December 28th, 2008

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My Headache

Some of you who know me, know that I have a headache, that has lasted for the last several years, waxing and waning in strength. Most of the time, I forget it's there, but if anything reminds me, I check, and yeah, there it is. And sometimes I don't need to be reminded, it reminds me itself.

Like right now.

What's odd is that it's changed sides, originally on the left side of my head and face. Now it's on my right.

I have no idea what causes it, or influences it's strength. It's weakly correlated with changes in the seasons, in the weather, and with travelling.

My doctor is stumped, as is a whole array of specialists. I know it's not a tumor or anything like that, I have a whole array of fun MRI images of the inside of my head to prove that.

The process of coming up with this null diagnosis taught me a fancy word: "idiopathic", which is medical latin jargon for "damned if we know".

One theory is that I may be one the luckyest sufferers of a cluster headache. If so, I am humbly grateful, because the nickname for the condition is "suicide headache".

It's nowhere near that bad for me, even right now, but it's really really not pleasant at all.