Tonight my left eye is pulsating with a fierce vengence against my two days of fairly decent life.  I’ve tried to not take anything for the migraines the past week internally, relying upon heat, cold, and tiger balm.  Sleeping them off seems to be the best thing.  I took a short nap before going out to play trivia with some friends but it didn’t help.  I even tried drinking caffeinated soda but no luck.  Sigh.

I have a lot of pictures over the past few years ever since I got a digital camera.  Sometimes when I have my screensaver on random I look back and think, that is when I was headache-free.  Other times I look at how fat I was.  :D  I think to 2003 to determine what I changed in my life to start these headaches and nothing comes up.  It’s very strange.  I rarely use my cell phone, so it can’t be RF interference (i.e. cell phone cancer).  I don’t sit next to the microwave.  I don’t inhale toxic mold.  I don’t do drugs (well illegal ones) and I don’t each strange exotic foods.  I have even kept a food diary, changed my diet, and stopped smoking regularly.  Nothing seems to affect the headaches.  Even my neurologist is stumped.

The even stranger thing is that I was headache free for a few months last year and took myself off of Topamax as I’ve mentioned.  Weirdness is all I can equate it too.  Heck, I’ve even checked on moon and solar cycles.  Nada in common.

I’m hoping to change my daily surroundings sometime soon with a different job.  I wonder if something in the building there has caused a buildup of some toxin (probably stress).  I need a change of some sort and that may be it!  I also need to get my annual eye checkup and this time I am going to go to an eye doctor, not someone in the mall.  Wouldn’t that be crazy if it were my left eye this whole time with some weird thing the 10 minute exam never caught?

Categories: Headaches


I'm a 20-something full time geek, part time student and photographer with a life partner, dog, house, and the two cars. I also have an ice pick in my left temple every day.


laura · January 21, 2006 at 2:43 PM

hi there
I stumbled across your blog when I was looking up headache resources online. I’m 19 and have been suffering from chronic headaches for the last 2 years. It began as infrequent headaches (say every other day or so), and I was diagnosed as needing glasses for reading. This initially helped, so I thought my trouble was over, but a few months later the headaches returned on a daily basis. Somehow I managed to get through school exams and managed to finish school, as my headaches seemed to come on when I woke up, but get better as the day progressed. However, I have since had a year out, working, and the headaches are now daily, and have been so for the last year. It is a constant feeling of tension, a sharp pain in the right side of my head. I was put on amitriptyline earlier this year and was headache free for 4 months – it was bliss! But then it stopped working, and just in time for starting uni in a few weeks time, great!
I find reading a challenge because the sharp pain, although often mild, does intensify when I concentrate. How do u cope with assignments and exams with the constant burden of head pain? Ibuprofen ofren helps, but I dont want to take it every day as I know that can cause rebound headaches.
E-mail me back if you like, I would just like to talk to someone in a similar situation to me, to discuss coping strategies. Only a few of my close family and ffriends know about my chronic pain, unfortunately its hard for people to understand what it’s like.

Artin · January 22, 2006 at 2:10 AM

Do you notice more pain when reading on a computer or does it happen with books as well? I know that some people have serious issues with computer screens because your eyes have difficulty focusing on the edges of letters. I’ve noticed that I easily get eye fatigue working on a computer all day. Flat-panel/LCD monitors seem to be better for me, but it depends on the quality of it. Have you been to a eye doctor to have them check optic nerve health or anything like that? I need to. I don’t agree with just having to go to a pain clinic when I know there is something more to the pain than just dealing with it.

I agree on the Ibuprofen; too much of that can kill your stomach and your liver. I seem to build a tolerance to any one pain reliever over time too.

Tracie · January 27, 2006 at 7:43 PM

Hi I also have recently found these great blogs and feel I am no longer suffering alone out there. I have been on Topamax for 2yrs. I am up to 125mg am and 125mg pm. I researched and found that taking Stress B complex vitamins has taken the tingling away. I can tell when I forget to take it. My hands and feet get colder faster and the hurt when they start to warm up but that is a small price to pay to have less headaches. Plus I loss 10lbs. I take daily vitamins, and seem to have had no other problems. My neuro said I can stay on them forever if needed. When I do have my days of pain I wonder if this is what the rest of my life will be, and then they say that migrainers and depression go hand and hand, gee I wonder why.

Jerry maguire · July 27, 2006 at 1:36 AM

I thing you are taking too much rtension which produces headache. tyr to be tension free and be cool man. let your mind stretch out and relaxed.

Chels · August 15, 2007 at 9:20 AM

I am having the same problem as Laura. I have been having headaches since November of 2006 the doctor put me on amitriptylin also. It seemed to work for a while then stopped. Now the doctor has me on Amitriptylin and Propranolol, which so far hasn’t helped either. I still get a sharp intense pain on the right side of my head but they don’t last very long, and I get normal length headaches too. The head pain is almost a daily visitor.

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