I wrote this back in January of 2008. Thank goodness I'll never have an Aunt Flow issue again. :-)
"A headache (cephalalgia in medical terminology) is a condition of pain in the head; sometimes neck or upper back pain may also be interpreted as a headache. It ranks amongst the most common local pain complaints.
The vast majority of headaches are benign and self-limiting. Common causes are tension, migraine, eye strain, dehydration, low blood sugar, and sinusitis. Much rarer are headaches due to life-threatening conditions such as meningitis, encephalitis, cerebral aneurysms, extremely high blood pressure, and brain tumors. When the headache occurs in conjunction with a head injury the cause is usually quite evident. A large percentage of headaches among females are caused by ever-fluctuating estrogen during menstrual years. This can occur prior to, during or even midcycle menstruation."
I guess that explains it. I usually get one headache a month about 2-3 hours before my cycle. However, this month I did not receive the usual headache post card from Auntie Flow.
So, I am at the end of my visit from Aunt Flow. Yesterday my boss took me to lunch at Very's Philly Food. I had a Philly Cheese Steak Hoagie. As soon I finished that thing, I got a headache. I STILL have the headache. I am trying to ward it off with a banana.
More from Wikipedia:
"Specific types of headaches include:
- Tension headache
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (headache with visual symptoms due to raised intracranial pressure)
- Ictal headache
- Cluster headache
- "Brain freeze" (also known as: ice cream headache)
- Thunderclap headache
- Vascular headache
- Toxic headache
- Coital cephalalgia (also known as: sex headache) <--This one is very interesting. Read it!
- Hemicrania continua
- Rebound headache (also called medication overuse headache, abbreviated MOH)
- Red wine headache
- "Spinal headache" (or: post-dural puncture headaches) after lumbar puncture or related procedure that will lower the intracranial pressure
- Hangover (caused by heavy alcohol consumption)
Like other types of pain, headaches can serve as warning signals of more serious disorders. This is particularly true for headaches caused by inflammation, including those related to meningitis as well as those resulting from diseases of the sinuses, spine, neck, ears, and teeth."
I also found this article about menstrual headaches. I have found that when I exercise, eat right, get the proper amount of sleep, and receive all the good lovin, my PMS symptoms are little to none. I have not been sleeping well this week. I have found myself waking up between 4 am and 4:30 am for the past 5 days. Since Aunt Flow came to town. Man, Aunt Flow is a pain!
During my research of menstrual headaches treatment and prevention, I found an article at www.eheadachehelp.com. Unfortunately that article was not much help since I am allergic to aspirin.
Well, the headache is subsiding. The banana may have helped.
Now I am off to research some Feng Shui.