I have very bad headaches that almost always turn into horrible migraines. What? You have very bad headaches and or migraines but you do not have Crohns? Yes unfortunately that is possible and I’m sure if I didn’t have Crohns I might still have the occasional very bad headache that turns into a migraine. Why do I claim that my very bad headaches/migraines are because of Crohns? I thought you would never ask :) Here is how it goes. I have Crohns. One of the “perks” of having Crohns means that if I eat I will require quick access to a bathroom not just once but many times. As you can imagine this makes going places a bit difficult especially if you can’t or don’t want to spend most of your time in the bathroom. My solution over the years has been “don’t eat”. This worked well at first. I could spend an entire weekend on a baseball field with only strategically planned sips of water. Understandably after doing this for a couple years my body said enough of this. Now if I don’t eat for even half a day I start to get a headache and if I don’t get to food quickly the headache turns into a very bad headache at which point it is too late for food and I am on my way to the horrible migraine. If I can’t get to food I’ll try to take a Tylenol as soon as I feel the headache coming on but Tylenol rarely helps and it’s the only thing I’m allowed to take. Aspirin and Ibuprofen are a no no for Crohnies (I do cheat sometimes and take an Ibuprofen especially when I have a headache for days and days in a row.
Going to the grocery store…don’t eat. Going to a baseball game…definitely don’t eat. Going to the mall…I will eat now and try to stay close to the nice bathrooms. Going to…well you get the picture.
Love, laugh, and always know where the nearest bathroom is