able to massage the headache away by releasing these tight muscles. But today, this was a heat migraine. No amount of massaging would work.
I drank some extra water and laid in bed to catch up on some wrestling…
3pm: Light-headedness has turned into aching pains. Drink more water, watch a bit more wrestling.
5pm: Unable to finish wrestling, lie down in bed for awhile to try and sleep off the pain.
6pm: Ate dinner, but felt like absolute crap. Head pounding like a jackhammer now.
7pm: Watch some YouTube videos to try and relax my brain into falling asleep early.
9pm: Woken up by getai concert somewhere in my neighbourhood.
Now, normally I would be upset at having my sleep disrupted, but this was a festival occasion to celebrate the seventh month. I didn’t mind. Drank more water and watched a bit more YouTube to try and fall asleep again.
1am: Woken up by the sound of the wind blowing through my bedroom and hitting the door. They say that during great times of crisis, especially when the body is experiencing an incredible amount of stress (or an incredible amount of headache pain), our senses attain a higher level of awareness. Somehow in the dead of night, I was being kept awake by the sound of the midnight wind.
2am: Unable to fall asleep for over an hour. Decided to reach for the cold pack in the freezer. Applied it to my skull for about 10 minutes.
The relief only lasted very briefly but somehow I was able to return to dreamland.
7am+: Wake up for work, it’s the weekend so I could work from home. Headache feels… slightly better. But there’s still a lingering feeling of nausea, like my brain is stuck in recovery limbo. Not as bad as the night before, but not fully healed.
8am+: Finally had no choice but to reach for the panadol. I hate resorting to painkillers, it should be an absolute last resort. But I needed relief because it was affecting my work.
10am: Nature calls and I needed to expel my bowels. By some brilliant design of the human alimentary canal, the moment I finished my business I felt instant relief in my head. It still felt sore, but the throbbing was totally gone. No more pain.
Or maybe it was the panadol taking effect.
So what was the moral of the story of this utterly useless blog post?
Drink lots of water during the summer heat to stay hydrated Passing motion is good for you Migraines are the worst