Migraines and Acupuncture

This is going to be a more personally revealing post than normal. Generally, I prefer to stick to tales of dragons, super-heroics or other such fantasies. But I don’t think that is going to happen today.

I have a headache. I’ve had it since waking up about twelve hours ago. It’s waxed and waned, but it hasn’t disappeared. It isn’t the worst I’ve had. But it is one of the longest.

I’ve been getting migraines for about the past ten years. I still don’t know what exactly brings them on. I have a few theories that sometimes get evidence in the yes column, sometimes in the no column. There seems to be a necessary combination of factors, plus the necessary plain old bad luck.

These headaches are actually the reason I started acupuncture about three months ago. Why acupuncture? Well, whenever I mentioned to a doctor during a check up that I got headaches I was old I should come back for a separate examination and then, maybe, I would get a prescribed something akin to extra-extra strength Advil that might do something for the pain if I took it before an onset. That did not make me rush into getting an appointment.

One of the people I worked with taught the occasional English lesson for extra cash. His main profession was acupuncture. He was licensed in his home country and was doing some training under a teacher here in Japan. He told me that, while not definite, it was possible that acupuncture could serve as a preventative. That was enough to convince me to give it a shot, although it was several months later, after my friend had moved back to his home country, to start.

Acupuncture is interesting. The closest thing I can think of to describe it is it has the radiating feel of a bee sting but without the venomous pain. And I think it is woking. I would get a migraine about once a month or so. This is my first real one since the acupuncture started, and like I said it isn’t that severe. It still eats away the day and saps most of my energy. I could barely help look after our son and had to rely on the Mrs to do so most of the day. I’m also worried to eat. My migraines tend to promote vomiting either through sheer pain or bringing about some nausea. Or both. And that puts a damper on any day.

So, that’s how my day has been. I was hoping to make some needed forward progress writing wise. Maybe later tonight. For now, I’m going to make some hot tea and take some herbal medicine and hope that helps.

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