Well, I've never had a headache quite like that
This morning, I got to work with a headache. By about 9, is was pretty bad. I took some ibuprofen and hoped it would go away. It didn't. By about 11, light was hurting my eyes. After lunch, everything seemed too bright. More ibuprofen at about 1 didn't help, and by 2 I was spending more time with my eyes closed than open. Looking at paper was extremely uncomfortable- it seemed like it was extremely bright white paper! Right as I was deciding that maybe it was time to ask to go home, T came over and asked me if I needed to go home. I nodded and was out the door in about 5 minutes. I put on my sunglasses and put down my sun visor (cloudy gray day as it was, it was too much light for me) and drove home in a daze. Home was the best thing ever. I laid down in my dark bedroom and pulled the blankets over my head and my eyes said "YES THANK YOU" and I fell asleep in a few minutes. I woke up at about 6:30 feeling right as rain.
Had some weird dreams. I was a spy, cutting up walls and ceilings trying to get into a girl's room upstairs from the room I was in, and finally someone helped me get in there and I found tapes of myself. Apparently the girl I was trying to spy on had been spying on me.
I think it was a non-aura migraine. According to Dr Wikipedia
, these are the signs of a "Migraine without Aura":
1. Headache attacks lasting 4-72 hours when untreated
2. At least two of the following characteristics:
* Unilateral location
* Pulsating quality
* Moderate or severe pain intensity
* Aggravation by or causing avoidance of routine physical activity
3. During the headache there must be at least one of the following associated symptom clusters:
* Nausea and/or vomiting
* Photophobia and phonophobia
Well, the sucker lasted at least 6 hours, was definitely more on my right side, was pulsating viciously, like a drill against my temple but it also hurt all over my right side of my head, and fell on the "moderate" part of the scale ("inhibits, but does not wholly prevent usual activities"). I don't know about anything with physical activity aggravating it, but I definitely didn't want to move at all. There was some work I just didn't do because it would have involved going to the copier. And whoa photophobia.
Of course, there's also a chance that's not what it was- I was not completely debilitated like most migraine sufferers report- I mean, I was able to function, albeit at a very limited capacity, and photophobia is not a new thing for me. I've always been a least a little bit sensitive to light. The sun is evil, and I always have to turn down the brightness of computer monitors. My light sensitivity has always been made worse by headaches. It could very well have been just a really really really bad headache.
So who knows. All I really know for sure is that I don't want any more headaches like that. I also know that if I had Menstrual Migraines every month I would probably kill every male on the face of the earth before removing my uterus with a rusty spoon.