Tuning In

Posted: 01/24/2013 in Uncategorized

There’s a precipitation front of some kind moving in on the city. I know this because I woke up with kind of headache that I can feel in my upper molars. Sinus pressure.  Accuweather has this handy-little migraine forecast tool they’ve added that lets the internet confirm for me what my head is already convinced of – there should be pain in my day.


Which gets me to thinking about headaches in general.

A little known fact about me is that a few years ago – and for quite a loooong period of time – I pretty much lived on Advil. Frequent headaches & severe neck pain. Waking up in pain almost every day was normal and throughout a day I would go through enough Advil to give relief to a small horse.  I wish I were kidding, but seriously, limit recommendations on labels meant nothing to me.

Yes, I said this was my normal form of existence. Once upon a time.

Which makes me consider how things have changed. Once in a while there are those little things that remind you of how far you’ve come, and frankly, I can measure a part of my progress in little orange pills. Advil isn’t the common daily thing anymore – it’s my final assessment. I literally run a type of body scan before I say to myself  ‘okay, you can have the Advil, it’s a legit headache and you need some help’.

I ask myself – have you had enough water? have you taken your Vitamin B*? have you eaten something? are you low on sleep?  will a cup of coffee help? have you gotten in some movement today?

And if the answers are satisfactory – then I pass ‘go’ and take Advil. But I look to tune into myself first, see if I can help a body out with something it may need more than pain killers – a glass of water, a nap at lunch, a cup of coffee, snacks, my vitamin, some stretching or exercise if I can.

There’s more to the transition than that – I’m simplifying a bit. I didn’t just one day decide to do this scan and BOOM! reduced my pain reliever intake significantly. It was a gradual shift of experimenting with water levels & nutrition, identifying my headache factors, and some time spent with a chiropractor. Tuning in to the messages my body was sending me. Then, exercise to improve & stabilize the whole system. 

But now, when I do that scan, and I think to the way I used to exist – it just seems like such a different frame of existence. A different lifetime ago.


*I am not a Doctor and I do not advocate for the usefulness of any particular Vitamin or supplement as something anyone else should consider ingesting. I’m only stating what I take and what works for me. Whether medically logical or not, I have observed a reduction in severity and frequency of MY migraine/headache pain when taking a Vitamin B Complex supplement on a regular basis.

  1. Steena says:

    16 degrees? Ha, try ONE. One degree here!
    But great that you’re progressed away from the little pills!


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