I am a fortunate woman in that I don’t have any major issues with chronic pain, but I do have problems with intermittent pain that can be excruciating when they act up.
One is migraine headaches and another is Achilles tendonitis.
I have long since learned to dread rainstorms because I know that an incapacitating headache is on the way, complete with nausea, dizziness, loss of balance, and an inability to tolerate even the faintest sounds or lights. During times like this, I wished the world had an off switch, and because it didn’t, I would just curl up and cry for someone to make it stop.
I didn’t realize until two years ago that these were migraines. Over-the-counter pain meds did not touch the pain I was in, and neither did decongestants. All that helped was going to sleep, but how the hell can you sleep when you are in so much pain and the whole world just won’t shut the fuck up?
Oh, and your pillow feels as hard as a rock when you have a migraine. So much for sleep.
The worst headache I ever had was during a tornado warning. I know that migraines have weather and air pressure triggers, so it all made sense now. Now that I know what weather triggers my migraines, I can prepare.
The question is how?
This is where the story of my first energy drink comes in.
You know, those caffeinated, sugary, downright junky wanna be soda that make you stay up for two nights straight if you drink a whole can? The liquid bane of the health police (besides soda itself?)
One day, during the summer, when a thunderstorm was coming, I was walking home and was suddenly struck with throbbing head pain and was about to pass out from dizziness and nausea. I dreaded walking back home, but I couldn’t just keel over in the street either. Thankfully, I was near a Family Dollar and I bought an energy drink for some reason I can’t remember.
It was truly incredible. I took one sip-literally-and the headache went away instantly.The nausea was gone. The dizziness was gone.* I could have run a marathon I was feeling so good.
Because of that evil of junk foody evils, the energy drink, I can be relieved on migraines that medicine would not touch. Now I make sure I have Coke, Pepsi, an energy drink, coffee with espresso, or something else on hand with lots of caffeine and sip it prior to a rainstorm. I almost never have migraines now.
As for my tendonitis, I have structural and functional scoliosis, which causes my left leg to be notably shorter than my right leg-by a half inch, to be exact. Walking, running, or any kind of strain on my legs can cause my tendonitis to act up. When running, for example, the impact of my body weight falls disproportionately on my right leg because my right hip is higher than my left hip. There is much more stress on my right leg than my left leg, and this causes the Achilles tendon on my right leg to go spastic and pain shoots up my leg and up into my torso. It starts suddenly and stops me dead in my tracks, often causing me to fall over. Imagine hopping down the street on one leg at high speed and how that might feel. Yeah, exactly.
Walking first thing in the morning? Forget it. I am stiff as a board.
Enter my new heel lift. I put it in my left show and my legs are much more equal. The pain disappears instantly and it does not reappear as long as I’m wearing it.
Connection to being fat? People have tried to tell me that a lack of exercise and having excess weight was putting too much strain on my tendons. They act almost indignant when I tell them that I have scoliosis and a short leg and that my pain is cured with the use of a heel lift. Their day is not complete without blaming fat for something, is it?
(Never mind that I, a small fat, have a condition most often associated with *long-distance running!* I thought fat people didn’t get sports injuries because, like, they don’t exercise at all as we all know.)
People still try to tell me that I really shouldn’t be drinking those energy drinks.
I tell them to MYOB. Because health is extremely fluid. Someone with diabetes probably will not benefit from energy drinks, but I will. The average person might not need 4000 calories a day to stay healthy, but an anorexic patient with hypermetabolism will in order to achieve weight restoration.
Best of all, or worst of all if you hate fat…health problems aren’t caused by being fat. Weight loss is not a cure.
Get over it.