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Migraine from Hell

migraine-caution-sign.jpgWell, as with so many other events in my life, the last 21 hours have presented me with a learning opportunity.

As we say in tech, it’s a feature.  Pffffft!!!!!!!

As it happens, due to a very unique set of circumstances, I suffered – beginning around 8pm last evening – a migraine of almost epic proportions.

Let’s just say it was the perfect storm.

Though it was pretty terrible, it didn’t send me to the hospital, something that happened regularly before I figured out the root cause.

Ungodly low potassium.

Knowing there was a risk of a headache from low potassium, I’d been taking supplements for a few hours.

At this point in my life – I know the dance.

Everything was fine and I was mentally congratulating myself on having learned and using what I learned when…

The pounding started around eight.  I figured, okay, need more potassium.  By ten I asked for my husband to rub my head, focusing on the area of – no surprise – scar tissue.

I learned that the secondary headache I always thought came from stress from the original is actually scar tissue from overdeveloped trapezius muscles from my years weight lifting.  Not to mention gymnastics.

Though it relaxed me enough I thought I could sleep, it did little for the pain.

Popped more potassium before bed.

Hello darkness my old friend.  Two am, my head is pounding and my right eye is watering.

Can’t remember the last time my eye watered from a migraine.  I’d made that much progress on the root cause  of low potassium.

I got up – more potassium and a couple of aspirin and my cell phone.

Sleep’s out.  May as well do something.  I’d write but my typing – over 116 words a minute – would have kept the whole house up.

After almost no sleep all night and two double espressos, my head started to feel better.

Interestingly – and I believe because I had been steadily taking potassium – I felt okay.  My mood was really good and I wasn’t groggy.

My eyes drifted to the window and noticed that unlike during the previous several hours –  the sun was shining.

Before then we’d had one hell of a marine layer in here.  As I’d read the news and a reread of a reread of a reread at 3am I listened to a fog horn.  A look out the window put me in the mind of a Brahms Stoker novel.

Everything was going well and then – late in the afternoon – my head started to make noise.

I’d been taking potassium steadily throughout the day but my head started to ache in spite of it and honestly – there’s only so much the body can absorb at once outside having an IV of the stuff.

This enabled me to confirm the weather related impact.

Or, to be clear, the EMF related impact.

I was a bit confused though.  It had been some time since I’d been impacted by a storm system.

And years since I’d had a migraine that caused my eye on the side of the surgery to water.

It turns out that we are not having a simple weather change.  We are in for an unprecedented electrical storm.

Lightning!

The last time I experienced pain this severe coincided with an unseasonal and very unusual electrical storm in San Diego.

I was in such agony I talked with Aaron on the phone – on my knees in my kitchen – for over an hour.  I knew what the problem was – the lightning was dancing around Downtown San Diego, as if it was literally over our building – but that doesn’t take the pain.  My eye watered and I kept my hand against the cut from the surgery – the scar tissue conducting the EMFs resulting in nasty pain.

It’s a lot of fun being in pain in front of your kids.  Not.

Fortunately, they get it by now.

Better?  The steady stream of potassium means that while it hurts, it isn’t debilitating.

And I don’t end up in the ER anymore.

I honestly believe – 100% – that if other circumstances hadn’t been an issue, I would never have had this level of suffering.

My potassium was particularly depleted.

The steady stream of potassium throughout the night and day has meant that as the nasty lightning storm approaches I have hope of getting past it without further suffering.

And not having to explain ad nauseum why brain surgery some forty years ago is not anything to worry about to a triage nurse.

“Just give me the damned shot already.  I’m not a junkie in for a handout.”

A shot that is no longer necessary.

Potassium really does make a difference.

To top off the perfect migraine?  I’m going to listen to some Krokus.  Trust me, my brain waves will be happy!

 

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Just an observation

excess01Quick observation with a larger – more important – context.

There are a couple of signs that indicate when you’re taking too much of something.

They indicate you may not need the supplement/medication.

This would be worthy of a discussion with a health care provider.  It is not meant to suggest you suddenly stop taking whatever it is you are taking.

If you take too much of a supplement, or take a supplement you do not need, your body will respond first by attempting to get rid of the excess.  If that doesn’t work, it will stow it.

In the case with excess calcium that will go into the joints and on the artery walls.  Not great.

The irony here is that you may end up with a deficiency of whatever it is you were trying to replenish – because you took too much.

Case in point:  Take thyroid medication when you don’t need it and your next blood reading will show that your TSH levels will have gone down.  Happened to me – my doc explained that it was evidence that low thyroid was not my problem (or the source of my debilitating fatigue).  

This was when I was trying to figure out why I was feeling so sick – what ended up being EMF Sensitivity.  Every damned blood and medical test told me I was healthy – I wasn’t.  But that’s a tale for another time…

So, with regards to potassium.  If your body has too much of it you may have some off-the-wall symptoms.  Namely, sneezing and coughing.

Which are symptoms of low potassium.

You may also get burning calves and hamstrings, along with burning muscles wherever scar tissue exists.

The association between calcium and sulphur which are on the opposite side of the potassium teeter totter – are complex- .  Excess calcium and excess sulphur can both result in symptoms associated with arthritis – though they are different.  Excess sulphur is burning in muscles.  Excess calcium is pain in joints and where scar tissue is.  And heart disease and dementia since excess calcium on artery walls reduces critical blood flow.  And excess calcium on intestinal walls?  …

There are a number of symptoms people may not realize are sending signals to back off medications or supplements.

Especially mowing calcium like it was M & Ms.

btw:  The symptoms of diabetes and the symptoms of low potassium are similar.  If you start taking insulin when in fact you have low potassium, your body will cut back on making insulin and you could end up with a condition you didn’t have to begin with.