I’m very aware of my non-posting, my non-commenting and my non-reading of blogs over the last couple of weeks.

Ever since my op I’ve been saddled with an awful headache. I’ve been trying out various drugs and theories with the doctors. Some medications have offered (very) short-term relief.

As you might gather, I’m not the happiest bunny in the warren.

In fact, you may prefer to call me grumpy, bad-tempered, weepy or even ‘the evil one’ by now.

My only defence is: it’s been 16 days.

However, that doesn’t stop me feeling very sorry, for each member of my family.

To all of you who so kindly take the time to read and comment on this blog:I’ve decided to take some more time out for a short while until I’m feeling properly well again.


50 thoughts on “Headache”

  1. I was wondering about your extended silence. I really hope you feel better. Lots of time pills we take cause side effects like headaches, so maybe you want to look at that. I also recently realized that when I sleep the whole night on my right side, I wake up with a tremendous tension headache that won’t go away the whole day. So maybe you want to look at that too. Anything could possibly help. Good luck finding a remedy because it’s really a pain.

    1. I have to take several medicines daily (asthma/Crohn’s) but I didn’t find any headache side effects on them. I’m a really wriggly sleeper but I think I rarely sleep on my side. I can only fall asleep on my tummy. (Was a bit of a hiccup when I was pregnant ;-)).

      I’m off to see an acupuncture specialist tomorrow. My doctor hopes she can help me. I think I’m also going to ask for a referral to a neurologist and if that doesn’t work I’ll look for a chiropractor. Another possibility I thought could be my teeth – ? Sometimes something happens to them during an operation. I said so on the paperwork I had to sign.

  2. I do hope you are feeling better soon. It will get better even though now it doesn’t seem so. Shortly after I had my (similar surgery) my granddaughter (this was years ago now) had to go to the ER and I was needed. Standing stooped over with a little one clutching your hand when you would rather be in bed…well, just let’s say it was an experience I haven’t had again and don’t want to…as much as I love my granddaughter. Take care.

    1. Your story reminded of a previous (really bad) headache I had. It was really hot and stormy, my head really, really, hurt and my daughter suddenly became very ill. She was rushed to hospital with what turned out to be meningitis. She was very, very ill (in hospital for 10 days) and those first days I could barely leave her side. My head was really hurting and that was made worse by the heat in the hospital, the anxiety in me and the little opportunity I had to get myself a drink and none to get painkillers.
      As you say, you just push on through.
      I’m sure that your granddaughter really appreciated you being there.

  3. Dear sweet Sarsm—i hope you are feeling better soon. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Take care of you….I hope you and the docs and whoever are able to solve this quickly.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear you are still suffering after your op. I really hope your headache disappears and you feel back to normal soon. Quite right not to look at a screen too much. Take care of you.

  5. Sorry to hear about your headaches. As sufferer of regular headaches I can sympathise with how crap they make you feel.

    As Kim says – none of us are going anywhere. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way and hope you’re feeling better real soon

  6. Many sympathies. Poor you.

    I agree with Perfecting Motherhood, and sleeping posture is an important one frequently overlooked. Physio could possibly help to ‘untrap’ something and advise?

    1. actually, having just re read you last post, I think physio may be a good idea anyway…. with your shoulder position problem, makes me wonder if you have a trapped nerve (?)

      1. Oh, Pseu, you’re sooooo on to something! OK, here’s my guess. Sarah, while you were under anesthesia, your head and neck were in an awkward position (maybe to make it easier for the anesthesiologist and the breathing tube). When you woke up, you had a muscle pulled or a nerve pinched. Since then, things haven’t moved back in place and that’s what’s causing your constant headache.

        So physical therapy, massages of your neck, anything to make things move around in that area will help release whatever is stuck there.

        I really hope you get to feel better soon. Living in pain daily is no fun.

      2. I should take you with me to the doctor. 😉

        My husband has been massaging my neck (including with a really powerful machine). But no luck so far. Tomorrow I’m going to see someone about acupuncture. I will be telling her I’m demented now. I’ll also tell her I haven’t been sent to a neurologist for proper checks (they check your neck too).

        The pain is one problem. But I’m having real problems concentrating. Also, I have no patience left.

        It’s now 19 days.

      3. If the acupuncture is not going to work I’m going to insist on a referral to a neurologist – who will also check my neck.

