OMG I haven't felt pain like the past 2 days in years. And I've never had a headache like this.
It started on Monday, I felt weak and tired and on the verge of fainting or collapsing at work so I left at 3:30. I came home and lay down for an hour or so, and when I got up just around five, my head was positively throbbing. I'm talking 8 or 9 out of 10. I took a Maxalt right away and thought I'd be fine as it usually works within an hour or so.... Right?
Wrong... I couldn't eat dinner. I couldn't even think about food. Hubby fended for himself with some soup. I had Gatorade and arrowroot cookies. I went back to bed around 8:30 and the pain was so bad I was bawling. Not "there's tears in my eyes" but "I can't control the tears streaming down my cheeks" pain. And I didn't want to cry because it doesn't help, usually just makes it worse.
I was up and down all night. Changing ice packs every two hours. A gravol to settle my stomache. And more Maxalt at 3 am. My head didn't hurt in the front above my eyes or in back around the spine it hurt ALL OVER! An overinflated balloon on the verge of exploding. Well by 7 am when my alarm went off I knew there would be no way I could go into work. So I called the HR department and left my boss a voicemail and changed my voicemail and crawled, almost literally, back to bed after calling hubby to say I would be staying home.
I don't know if I slept. I remember getting a fresh ice pack a couple of times before 11:30 when I called hubby to stop off at Walmart on his way home from work. I needed another ice pack to add to the rotation and more Gatorade. I wasn't eating anything so I was at least trying to stay hydrated. Hubby came home and we threw the now third in our collection of ice packs into the freezer. I grabbed a movie and an ice pack and snuggled into our bed and half watched, half dozed through Memoirs of a Geisha. I didn't care if I watched or slept. It was just on to distract my mind from the incessant pain.
My mum called, or I called her, I can't remember, about going to aquabics - that'd be a no. She told me to go back to bed and call her in a while. I took a third Maxalt in 24 hours (the maximum recommended) and lay down again until hubby came to bed around 8. I got up realizing I was kinda hungry.... Hmmm.... what to eat? Back to arrowroot cookies and more Gatorade. It is the only thing I could imagine stomaching. I called my mum and we discussed whether or not I should go to emerg for some iv drugs. I didn't want to go anywhere. Especially with our hospital on high screening for H1N1. I didn't want anyone else's germs. So back to bed with a fresh ice pack I went.
When I got up this morning, now 37 hours from the onset of my headache, it still raged. I had to have a shower. I nearly passed out doing so, but after a few minutes I felt level headed enough to make a decision not to drive to work. I called my sister in law and caught her as she headed out the door. We luckily live 6 blocks away from each other and work for the same law firm. She picked me up and off to work I went. I arranged with hubby to pick me up at noon; I knew I'd never make the full day with all the pain.
People who haven't experienced chronic pain don't understand what you're dealing with when you tell them you've had a headache for 2 days straight. Not, oh gee, my head's aching either. I'm talking my head is going to explode if anyone whispers too loudly or if there's a blink of light in the room. People at work are nice enough, but they just can't comprehend the effort it took me to not just stay in bed again today. I went in and did what was important and necessary. I feel very responsible for my duties at work and I'm not trying to shriek them. Hubby collected me at noon and I came home, had some toast!! (not just arrowroot cookies) and crashed for another hour or so.
By the time supper rolled around I felt alright enough to have some chicken noodle soup and boiled some pasta for hubby. My head has finally eased to about a 2 / 10 and I can actually say that I feel marginally better. But after the last 48 hours, any less pain is a vast improvement.