My head!!!!

I have one of my famous headaches. So no post today.  How bad could I feel that I’m not able to write a post?


This bad …


Nuff said about that I think.

See you on Monday.


  1. Lani says:

    I’m so sorry. Here in the South they swear by Goodys powder (BC powder) mixed with coke (the drink, not the other stuff…though i’m sure that would work too.)

  2. Marti says:

    I think I have an eye-ache now. Geez, post a warning about that picture!

  3. Marti says:

    You can thank me later.

    • Karen says:

      Don’t make me laugh. My head will explode. It really will. Do you see how big it is in that picture? I had just giggled a little bit. So stop it. Stop it right now. ~ karen

      • Marti says:

        I’m just here to help, K. You tried cold compresses? When I get a migraine (happens if I fast for an extended period–which is why I never miss a meal) I get nauseated. That’s how I discovered there is nothing worse than dry heaves.

        Hope you feel better soon.

        And stop giving me guilt. I un-pinned it.

        • Jen Heicklen says:

          I take a miracle drug called Relpax. Works on my migraines 99% of the time. Ask your doctor. IT’s a pill–no shots. No side effects.

          …On my screen, under your lovely picture is an ad for a brain tumor cure…Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s not funny, but, yeah, it was funny. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Karen says:

          Jen – I take Relpax! ~ karen (used to take Axert)

        • Jen Heicklen says:

          Do you take Topamax as a preventative? It doesn’t stop my migraines, but certainly has made them less frequent and less intense. Hope this helps. I describe my migraines as an ice cream freeze that doesn’t go away…

        • Karen says:

          Jen – That’s a perfect description. No, I haven’t tried Topamax. Mind you, it took me around 18 years of migraines before I broke down and finally went to the Dr. for a prescription. I’ll look into it. I was thinking just the other day I might have to go the “preventative medication” route. Thx. ~ karen!

        • sara says:

          I used to take Topamax, and it made me a total idiot (more so than normal)! I’d be taking a shower and totally forget what I was doing, and I’d get all kinds of confused. I could never figure out what word I was trying to think of, and it made me just all around stupid. My doctor said that’s a common side effect, she calls it dope-a-max. It also made my fingers and toes tingle like they were asleep sometimes. All of that would have been tolerable, but it also made soda taste like pennies to me. In my newly idiotic state, I bought and tasted every flavor of soda in the vending machine before realizing that maybe it wasn’t the soda or the machine that were the problem. I did keep taking it for a few years though, because it completely stopped my migraines. Worth it.

  4. Maggie says:

    Karen – greetings from Germany from a long time lurker. Used to get blinding upchucking migraines. Touch wood have not had one since I started taking a tablespoon of honey when I got the first inkling of the crazy painful blind vision. Always have one of those little honeypots like you get in a hotel breakfast for emergencies in my handbag.
    The principal is that apparently the only two things that are absorbed out of the stomach directly are alchohol and honey. The idea is that the sugar rush from honey re-opens up the veins in your head and allows the blood to circulate better – the reason that the migraine started. Hope you feel better soon.

    • Karen says:

      Maggie – Interesting remedy! I have pills. Very, VERY expensive pills. But .. once in a while they don’t work for some reason. I’ll keep the honey thing in mind. And my purse. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ karen

  5. Laura says:

    I dunno if this has the potential to take your mind off the pain, but my goodness are you popular on Pinterest! Everywhere I turn someone is posting something of yours, and I get all snobby and think to myself, “Well I read that BEFORE it was cool on Pinterest.”

    Do feel better!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Yeah … Pinterest has been great for my site. I get a lot of comments that start with “I found you on Pinterest!” Thank you ma’am. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~karen

    • Shauna says:

      Laura, I feel all snobby and uppity that way too;) But, I’m happy Karen’s getting all sorts of traffic which will hopefully result in all sorts of money (and migraine medication) so she can continue to educate us and make us laugh at the same time.

      Karen, do feel better soon. Nothing worse than a migraine – I have felt your pain on a generally monthly schedule.

  6. Spokangela says:

    Feel better Karen!! ๐Ÿ™ Have you tried squeezing the hell out of the area between your thumbs and your forefinger. I know it sounds completely bizarre but it works for my headaches.

    Also, not looking at a computer screen helps too…

    So, goodbye!!

  7. Brenda j says:

    Have you tried mass quantities of prescribed medication and anything non-green-au-natural?? I find after a while…they work best! I’m just sayin’. Others likely wanted to, but in view of the changing pharmaceuticals laws were afraid to.

    When the above aforementioned are unavailable or just don’t work, I love using bergamont and lavender essential oils on a very hot, moist cloth. Then I cry.
    Good Luck Karen – I really mean it besides the dark humour.

    Due to my chronics: severe FMS, CFS and osteo – Ive been in bed about 4 days, weather changes and barometric change = agony over pain.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Brenda – I do have mass quantities of a prescribed medication for my migraines. They odd time they don’t work and so I sit upright until I cry myself to sleep. ~ karen

  8. Carol-Anne says:

    Take care and feel better Karen!

