[Warning, this one is a little gross]
Over the past year or so I have developed a disturbing problem. Every few months or so, I have a really bad headache, so bad that it makes me nauseous and I end up throwing up in the school bathrooms during the work day (have I mentioned that we do not have a “teachers-only bathroom” so we have to use the same bathroom as the students?). Recently, this has happened about once a month or so. It is extremely disconcerting to be teaching a class with all those little eyes on me, and then have to run out to vomit, and run back to pick up where I left off. So, today, when this happened during second block, while the kids were working on this awesome science wiki, I finally gave up and went to the doctor. After I explained my symptoms, she told me I was suffering from migraines.
Now, to be honest, I have always said I have migraines because headache never seemed to be strong enough to describe the excruciating pain I would feel, but I never really believed my headaches were bad enough to actually be migraines. So, I never took the time to look up information about migraines, or actually ask a doctor, or take any sort of preventative steps. Well, now I know: when you have a really bad headache and you throw up, (possibly while seeing flashes of light called an “aura“), that’s called a migraine. Apparantly 75% of migraine sufferers in the US are women. Another wonderful physical symtom I can enjoy along with those fantastic cramps. Yipee.
Anyway, what I want to know now is, how can you prevent the throwing up part of the experience? I hate headaches, but I hate throwing up much, much more. Anyone have any advice?