        My husband has been massaging my neck and I’ve also been using heat pads to relieve my neck. I don’t think it’s a trapped nerve because I’ve had that before and the pain feels different… I’m at the doc again tomorrow. I’ll talk to her about the different possibilities. And I’ll mention the physio!

    2. I do have pain in my neck, but only since the sixth day of the headache. The doctor believes that because I’m now so stressed with the pain in my head, my neck is now full of tension. They gave me really strong muscle relaxants to deal with the problem. I had two days relief from neck pain and then it came back. Despite having to take the medication for a week. The next doctor said, the neck pain is secondary, we have to treat the primary pain which is the headache and then the pain in the neck will automatically go away. He gave me extremely strong migraine medication which knocked me so far sideways, my son wanted to call me an ambulance and my daughter called my husband and told him to come home. The head pain deserted me for less than a day but the next day was even worse than when I started the medication.

      Tomorrow I’m being sent for acupuncture.

      1. Why? Are you throwing eggs around? 😉

        Hang in there Sarah, it will pass! Or are you pestered by a Balrog? Then it will be a different case and we have to call Gandalf.

        Oh I know about migraines damn, this is not good sweetie. Nineteen days… I do hope the doc / acupuncture / physio can do something to relieve the pain.

  7. I hope that you’re feeling better. I see that your post was from three days ago. I’m hoping that you have three extra days of energy and are now bouncing off the walls…


    1. Hey Jamie,

      Nope. Still got the headache. Day 23 today. BUT I tried acupuncture on Wednesday, and since then there is a difference. So I’m going back for more next week. On the plus side too, since I had the acupuncture, I do have more energy.

      1. Thanks. I don’t think I can. She’s only there Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. That would firstly mean two consecutive days and secondly I can’t do afternoons as I have the little one. I don’t mind taking her to the doctors but I certainly couldn’t close my eyes and relax for thirty minutes. And I guess she would freak out at me having needles stuck in my face!!

    1. Thank you!! I tried acupuncture on Wednesday, for the first time and Wednesday ended up being a really great day. I felt more energetic (fantastic side effect) and I had hardly any pain all day.Such a relief. The following day it came back again, but so far, it’s not as bad as before. I have another appointment next week and I’m hoping that take it away completely. 🙂

  8. Hey, this sounds bad, this op. You’ve only ever commented my way occasionally, but enough for me want to cruise by you every now & then and see how you are. Sorry about the op, whatever it is and SERIOUSLY hoping the headache goes, & hoping you’re all good.

    1. Hey! Thanks very much. I still have it. Today is day 26 and I’m having more than the odd ARGH!!!! moment. But tomorrow I’m back for more acupuncture. Which helped a bit last week, so I’m hoping it will again.
      Thanks for your comment.

  9. Got confused for a minute, thought you’d fallen over and were freekily reliant on your parents to sort it – now I realise it was a memory. Hope your op (negative) effects are over pretty soon whilst the positive effects remain. 😉
    Have a happy Christmas, I can’t think of a better place to be, all that Gluwein and stollen.

    1. Thank you!!!

      I’m really looking forward to Christmas (but I’m missing out on the Glühwein at the Christmas Markets because of my damn head – though I have wondered if getting totally sozzled could actually fix it?). Merry Christmas to you too!

      1. Sarsm: you mentioned seeing a neurologist. He/she may help, but meanwhile, try seeing your dentist, and ask about TM joint syndrome. My OH cured several patients of chronic headache by adjusting the height of fillings etc to align the joint. Meanwhile, I hope you are having a better time of it.

      2. You are the first person to mention the dentist (if I remember correctly) and funnily enough I had been thinking of that myself. It’s not very long since I went, but I even thought something might have happened with my teeth during the op. It mentions it on the form you have to sign. If I have no joy with the neurologist and the headache continues, I’ll give it a try. Thanks Viv!!

  10. Sorry to hear of your lasting headache. What kind of anesthesia did they give you? Did they give you any kind of spinal? Sometimes those things can cause a headache that is very difficult to get rid of. I hope you will be feeling better soon.

    1. Strangely, I found your comment in spam!! It’s better than it was, but still there, unfortunately. I’m off to the neurologist on Wednesday. Hopefully he can sort me out!! 🙂

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