Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Like A Spike Driven Through Your Skull

One thing I’ve noticed, a lot of my writer friends seem to get migraines or migraine-like headaches. I got one today (the like variety), and while it wasn’t the worst it’s been, it was still unpleasant. Like most of my headaches, it was accompanied by queasiness. Thankfully, I didn’t puke this time, but it was iffy for about three hours.

I wonder what causes them. For me, I think it was an interruption in my sleep cycle because I woke up with it, but that in itself is strange since there are times when I’ve woken up (and like this time had trouble falling back asleep) and nothing has happened. And there have also been times when I get them in the middle of the day after a good night’s rest. So I guess I’m back to square one.

I think I might put up a poll later to see what you think causes your migraines. It’s entirely possible that headaches are the result of staring at a computer screen all day or being up late on the internet. Just don't hold me to this because with NaNoWriMo, I'm a little behind. Until then, I'd love for you to comment on what you think. Have fun writing, preferably without a headache.


  1. I get headaches a lot too. I think they are caused by looking at the computer screen too much. I'm at work for 8 hours a day looking at a computer, then I go home and work on my book for another couple hours. Sometimes I have to make sure I take some time off to watch TV, read a book, so that my eyes and my brain can relax a bit.

  2. I've never had a migraine. They sound terrible. I can't even imagine.

  3. Sometimes I think my headaches come from the screen, other times it could be hormone changes, or just the fact that I forget to eat when I'm involved in a scene.


  4. That is so amazing. I hadn't seen your post yet, but I had a headache today and got to thinking something similar.
    Only, I was wondering if it had to do with 'how' the brain works instead of what we do to it.
    Curious the % of writers who suffer from migraines vs the general population.


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