I’ve been waking up a lot lately with a headache. This is often at about 5 am. I get up, pee, pop a couple of Tylenol, and try to go back to sleep. When it’s actually time for me to get up, the headache is sometimes still there, so I get up, pee yet again, pop a couple of Advil this time, and try to carry on with my morning routine. The headache is usually either gone or at least down to a dull roar by the afternoon.
I do get the occasional migraine, as I may have mentioned once or twice here before. And sometimes, this morning headache is actually a migraine. But more often, I know it’s not, because it is more localized between my eyes. That suggests a sinus headache.
Okay. A sinus headache. But why first thing in the morning? And why has it been happening so frequently lately?
It seems to occur about three times a week right now, and there seems to be no pattern as to which days. Sometimes it’s a weekend morning, which means that I may have had a glass or two of red wine the night before. Sometimes, like today, it’s a Thursday morning, which means that I consumed no alcohol the night before and in fact, was in bed by 10:30 pm. It doesn’t seem to have much to do with caffeine intake either, as the headache doesn’t lift soon after I have my first café au lait of the day.
I’ve been researching this on my best friend, the Intarwebs, and learned that perhaps I suffer from sleep apnea (I don’t), teeth grinding (I don’t), excessive stress (not currently – unless you count my recent forays into home renovations with the new blinds and carpeting), a sinus infection (unlikely, as there are no other symptoms), lack of hydration (possible – I know that I don’t drink much water), or a spine or neck misalignment (possible, although again, there are no other symptoms).
DD is concerned that I may have a brain tumour or something equally horrid and scary, but I very much doubt it. My headaches are far too random for that, and they aren’t constant.
But I really should try to track down the cause a little more seriously with my chiropractor and/ or my physician. I don’t like having to take so many meds so often. That can’t be good for a body – and what if they are causing the headaches to recur? I’ve heard of that happening, and after all, I am getting older and more sensitive to what I ingest.
Speaking of getting older, here’s a thought, albeit a very quiet one: maybe these headaches have something to do with approaching menopause? (And do you think I would actually admit it if they did?!)