I woke up this morning to an angina attack. This is just one of those things. It hurts like a full-on heart attack, but you take medicine and three minutes later it goes away, leaving you feeling like you got run over by a truck.

What causes it? Excessive tiredness is one thing and I’ve been really tired lately. But also — and very specifically — aspirin and any other NSAID.

In this highly pollen-laden weather, I’ve had a headache that won’t quit. Pretty much the only thing that works is Excedrin and sometimes, coffee.

I’m not supposed to take anything with aspirin in it and definitely not Excedrin. Although I’m usually diligent about medication, a really bad headache is one of those things I can’t ignore. And sinus/hay fever headaches are ugly and long-lasting.

Hence, Excedrin.

And this morning, I paid the price.

Point taken.

I can sneak in a couple of Excedrin once in a while, but I can’t take it daily and I certainly can’t take it more than once a day.

Speaking of allergies, I know that allergies are not illnesses. I get that. Just because you feel like hell, you aren’t officially “sick.” But allergies are worse than (for example) a cold. You get a cold, it hangs around a few days then goes away. You get into allergy season and you are comprehensively miserable in every possible way until the pollen finally leaves for the winter … and you know you’re going to go through it again come spring. Different pollen, but around here, the pollen is so heavy it looks like green snow is falling.

The dogs sneeze too. Red eyes all around. We are all miserable and I’m maxed out on allergy pills.

So I didn’t write anything this morning. Garry brought me some coffee and a muffin. Then, I went back to sleep for a few hours. Now, I’m feeling nearly human, but there’s a headache, back for round who-knows-what. Only this time, I can’t take anything.

In all of the years of headaches, the only medication that has ever actually worked is Excedrin or one of its generic clones.

Ironic isn’t it? I have a dozen prescriptions — and not one of them will make that pollen-generated headache go away.

FOWC with Fandango — Comprehensive

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

35 thoughts on “COMPREHENSIVELY NOT FEELING WELL – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. I actually AM resting except I am also desperately to figure out what to do with the hundreds of emails that have landed in my inbox. I have to do something about this. If I take a few hours off, my computer goes off the rails.


  1. I have troubles with NSAIDs too, but like you, Excedrin is the only thing that works on my headaches. I don’t have heart problems, but I am cautious with the meds I take.

    I will tell anyone who says that ‘allergies aren’t the same as being sick” to take a flying leap because allergies ARE the same as being sick. You body is fighting a perceived invader, just as if you had come down with a virus, and you, in turn feel awful for it. I don’t see how that’s any different from having a cold. Allergies make anyone feel crappy… and they last longer (as you pointed out).

    Keep fighting the good fight, and I hope you find relief.

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  2. Poor, poor Marilyn, I’m also terribly allergic to all pollen (incl grass, and most flowers too) and I’m a long suffering miserable person for some of these times. My best remedy was, in hindsight, living along the sea coast when I lived in Devon, England, 10′ on foot from the sea…. No allergies, no hay fever, no colds, no nothing!
    What I don’t get is how you can have a full-on attack NOW – what on earth is shedding pollen like mad NOW? Here we feel autumn sneaking along in the mornings and late evenings….
    DO GET BETTER SOON! I can’t even take medication, I’m allergic to them too, so I only deal with all these bothers with homeopathic remedies, by trying to control what goes into my mouth (that’s difficult with my love for good food and wine, AND espresso) and excessive willpower…. 😉

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    1. Ocean air is GREAT for allergies. If only I lived near one.

      Right now, it very high pollen season and it is weeds and grasses. Not trees. They are spring. Now, it’s ragweed and other weeds and lots of grasses. It’s fall (supposedly) here so it … ta da … HAY FEVER time.


  3. So sorry you’ve been feeling so rough. I’ve recently discovered that Tiger Balm can reduce a bad head – similar principle to banging your head on a brick wall, except the burning sensation, if you’re lucky, burns up the headache too. Nettle tea is a natural antihistamine.

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    1. Coffee helps, to a point. The antihistamines don’t work and I’ll try anything, even nettle tea, assuming there is any around here. I hate Tiger Balm. It peels my skin off, so who cares about a headache when I’ve got a great raw patch where my skin used to be.

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    1. It’s not heart angina. It’s intestinal angina. Aspirin causes ulcers and hypes up the acid in your gut. Which turns your intestines into a giant knot of twisted pain. It won’t kill you, but it will make you wish you were dead.


    1. I’ve been very tired for a couple of weeks and I don’t know which of the many physical chronic ailments are the source of the problem. Sometimes there are so many possibilities, I don’t even know what to think. Am I sick? Asthmatic? Is my heart acting up? Is that broken breastbone what’s hurting? Arthritis? Rheumatoid? Osteo? Fibromyalgia? The MS that almost never acts up? I really have no idea. Something is wrong. I just have no idea what.


  4. Ironic that they have you take aspirin as a blood thinner so you won’t get a heart attack and yet you can’t take it because it will. Confusing world of medicine. Hope you are feeling better.


    1. I can’t take it because I don’t have a stomach. I can’t take ANY NSAIDs because they give me massive ulcers. That’s also why I don’t have a stomach. Actually, the first one was a disaster (surgery, that is), and there was a second one because so much of it was ulcerated there was nothing else to be done.

      A little (1/3) of a normal aspirin is a preventative. A LOT of aspirin erodes your innards and not just mine. Ulcers are a frequent result of too much aspirin. Unfortunately, when I first got rheumatoid arthritis, I was put on massive doses of aspirin and while it really helped with arthritis, it torched my gut. Now, I don’t HAVE a gut.

      It’s one of the many near-death experiences of the past 15 years. This has been quite the decade and a half and there are days when I’m not entirely sure it was worth the fight. But I’m just being whiny.


  5. Phew! VERY sorry to hear all of the above – you have my sympathy and whatever little i can do by way of positive vibes to help reduce the discomfort in your life from way down here!

    I’m thinking you are beyond stressing over your state of unhealth but it would be unnatural not to have a little stress from pain and having no obvious cure or ease from the discomfort it causes.

    Best anti-stress mechanism (and form of pain relief) is doing what makes you happy! ( Or what you can that does not hurt too much 😉 )
    Joy tends to kill pain and lower stress and can make you forget your headache for a little anyway. 🙂

    Got any good comedy’s you and G can watch?

    Feel better fast, Spike!


    1. I do the best I can, but sometimes, it gets a bit overwhelming. This was just one of those days. Usually, I manage to enjoy all the things we do, from watching baseball to laughing over comedians. But I have good days and bad and this wasn’t a good one. Hopefully, it will be better tomorrow. But you know, I have a lot of problems in a lot of different parts, so it isn’t always easy to find a way around it. Sometimes, it works out okay, sometimes, not so much. It is what it is.

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  6. I’m not sure what exactly is causing your headaches, but I’ve recently discovered that cinnamon will help with headaches–particularly caffeine withdrawl headaches. Take the cinnamon in something–never alone. I actually used small cinnamon hard candies and it worked! I was trying to quit caffeinated pop and it worked!! Can’t hurt to try it and it’s not expensive! Also look into other spices like tumeric. Many health benefits!


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