Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bad Day

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.


Anonymous said...

I have gone to Emergency for a migraine before; it was that bad. So I understand why you thought "aneurism". Feel better soon. I am glad it went away.

MargieAnne said...

Sorry. It seems like one thing on top of another.

Hope you feel better tomorrow and eat as lightly as you can. Maybe keep to broth for 24 hours. It's silly to force food on yourself when your body is rejecting it ..... that is except for essentials so you can take medication.

It might pay to forget about Medifast for three more days but make sure you don't go over board on sugar, fruit and starches.

You know your own body well. Take time to listen but the most important thing is to feel well again. You have too much going on around you to stay sick so do take care. ..... asI know you really do.


Lyn said...


it really *was* that bad! Sorry you have also suffered.


thank you :)

Steelers6 said...

Oh my word, what a day!! I wonder if it is part cyclical? (To be personal!!) I can get a headache on my period, but not a migraine. Ow!!

Take 'er slow tomorrow. I know that's hard since you missed a whole day. I'm sure a lot awaits your attention. Hope you sleep well tonight!!

Lyn said...


yes! In fact I was wondering tonight if it had to do with hormones. I started my cycle this week.

I went to sleep on the couch not long after 8:15 tonight so I could get up and let the dogs out at 10:30. Doing that now and having some water myself, reading a bit, then going back to bed.

Estela Rosales said...

My doctor has administered oxygen for 30 minutes when I go in with a huge migraine, it takes the headache away.

Anonymous said...

Have you considered that you are not getting enough vitamins and nutrients? Given how frequently sick you are, perhaps you need more than the RDA. Especially with regard to headaches - make sure you are getting enough magnesium and water.

Karen said...

Research low carb & grain free options when sick. The voice in my head says eat carbs. That's my disease and slippery slope thinking popping out to mess with me. Indulging in the voice keeps me emotionally unwell. Hope you can ditch the headache. Migraines are terrible.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Oh dang, that sounds AWFUL! Glad it was getting a bit better and hope by today you feel 100% better.

So sorry you had to go through that!

Lori said...

Oh, I am so sorry you had to go through that on top of everything else.

I'm glad you are some better. I hope by the time you read this you are 100%.

Anonymous said...

Hormonal migraines are a b**ch!! I'm now seeing a neurologist to try and get a grip on my chronic migraines - Botox and Topamax are helping, but even they can't do much against the migraines that come with my cycle. Take it easy today - rebounds are common if you push it.

Lyn said...

Thanks for the kind words, all. I slept until 8 (unheard of! I slept right through the whining dogs), then got my daughter to school, fed the dogs and came home completely wiped out. Laid down for an hour with Excedrin. Having ginger tea now.


last week I was looking on Mark's Daily Apple for what to eat when sick, and he suggested bone broth. I was not able to keep much volume down and it didn't help the queasiness. I wonder if there is a gluten free option that works similarly to saltines? Do you have any ideas? A few nibbles on a saltine help me keep meds down. I am trying to find a gluten free substitute.

Karen said...

Any gluten free cracker that you can tolerate. Rice based ? Get practice telling your health care providers." Gluten makes me sick, I am sensitive'". Also train your kids to tell your healthcare provider that.

If a picture of the skull and cross bones does not pop up when someone tells you to eat a wheat product - retrain yourself.

Wendy said...

Just gotta tell ya Lyn. As someone who weighs (this morning) 299.4 pounds. I've enjoyed reading your blog and seeing you lose weight & also seeing your little girl grow up. There's hope for me yet.

Evangelista Nick said...

Poor you, I have never had a migrane but it must be terrible! I wish there was a good medicine for it! There is nothing to prevent it?

Lyn said...


I get them so infrequently, and never THIS bad, that I'd generally just taken the edge off with Excedrin. A decade ago when I was having them more often, I took a prescription migraine drug; I don't remember the name of it, but it had cardiac problems as a possible side effect and my cardiologist thought it best not to continue that drug, since the migraines were fairly manageable without it.