  9. Nicole2 says:

    You’re excused. For today. Cause guess what? I woke up with a migraine too, Karen. Just put brown hair on that picture and that’s me. Fortunately, i take Excedrin Migraine and it works quite quickly for me. I stock up when we go to Buffalo. I do the cold compresses too while I wait for it to work.

    Migraines are the worst.

  10. Cindy Marlow says:

    You should do a post of migraine remedies (because we all know that there is no cure). I think they are the bane of creative creatures so a lot of your followers probably suffer from them. Three years working with a neurologist and multiple medications has done nothing for me. Butterbur extract helped for a while but now the effectiveness has worn off. Compared to how my grandbabies react when I get a full blown migraine when they are around, your picture looks good! Get better.

  11. magali says:

    hope you feel better soon! On the bright side, you’re winning!!!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Magali – For now I’m winning. ๐Ÿ™‚ Next week is starts all over again and I suspect all the blogs will have the “push” on so I may be blown right away. However, I’ve had a lot of traffic and many new and happy readers. So that’s good. ~ karen

  12. Susan says:

    Hugs! Hate it when that happens and you can’t function! Been there done that! Feel better soon. Marti is right that is a horible picture! But seems to get the point across! Have a good weekend and feel better soon!

  13. Shannon V. says:

    Oh Karen. Migraines are the worst. My daughter suffers from them and all that seems to help her is sleep.

    Hope you are feeling better!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Shannon! I have an odd complication with my migraines. I can’t actually lay down. The second I put my head any lower than sitting position it’s excruciatingly painful. ~ karen

      • Alissa says:

        Same here. Once got when I was living at a friend’s house, and they had a huge Love Sac. I was able to prop myself upright in the Love Sac and take a long nap until the pain dulled. It was glorious.

        • Karen says:

          Huh! You’re the only other one I’ve heard of that has the can’t lay down problem. And it’s a HUGE problem! Sometimes even sitting puts too much pressure on my head and I have to stand no matter what time of day or night and no matter how exhausted I am. It’s kind of horrifying.

  14. anna says:

    hope you get to feeling better. i’ve voted for you! you deserve to win!! best blog EVER. today i thought we might get a helpful tip on keeping sponges from smelling like..sponges, or something, but instead we got that fantastic picture above. well done.

  15. Christie Thomas says:

    Feel better soon!! ๐Ÿ™

  16. Joanne says:

    Must be something in the air…..I know about 5 women who today suffered with a migraine and cancelled their day. Lay low until you’re better, here’s hoping that it’ll be a quick recovery.

  17. marthafk says:

    Oh, Migraine. . . .you most unwelcome Visitor.

    I have relied on an old-school medicine which is called Prodrin here in the U.S. Only thing that ever worked for me.

    Wish you could find “your” successful treatment.

    FYI, migraine is much, much worse than any other pain except for a broken heart.

    Feel better.


  18. Sherri says:

    I have no cures, but I do have a lot of sympathy. If only that could make the pain go away! Take care and don’t kill anyone today. Wait a minute…you might have a good defense if you killed someone while in the vortex of a blinding migraine. Who’s on your list, sweetie?

    • Karen says:

      LOL – Oh that made me laugh. Don’t make me laugh! It was the last sentance with the sweetie tacked onto the end. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ karen

  19. Tara says:

    I registered and voted for you! Would you mind giving a shout out for a project of mine? I’m desperate as it is all or nothing if we don’t hit our goal and we have only 3 days left. Here is the link: If I’ve over-stepped by posting it here, just delete my comment – regardless, yours is my all time favorite blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Deb says:

    I hope you feel better…on the upside your 130+votes ahead. Call it the migraine sympathy vote? I say do whatever it takes to claw your way to the top!!! May I suggest an attack of appendicitis next week…but NO PICTURES please…your scaring the kids! But seriously….do feel better, we miss you.

  21. sera says:

    Everyone seems to be putting in their two cents about what you should do, in which case, I suggest acupuncture. In any case, feel better soon!

  22. Barbie says:

    OH! I’m so sorry….I HATE headaches! Prayers going out for you!

  23. Auntiepatch says:

    They are the worst! My aunt sent me a recipe that is suppose to help:

    Jogging In A Jug

    2 qt. apple juice
    1 qt. red grape juice
    3/4 cup honey
    3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

    Mix all ingredients in a large glass gallon jar. Drink ONLY 2 oz. (1/4 cup)/day. Every day.

    Don’t know if it will work but couldn’t hurt. I’m going to mix up a batch and see if it helps mine! I can sleep through mine; better than jamming an ice pick into my head! Hope you feel better soon!

  24. Tracie says:

    Hope you get well soon, Karen. Those headaches are a killer….rest, rest, rest.

