When a Headache is Just a Headache

By nature I’m a bit of a hypochondriac, so the pandemic gods are having quite a bit of fun with me.

To me, any cough becomes suspect. Every headache signals the end. It doesn’t help that here in north Florida a thick coating of bright yellow pollen adorns every outdoor surface, and the particles find their way into nasal passages and beyond, resulting in stuffy noses, watery eyes, and headaches that seem resistant to Tylenol.

In the middle of the night I woke up with a headache of epic proportions. Behind my eyes the pain pounded relentlessly. Boom! Boom! Boom! Then I developed a tickle in my throat, resulting in a dry cough that awakened Studly Doright. Studly was actually concerned and offered to get me some medicine. I think his exact words were, “Are you feeling sick?” which to my paranoid mind was code for, “Is it the virus?”

I patted him back to sleep, got up and took a couple of Tylenol, even though those I’d taken four hours earlier hadn’t helped much. And I drank some over the counter cough syrup, that at least calmed the tickle.

Worse than the physical symptoms, though, were the imaginary ones. I was pretty sure I’d developed COVID-19, even while I knew that wasn’t the case. I’m a hypochondriac who knows she’s a hypochondriac. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

My headache is merely a sinus headache and my cough is but a dry throat tickle. It’s that time of year and I go through this process annually, but damn, it’s hell for a hypochondriac during a pandemic.

When I stumbled out of bed this morning and fired up the laptop, I figured I’d be unproductive in the writing department, but after a slow start I totaled 2,000 plus words. So, maybe my muse works well with hypochondriacs. Go figure.

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

25 thoughts on “When a Headache is Just a Headache”

  1. Ibuprofen can be taken at the same time as acetaminophen; they travel different paths. Learned this after my first c-section.

    Good cup of coffee after lots of water will do the trick for me as well.

    Feel better.

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      1. Aspirin is not ibuprofen…main ingredient in aspirin is acetylsalicylic. Advil (ibuprofen) is an anti-inflammatory but if you have digestive issues that would not be an option either.

        Anyway, I hope it goes away soon. I get headaches too…ugh.

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  2. Allergies are kicking my butt too. I had a sinus headache every day last week plus a few migraines on top of it. I suffer from migraines. This week nothing but a burning of the inside of my nostrils. Knock on wood! 😁

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      1. I know that world well. They started for me about 18 months ago after I had a possible TIA while at work. Had 2 MRIs, an MRA, and many other tests. They have gotten better since I lost my job but once in a while I have a super bad day like the other day. I’m sorry your daughter has them. They are so debilitating.

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      2. Darn. My daughter’s come on like a train wreck. She’s even had a seizure or two when a migraine hits. The doctor prescribed an injection that she can give herself—similar to what one would use for a severe allergic reaction. But the darned things aren’t covered by her insurance, I don’t think. And they’re quite pricey.

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  3. When i experienced allergies in Sydney last year, I started using nasal spray, but not regular shit nasal spray in the aisle. I asked the pharmacist for steroid nasal spray that is over the counter and that stuff worked wonders! Do you think something like that would work for you?

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  4. Allergies do mimic some of the Covid symptoms. Your inner hypochondriac must be in full attack mode now with the pandemic. When I was in Mexico in January, I got a nasty mosquito bite on my leg. I got back and became very ill. This was before Covid came to the US so I was thinking malaria. But the symptoms didn’t match. I must have picked up something in the airport or plane. I never had a fever so my daughter who is trained in these kinds of things (she’s a flight attendant on international flights – well, not now of course!) assured me that without a fever, I did not have malaria. The mind will do weird things. I loved your dialog with your brain!

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  5. It seems I have a headache all through allergy season. Or at least I wake up with one very morning. It is kind of ridiculous how awful it can me. Unfortunately, it seems like allergy season has lasted the entire last year for me. Ugh! Getting old really sucks. Sorry you’re feeling crappy!

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