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I have the worst headache I have ever had in my entire life. No exaggeration. Tylenol actually seems to have made it worse.


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Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Well shit. =/

I hope it doesn't last much longer. *hugs*
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Excedrin is the only thing that works for me. Which is a combo of aspirin, tylenol & caffeine. Tylenol alone, and Advil don't do anything for my headaches.

Hope it passes quickly!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
This was what I took for my migraines before I knew they were migraines. Works wonders. I hope you feel better soon Beth!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Ouch! You aren't dehydrated are you? It is easy to forget to take care of your self with a wee one.

Sending healing/no hurty vibes.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
I'd speak to or call a physician. It could be hormone related since your body is still going through all the changes with motherhood. But, rest well and feel better soon. *sends healing thoughts*
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Owie, sending much good health your way:/
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
I don't mean to alarm you, but general medical advice says, often in precisely those words, that you should call a doctor if you're having "the worst headache you have ever had in your entire life". Just please keep an eye on it or something, okay?
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
I second the recommendations to see a doctor, but I'd also add that migraines often defeat normal painkillers, so it could just be that - even if you don't normally get them. I never used to have migraines, and then suddenly started getting them around age 40.

Apparently, it's not unusual to develop them when the body is dealing with major hormonal changes - such as in my case perimenopause, and in yours - well, the obvious. :-)

If you're not sure if it's a migraine or not, a few common signs are: the pain is concentrated on one side of your head (the word migraine literally means "half a head"); it usually starts from the back, around the base of your skull, and is often preceded by a knot of muscle tension in the neck or shoulder on that side; and is usually (though not always) accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound (and sometimes scent as well, which I guess would especially suck for you). Sometimes it's also accompanied by nausea.

Any of that sound like what you've got?
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
You've been given good advice here, and it does sound like a call to the doctor may be in order - but I second the "are you sure you're not dehydrated?" comment and would also add, "have you had enough to eat?" I got frequent hunger/thirst headaches in the early postpartum days - the combination of lack of sleep, lack of opportunity to keep myself nourished, and the caloric demands of nursing a newborn would really do a number on me.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Caffeine, water, protein, and sleep are usually what helps when I'm in that boat.
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Oct. 3rd, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Ugh. And I bet the debate made it even worse!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
All good advice here. Water, water, water is SO important when you're nursing. That said, a call to your doctors office would be a really good idea. Mostly, I just wanted to say I hope you feel better soon! *hugs*
Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Tylenol never does a thing for my headaches. Can you take Advil.ibuprofen while you're nursing?
As suggested above, as unappealing as it might sound given the head pain, a quick romp does indeed often work wonders when it comes to getting rid of headaches. Even bad ones. Aside from that, use something minty on all your pulse points and breathe deeply. Like you don't know that already, but bad headaches have a tendency to make it hard to think clearly.

Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Beth, did you have any blood pressure issues during your pregnancy? I did w/my last, and a rise in my b.p. almost always came packaged w/a headache.

Beyond that, the words "worst headache of my life" scare the shit out of me, esp if you are a person who is not normally prone to bad headaches. Go to the E.R. if water, Advil (which is safe during nursing) and a protein-heavy snack don't help, or if your hands or feet are swollen.

PLEASE go if you don't get relief, or haven't already!
Oct. 3rd, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
No advice.
"Fuck thayat!!"
"Feel better soon!"

gentle hugs -
gentle licks -
Gracie (of the healing tongue)
and Charlie (plain ol' love tongue)
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