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Head case

Starting the day with a headache is, for me, a pretty good indicator that the day is going to be unpleasant. And I have two types of headaches that I sometimes get upon waking.

The first is a "headboard headache." I get that when I sleep too "high" on the bed and have my head pushed up against a pillow, which is pressed against the headboard. The pressure on the top of my head (which, I must confess, has considerably less "padding" than in my younger days) gives me an unpleasant headache.

The second I call "light headedness." It comes from falling asleep while reading, so I sleep -- and then wake -- with a light shining in my eyes. It's a distinct form of headache.

It's worse when I get both.

Like today.

They both tend to pass within a half an hour or so of waking, but they're usually a bad omen for the day to come.



Comments (14)

I figured this would mentio... (Below threshold)
Jay:

I figured this would mention pollen and sinuses. He says, typing this while hanging out for a bit while his head clears before trying to get a little more sleep.

Ibuprofen with large glass... (Below threshold)
Mark:

Ibuprofen with large glass of water....

I live with a headache. It... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

I live with a headache. It's the days I don't have one that are special.

Put a timer on your light a... (Below threshold)
kim:

Put a timer on your light and try one of those pillows that is butterfly shaped.
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Other than migraines, which... (Below threshold)

Other than migraines, which I thankfully haven't had since I had a grade 4 concussion in 5th grade, sinus headaches are the worst. Then, of course, there is the dreaded brain freeze.

Oyster: You live with a hea... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Oyster: You live with a headache? Did Lee move in?

A small dog at the head of ... (Below threshold)

A small dog at the head of your bed might help and walk while you read or would this lead to a new headache from sleepwalking?
Ted Wallace

Old Coot: lol!... (Below threshold)

Old Coot: lol!

You know what gave me a hea... (Below threshold)
kim:

You know what gave me a headache this morning? Oak Leaf linked to Lee's baloney about the Flappy Eagle, and to No Quarter, Larry Johnson's disinformation.

If he doesn't straighten out, I may stoop to ridicule. Oak Leaf needs an intervention.
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Complete cure for it J'--pu... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Complete cure for it J'--pull a "Rosie".

I got it. You read propped... (Below threshold)
kim:

I got it. You read propped against the head of the bed, so when you fall asleep you are too high up in the bed. Set up several pillows or a bolster behind you so that when you fall asleep you have more room. Alternatively read curled up on your side. Also, a timer for the light.

Those are unusual headaches, uncommon but not rare causes.
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Wow, all the trolls went no... (Below threshold)
epador:

Wow, all the trolls went north and ignored this one. Maybe they were afraid of being recognized for the headaches they are.

Headaches are also a symptom of sleep apnea. If you snore, wake up feeling poorly rested, with a headache, you should ask for a referral for a sleep study if one hasn't been done. Let's hope the CPAP machine is not the cure you need.

If it's the cure, CPAP is a... (Below threshold)
kim:

If it's the cure, CPAP is a blessing, a relief, and a wonder. Not unlikely DX, Doc, if he's pushed against the head of the bed on awaking. But then, a change of positioning on reading in bed would be the cure.
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Kinda personal, but with a ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Kinda personal, but with a webcam, epador and I might be able to figure you out. Sort of an internet sleep study. Hey, patent it epador. You only have to be smart once in your life.
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