Today was hellish. I got up with a headache, but figured it would go away if I just stayed on plan and took some Tylenol. I had a liquid Medifast meal for breakfast, even though I was a little nauseous as I have been for several days. Well, the Tylenol did not work one iota. The headache and nausea got worse. It felt like a one-sided, supremely intense migraine and I thought I was going to hurl. I wretched a few times and the headache continued to get worse. I tried to lie down for awhile in the dark and rest, but my stomach was rebelling. By 1:00 I thought I might be having an aneurysm. It was the worst headache I have ever had. So I called a nurse. She talked to me for about 20 minutes, carefully going over symptoms and possibilities. In the end, she thought it was most likely a bad migraine and the pain was causing the nausea, or it was a virus. She called a pharmacist and conferred with him about the fact that I had taken meloxicam last night, and then they told me to go ahead and take 2 extra strength Excedrin (my usual helper for migraines) and lie down with a warm compress over my eyes for one hour. She told me to have someone wake me and check on me in one hour, and if the "edge wasn't taken off" the pain, to go to the ER. She also said I needed to try to get something in my stomach to be able to keep the pills down and suggested a few saltines.
I did as directed and was able to get a half a saltine and a sip of water down and then had to really fight my body trying to puke up the pills for about 20 minutes, but I kept them down. After an hour had passed, the edge was off, just barely. It was still just as bad if I stood up. So I laid there for another hour and a half, and then the nausea had mostly abated. I nibbled a few more saltines and sipped water, sat down here thinking I would do a little reading, but after 5 minutes my head was hurting again so I laid back down.
Well, finally it is almost 6pm and I just had a cup of plain chicken broth and a Clementine. The nausea is gone and the headache is quite tolerable... like 1/4 of what it was. I guess it was just a horrible migraine, maybe exacerbated by the sickness I had all week. If it gets that bad again, I am going to see a specialist.
I am wiped out. Going to bed as early as possible tonight, and lying down a lot in the meantime.
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