I’ve been getting pretty serious migraines since I was in grade school. They start with an aura that includes my face and hands going numb, blind spots, and nausea. Then I get a headache that lasts for about 2 days. It’s a pretty serious type of vascular headache that causes throbbing pain on one side of the head. 17% of women suffer from migraines and 6% of men get them. That’s a lot of parents in pain. If you don’t get migraines, all I ask for is your pity. For those of you who are in the migraine club, have you ever noticed they get worse over the holidays?
You’re probably thinking, doy. Stress, “cheer,” and family togetherness might give anyone a headache. And there’s not much you can do about that. But over the years I’ve noticed a few things that make my migraines worse over the holidays. You can’t subvert headache-inducing family dysfunction, but you can darn well stay away from aged cheeses!
Let’s eliminate as many risk factors as we can over the holidays for a happier and hopefully headache-free Christmas. Or you could take 2 percocet and call me in the morning, if that’s your thing. Still, it’s Christmas. Try not to Lohan it up too much, pal.