Headaches and help

Yes, this post is about headaches. And what may help. Stay Tuned!

I have headaches pretty much every day. Most of the time they just annoy me but sometimes they get very bad and sometimes they even enter into the migraine territory. For those of you that may not know, migraines are different from other headaches. They can come with things such as light and sound sensitivity.

They can also occur with visual effects. These include sparkling in the field of vision, blurred vision, and the “jaggies” where the edges of things look like zig-zag lines instead of sharp as normal. I have had all of these at one time or another and sometimes some or all at the same time.

Personally, and this will sound strange I know but hear me out, one thing I do when I get a very bad headache is put pressure on my head and it helps alleviate some of the pain. Here comes the strange part. We have pillows on our sofa that are harder than normal. Gina wanted to throw them away but I nixed that because I use them. We have a sectional that has two parts that come together in a right angle. So what I will so is set the pillows up in such a way that I can lay on my stomach and place my head between them making sure that they put pressure on my head. I have heard of people doing things such as banging their head on a wall when they get a migraine. I figured that this is a much better option. The pressure that is exerted by the pillows does help but I have learned of something new, also.

That is Ginger. Yes, the same ginger you get at sushi restaurants that they pickle and is used as a pallate cleanser.

There is a great article on the HealthLine website at this link. So when I saw this I went to my local pharmacy and bought ginger capsules. I have decided that I will take them with my other medications twice a day.

Well, I have been doing this for a couple of days now. All I have to say is holy cow! Normally, a headache will hit me in the mornings if I don’t wake up with one. But since I have started on the ginger, I have to say that I have not had a headache. Right now, I can feel a little pressure on my head, but it is not painful at all. Pressure I can live with, that is much better than pain any day and twice on Sunday as my father used to say.

I don’t know how it works but it seems to help so far. But ginger has been used for centuries in eastern medicine. There are many things in the eastern world that we can learn from, all we have to do is open our minds. Many practitioners or eastern medicine think of ginger as a wonder drug and I am starting to agree with them. But wait, there’s more!

I have leg pain every day. It is just a question of the degree. Sadly, I was thinking about pain a while ago when I was asked to rate my pain, that particular time I rated it as a 5 I believe. That got me started thinking… The pain I rate as a 5 today would have easily been an 8 or 9 a few short years ago. It is amazing what you can get used to.

Anyway, back to the ginger. I have noticed since I started taking the ginger that my leg pain has subsided somewhat. I don’t know if this is part of the normal ebb and flow of my pain or if the ginger is really having an affect. That will remain to be seen over time. But I will update later on this. I still expect bad days, even if the ginger is helping. That is just the nature of the beast when it comes to pain and Multiple Sclerosis.

Thanks for stopping by and reading, have a wonderful pain free day everyone!
Jim

 

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