What am I still doing in Cancun?

The adventures of an American single mommy working and playing in paradise.

My Eye Headaches


     I am just getting over one of my eye headaches. I have pretty much had it since Wednesday morning. Motrin 800 seems to dull the pain a bit, but I have never found anything that just gets rid of it. Normally I have my headache for a few days. It goes between getting worse and better during that time and then it goes away. I don’t know what my eye headaches are from, but I really hate them.

     I think I started getting these particular headaches since I moved to Cancun. I used to get one almost every Sunday so I assumed it was from drinking on Salsa night (Saturday). A lot of the time it lasted into Monday or Tuesday. However, I rarely drink or go out anymore, so why do I still get them? 🙁

     I am afraid they are related to stress, just like my back problems and more recent neck problems. I also imagine they may be related to the fact that I clench and grind my teeth. WHAT AM I SO STRESSED-OUT ABOUT? I do try to relax. I mean, I am definitely a type A personality, but nobody in my family is ill, we certainly aren’t rich but we have enough money to pay everything and save a little, my husband and I have had our problems like everyone else but right now things are fine…so what is it? Why do I have so much tension in my body? Hmmm, maybe it’s from driving here in Cancun. lol

     When I lived in Chicago I started to exercise regularly. I stopped exercising (except for walking, A LOT) when I got pregnant because my doctor told me to because I had had two miscarriages before I had my son. I think that my back, my neck and my headaches are better when I exercise regularly, but OH MY GOSH I cannot find the time and energy. It’s not that I am lazy, and I really like to exercise, but the only times available are 5:00 am (there is NO WAY that is going to happen) and 7:30 pm (by that time I am starving and just want to eat dinner, watch Oprah, take a shower and go to sleep at 9:30 pm). So fine, tell me I am making excuses but whatever, it’s just not possible right now.

     So I don’t know what to do about my eye headaches. I call them eye headaches because they are concentrated around my eye socket and cheekbone area. They are normally on the right side. I believe they normally start at night and as I said before they last for days. Now, I joke and say I am practically a doctor on the Internet, because I am always researching health issues, but I can’t figure out what kind of headache this is. Cluster headaches supposedly only last for a couple of hours. Tension headaches supposedly feel like a band around your entire head. I don’t think what I get is a migraine, because although it is painful, from what others have told me, I’m sure it’s not as painful as a migrane.

     I guess I could go to a doctor, but I don’t have much faith in doctors in this case. I mean, if I have a female problem or I am pregnant, I totally trust my ob/gyn. If I want my teeth cleaned, I totally trust my dentist, but if I have a headache, who do I go to? I have never found a general practictioner here that I like or trust, and it seems to me like the doctor is pretty much going to have to guess what causes my headaches.

     So thank goodness my eye headache is on it’s way out, I wonder when it will be back again? 🙁


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