HeadWise HeadWise: Volume 2, Issue - Page 10

reader mail You ask. We answer. you said it The Sick Headache “I recently discovered a copy of your magazine, and I am moved to write about my own experiences regarding migraines. I am a 74-year-old man, born in a small market town into a working class family in England, and have suffered with migraine as long as I can remember. When I was a child, such attacks were known as “sick headaches.” They would start with an odd odor in the nose, and then I would start to see vibrating semicircles that completely blurred my vision. Then one side of my face, usually the right side, would start to tingle and go numb. This feeling would move into the mouth and tongue, at which point I would invariably vomit, hence the “sick” part of the diagnosis. The numbness would then move into my arm and leg, by which time I would be lying down in a dark room, and my head would start to ache. The only treatment considered at that time was aspirin, which did no good. The symptoms would persist for up to three days, and I had very little sympathy from my family, siblings or parents, and certainly never a visit to a doctor. Even if my parents had known the word “migraine,” which they clearly didn’t, it would have been associated at that time with upper-class ladies, who in the romantic novels of the time were always retiring to their bedchambers with a migraine. “As I grew up, I learned to cope with these attacks, which happened at least once a month, and I would go and lie down in a dark room until it passed. As I got older, I realized what it was I suffered from and tried all the suggested remedies I read about. Finally I found the only one that worked, an over-the-counter tablet called Migraleve™. Taken at the start of the symptoms, the attack would be reduced to only two to three hours, after which I would be able to return to work, though still feeling fairly groggy for maybe a day or two. “When I was in my early 20s, I started keeping a food diary. I soon realized that a meal containing cheese would invariably be followed within 24 hours by a severe migraine, which was unfortunate as cheese had always been a big part of my diet. I gave up eating cheese, and sure enough the frequency of attacks diminished to only three to four a year. Q͔$ձѕɅѼɔѼѡ͵͔ͼͽѥ́хݽձɥɕѕȁɥɕݥ$͍ٕɕѡЁ͕ٕɔݽձ܁ȁ͹хє$ѕȁ͍ٕɕѡЁЁ݅́䁍͔ɽϊdѡЁ͕ѡɽͼ$ձՉѥєЁ͔ȁ͔ɽ͡ÊéUչѕ䰁٥ɕѱ䁵ٕѼMѠ ɽ$ЁեєձЁѼͽɍѡ͔͕̰ѡѕѼٕ䁕ͥٔ%Ё́ͼձаݡѥаѼ́ѡЁeЁՑ͔9܁Ѐаݡ$ЁɅхЁٕ́䁵Յ䁽ٕȁ́ѡȻtQQI9 ()͕ͥѥٔٽ́ѕѡЁɽ́ͽ́́ȁٕͥ́Ѽȁ̸͕ͥѥѡ͕ͥ́ЁȁԁٔͅѥѡɅɍٕ́ѡЁ́ɕɔ$ݽձЁѡЁɕɔ͕ͅѥ́ɔɥɽѡ́ݡɔѡͥ́́ͥѥٔɕɔѡɅ́ѡ̸͕ͥ$ٔѡЁͥ́ɕɔ́ѼЁɕѕݥѠͽͽЁхЁȁͅѕɽѡѕɽݽձݽɬٕȁ̰ݡɕ́ѡͅхЁݽձݽɬՍեȰѥձɱ䁥Ё́ͅɅ丁!ݕٕȰԁeЁ݅ЁѼ͔ͅɅ䁑хЁȁɔѡݼȁѡɕ́Ёѥ͔ԁɴѡѥٕѥԁeЁ͔аȁ͔Ёݕ́ѕ͡и%ԁ݅ЁѕɴɽٕЁɽѡɕɔԁձ͔ͅѕɽ́ȁͅѥхѤѽɥ́ɔٕ䁕ѥٔȁɕѥɥѥɽѡ̸͕ͥ%ӊéٕͥѡЁԁձɕЁѡѕȵ́ѡͥ́ɽѡٕ́ɕѥݥѠѡѤѽɥ̸+QYЁ5ѥ5Uٕͥ䁽 Ѥ 5 Ѥ()Q=<5U ===Q!%9)!܁ԁɕɕѥѕͥݥѡЁͥɕչQ1ݕ ()Iչ̰ȁѥٕ͔̰ɔѡɕձЁхѥѡЁ́ɽ́ݽ͔Q$͔ȁѥٕ́́ȵѥ饹ȁ̸Ёхٕѥȁ́ȁᅵȁхչЁѕͥɽ́쁉ЁɕȁѡձѡյѡЁѽՍѡ́ѡȁݥѠѡ()Ʌͱѕ́ѼͥՅѥݡɔɕٕ́ȁՅє͍ѥѡɽɕͥѡɕՕ䁽ͽ̸Q́ѕɕ͕́́ɅՅɕ͔ɕՕ䁽ٕȁݕ́ȁѡ̸Qٽѡ́ͥՅѥЁ͔ѥ́ѡЁݽɬѥٕ䁙ȁѕͥMՍѥ́ЁՑ9M%̰ɥхQЁ͔ѡ͔ѥ́ɥѱѼѼȁ́ȁѠ5ѥ́ѡЁх䁍䁄ȁɕչѕѥͼ$ɕѥ͔ѥ́ݥѠѼЁ́ȁѠ%ԁɕեɔɔɕՕЁɕѵЀԁɔ٥ԁȁɔ́ȁѠѡӊéѥѼɔѼɕٕЁѡ̸Q́ЁՑх䁵ѥՍ́ɥ履ЁхаԁѼѽɕѥѡѽ́хЁɕͥѡɔѥIչ́ɕ́ɽݥѠȁɍѥ͕̀Ԥ͔ѡ́܁́ѡɕ́Ѡɔѡѥٕ͔Ё̸$ɽɕٽɍѥ̸9Ё䁅ɔѡ䁹ЁѕȁѡɕѵЁѕͥЁѡ䁅ͼ䁄ɥͬɕչ+QIЁ-5Uٕͥ䁽A͉ɝA͉ɝ()!\Qԁȁ͡ɥȁѽݥѠ̄]eɔѼȁȁɅ́ٔ݅ḬԁݽձѼ͡ɔȁѽ䰁٥ͥЁܹݥ͕ɜ]͕]ɑ̸()ԁٔՕѥȁѡ9!MЁѼ̹ɜЁձȁȁЁՔ(()%ԁٔ́ȁ՝ѥ́Ё!]͔͕ѡѼ̹ɜȁЁѡѡ9!)ܹ̹ɜ9ѥ!չѥ((0