August 24, 2005

Chemical Warfare

I'm not talking about chemical agents used in warfare, but instead about the drugs I use to suppress the head splitting headaches that I get. I had a 'migraine' last night a few hours from the end of work, luckily I get warning of the impending pain, because my vision goes very blurry, which is not a nice feeling. I know now that as soon as this happens I have to take something to take the edge off the headache that I'm about to get, usually thats 1g of Paracetamol and 16mg of codeine (both ph eur).

In case you didn't know codeine is in the same family of drugs as heroin and cocaine, but obviously no way near as powerful, still, codeine makes you feel horrible, and is only midly preferable to the migraine itself. I hate taking it, I hate the fact that I have to, if I didn't I hate the fact I couldn't do anything, I hate the fact I have to carry it with me wherever I go, I hate migraines!

I accept them though, I think of them as pennance for being quite clever, very arrogant but true. That way I can live with them, when I think they have a purpose I can knida deal with that. The only slightly worrying thing is that are get more frequent, but less severe, the fact that I can now bear to be in a bright room, or outside is testament to this. I have been very lucky so far in that I haven't had a migraine during an exam, if I did I think I would very much fail. The last time I tried to do some work during a migraine was in a chemistry class, I couldn't work out some standard electrode potenetials, it was so frustrating, and painful, so I just quit, walked out and went home.

Anyway, by a happy coincidence I have changed my days off work so i get a few to recover.


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