Bad timing for a painful episode

migraine

So, last night my switch partner, Oudjat, and I were getting ready to go out for our regular Saturday night at Club L’Espace, our favourite Montreal fetish club and dungeon. The theme was “Black & Red” and we were looking forward to making our most suitable choices from within our respective kink wardrobe.

But first, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to have a light bite to eat; as it had been a while since I had ate anything and I knew I needed some fortification for the night’s activities. I already had a very light headache that had been affecting me for the past hour; but had already taken a few meds, trusting them to get rid of it shortly.

Unfortunately, not long after eating, I got a sudden wicked back ache and decided to lie down flat on my back in bed for a few minutes, with my knees bent, to help relax my back and to let the pain subside. (For those who are not familiar with my situation; I have old back and knee injuries that seriously affect my mobility at times.) I had just taken some Robaxacet about 10 minutes earlier, and figured that it would just take a few more minutes for it to take effect.

However, after about another 10 minutes, I felt a very strong wave of nausea sweep over me — it felt very strange and I was wondering if there had been something wrong with anything that had been in my steak & cheese sandwich.

The nausea did subside slightly but was replaced by an increase in pain of my headache and it started to throb on the left side and back of my skull — a sure sign of impending migraine for me. Unfortunately, it hit really quickly and soon had me in tears and clutching my skull from the intense pain.

Worst of all, I have a condition called “Hyperalgesia”, which is a hypersensitivity to pain. It is one of the reasons why I am so very careful of causing pain in others, even consensual pain — I need to satisfy myself that it is indeed what they want, because I myself have a hard time enduring it.

End result, I was in agony for several hours and it was finally only when I resorted to a much heavier painkiller that I was able to have a minor respite from the distinct feeling that resembled having a shovel smacked against my skull. Repeatedly. For hours.

When it finally eased off to more of a dull throb, I was so exhausted that I fell into a very restless sleep; because I still would get the occasional feeling of an icepick behind my left eyeball. I truly appreciate the tender care of my Sweetheart, who helped me with getting meds, ice packs, as well as some hot sweet Jasmine tea afterwards to help me relax.

Needless to say; we missed out on attending our evening at Club L’Espace — which is such a shame, because we always look forward to it so much.

Today (Sunday), I contacted my best friend (and fellow migraine sufferer) and asked if she happened to have gotten one too around the same time. Turns out that indeed she had, and was still suffering some of it’s effects into Sunday.

Now, I would never wish a migraine on *anyone* (they are that nasty), but somehow there is a small solace in knowing that it’s not just me. We’ve always believed that there is often an environmental factor that can trigger some of our migraines, such as sudden changes in barometric pressure caused by changing weather patterns. Knowing that we both get one at almost the exact time, despite being 20km apart gives strength to this theory.

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For more info regarding migraines, their symptoms and possible treatment, check out this “Migraine Fact Sheet“.

Definition of Hyperalgesia

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