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Headaches - Qualified Perceptions
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So, I have kind of gotten used to my body neglecting to wake me if I'm over-hot, and giving me a headache instead. Stupid body, but I'm used to it. What I think is terribly unfair of it is sending the warning signals into my dreams. "Oh no! You're putting the colored headache boxes on stage for the wrong play! You have to get them off, but they don't fit backstage, so you have to keep swapping them around!" I eventually wake up from the dream, frustrated that I couldn't stack the headache boxes correctly and sure if I had just been more competent at it, I wouldn't have a headache. Plus, there's the persistent feeling that the fix is not "get a cold washcloth and take some Advil" but "get the damn boxes stacked properly", and that just doesn't help.

Bah.

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greenlily From: greenlily Date: July 18th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! I keep dreaming that I can't find the car parts for Shakespeare Lives and the whole play won't make sense.
ringrose From: ringrose Date: July 18th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

May sound obvious but...

Are you getting enough water before/during the night?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: July 18th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: May sound obvious but...

I'm pretty confident that it's not dehydration. I can't entirely tell whether it's always temperature dysfunction -> headache or at least sometimes mystery cause -> migraine -> temperature dysfunction. I can reliably trigger it by going to bed cold and huddling up in the down comforter when I fall asleep, but there's the rarer case where I'm not very enblanketed and still wake up way too hot, which is possibly hormone-fluctuation-related.
twe From: twe Date: July 18th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a very funny story, if you're not actually suffering from the headache.
merastra From: merastra Date: July 19th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh! :-) Yeah, that's pretty funny. ;-)

I get similar things in regards to the waking up and being *convinced* that I *need* to do XYZ when in fact, all I really need to do is switch to the lighter blanket and maybe turn on the fan. Even though my (barely) conscious rational self knows it's a dream, my entire being *wants* to do the dream thing.

Though I don't get the cool semi-lucid hints that you do. 'Headache boxes', wow! :-)
jaedian From: jaedian Date: July 19th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

crazy dreams

I get those sorts of dreams. For me it was always need to go to the bathroom. I would feel like I need to go to the bathroom in my dream and hunt for a bathroom. (sometimes hard to find in various dreams) Of course I would use the bathroom in my dream, and then I would need to use the bathroom again and another hunt for a restroom would ensue.

It is a superbly annoying dream, as I might hunt 3-5 times. But I finally realized that I needed to wake myself up and actually use the bathroom in real life! At least needing to pee is an easily resolved state once awake.

My other weird dream to real life transitiion, was in the middle of a dream I said to someone, it is 8:30 I need to wake up. And it really was 8:30 when I awoke moments later. (and I did need to be awake)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: July 19th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: crazy dreams

It is a superbly annoying dream, as I might hunt 3-5 times.

Hee! And like the headache boxes, definitely funny as a later story. :)
jaedian From: jaedian Date: July 19th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
As fr migraines, do you have one of those prescriptions for migraine drugs? They really work much better than advil. I haven't been able to use one in a long time, as they aren't compatible with nursing/pregnancy.

Dehydration can be a trigger, but so can varying your sleep pattern (sleep late or get up early) And I would believe overheating can bother you. (hormones can trigger headaches all by themselves too)

There are also medicines to take to prevent the headaches. I was on one of those post college years. Of course it is hard to evaluate the effectiveness, since you don't know if lack of headaches is they just aren't happening anymore (mine come and go) or the medicine works.

Anyway, if they really are bothering you, interfering with things, you should go see a Dr.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: July 19th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Advil seems to work fine for me; they're rarely seriously bad headaches, the way I hear migraines are supposed to be. (I just thought they were "headaches" until I got one after the crazy "visual migraine" thing). Unless I'm stupid about blankets, they only turn up something like once a month, so I haven't gone to a higher level of worrying about them.
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