I have a diagnosis for all the pain I've been in on and off for the last few years... Cluster Headaches.
Sunday I was complaining of a headache that didn't get any better no matter how much water or caffiene I ingested. This isn't the first time I've had headaches, but I used to only get them at most once a month. Seemed to have something to do with my pill and the drop off of estrogen at the end of the cycle.
Well, I was starting to get suspicious that this was the only cause when I'd had another headache only THREE weeks earlier. When nothing seemed to help on Sunday and I basically tossed and turned all night because of the pain in my head, I decided to make a doctor's appt. when I finally got out of bed crying from the pain I was experiencing. And I mean CRYING...
I was happy to get an 8:40 appt with my doctor. John drove me because the light outside was too much for my eyes to take. So the doctor asked the usual questions and asked about the pill. She thought it was a good idea for me to come off it and see if that's what's causing the problem (she also suggested coming off caffiene too). Then she noticed something a little unusual about my face. The left side was swollen, my eyelid was droopy and when she tested my pupils the left one didn't seem to be responding to light. That information coupled with the fact that the most pain I was experiencing was over my left eye led her to the conclusion that I was suffering from cluster headaches. (http://www.webmd.com/content/article/46/1826_50688.htm
Just my luck, Cluster Headaches can be 100 times more intense than migraines... great. So she prescribed me a migraine medication that cost WAY more than I was expecting. I took one at 10 and for the next hour I wanted to die. The nausea was out of control and the top 1/2 of my body ached SO bad. By 11 I was out cold and slept until 4:30. It finally killed the pain enough that I could sleep. So Monday was a lost day. I felt a little better later on, but still had that nagging full forehead headache. Ibuprofen is my best friend these days.
I went to work on Tuesday, but only lasted until 1:30. The lights in the office and the constant chatter were taking their toll on my headache. I felt better this morning, but it's only now at 2:15 on Wednesday where I'd say I'm at 95%. I had a decaf mocha to try to trick my body, but who knows what's causing my headache today: caffiene withdrawal? female issues? left-over headache?
I'm just happy that I might actually be able to do something using my eyes this evening instead of spending it with a pillow, mask, or blanket over my face. I just hope I figure out what causes them and then make it go away. Cluster headaches suck and I hope I never have to go through that again.