  25. dana says:

    I’ve gotten them since I was in kindergarten. I recently switched from Imitrex to Maxalt fast-melt tabs and I like them. The best thing I did, though, and this is HUGE, was have testing for food intolerances. I’m much, much better in every way, and the migraines are way way down. I took Topomax, it didn’t work well for me but I know it’s really effective for some people. It elevated my liver enzymes and gave me a “fatty liver”, so that had to go.
    I really feel for you, Karen. It’s a maddening syndrome, and I hope you work through it quickly. *hugs*

  26. Nancy says:

    Hope you feel better soon..Don’t hurt the Fella..we like him..Hugs ๐Ÿ™

  27. Gayla T says:

    I had sick headaches for years before a Dr said Migraines. Then fibromyalgia finally got a name. Taking powdered Magnesium (heaping teaspoon in a 1/3 cup of hot water) stopped the headaches and the Restless Leg Syndrome……and so much less expensive than the Imatrex shots and lot less painful. I also eat a tsp. of honey a day. For me the natural remedies work the best. However, nothing stops the body pain of fibro or at least I haven’t found it yet. Prayers help to and I’m working on one for you.

  28. Carole McGinnis says:

    You are so funny, even when you are in pain. So sorry to hear this – hope you feel better soon. After seeting that picture, I think my head is hurting. HA.

  29. Roxanne says:


    My sympathies as well. I have suffered from migraines since the 4th grade.

    I don’t know why it works (for me) but, when I am suffering from a migraine, I find that (mindless) knitting helps relieve it. (I say mindless because: 1. I can only knit one stitch, so I knit scarves; and 2. I don’t have to think about what I am doing/knitting.)

    Are (some of) your migraines sinus-induced? If so, addressing any potential sinus issues might help.

    I am so going to try that honey remedy, too.

    Take care.

  30. Ginny says:

    Yet another fellow migrainer here. Started when I was three years old and still get them. Not going to tell you exactly how old I am but let’s just say it’s been a very, very long time. I can’t give you any advice because nothing seems to prevent mine. Just take the most powerful pain medication you’ve got and feel better soon! I voted for you yesterday. I hope you win!

  31. Diane says:

    I inherited migraines from my mother. I feel your pain. I really, really do.

  32. Carol S says:

    I am so sorry you have a mondo migraine today, Karen. I totally understand your pain, having been through ALL manner of drugs and treatments through the years, including 32 injections of Botox in the scalp. Migraines continue but if you lift up my hair, you will see a remarkably young and supple scalp. The rest of me, not so much. Maxalt Mlt 10 mg. (melts in your mouth within one second) is my wonder drug. If I did not have insurance, it would cost $25.00 US per tablet. When my job ends soon, I may be resorting to the other tried and true remedy given to me by an RN: “a murder a day keeps the migraine away.” Feel better soon, funny and talented lady!

  33. Anna says:

    OK, my mother instinct to try to fix everyone is kicking in so I thought I would give you an old timey remedy to read about when you are able to see 12 times font again. Hope you feel better soon!

  34. Evalyn says:

    I had migraines for most of my post-pubescent life, and tried all kinds of cures. I had the kind that are like have narcolepsy, I couldn’t stay awake more than a few minutes at a time. Excedrin coupled with ice packs turned out to be the best, but the final cure was a hysterectomy (due to cancer, not headaches). Since that day, not one migraine. A bit radical, I admit, but it did the trick.

    The cure with vinegar and apple cider: vinegar is a headache trigger for some people (me).

  35. Wisconsingal says:

    Ooh, I feel so bad for you. I know pain too, but not as often as you. OK, OK, I give! You have now gotten my sympathy vote on the Apartment Therapy site (and you’re right, your two-step process really did make it extremely easy.) And I didn’t even have to register to get any daily Apartment Therapy e-mails. (That’s what stopped me before, I just don’t need anything more in my in box.)Take care of yourself, honey!

  36. Becca says:

    I’m sorry you’re feeling so rotten. You’re getting lots of potential remedies today. Here’s another from a girl who has had migraines since she was about 7 years old. They were debilitating, vision blurring, nausea inducing, head crushing agony and I got them regularly. At their worst, a single episode would last for 3 or 4 days of absolute hell. When I was in university, I finally found out what was causing them (artificial fragrances in just about everything – worst offenders were fabric softeners, air frehseners and febreze). Obviously it was impossible to avoid all those fragrances (students have a habit of wearing perfume, after shave, deodorant, etc) so I couldn’t avoid the migraines entirely and, back then, the only real solution was codeine which worked enough to take the edge off and leave me sorta functional. About 10 years ago I discovered a homeopathic anti-inflammatory called Traumeel. It works really well for me and for a bunch of other people I know. Use the tincture… 10-15 drops held under the tongue until you’re so slobbery that you’ll drown if you don’t swallow. Then a nap in a quiet, dark room until you’re feeling better. Now, I am able to avoid the trigger fragrances as much as possible so don’t get migraines nearly as often but, when I do, Traumeel works. No side effects, not too expensive. And it works for the pains associated with cracked molars, sprains, miscellaneous bumps and bruises, torn rotator cuffs (long story there)… you get the idea. Feel better soon!

  37. allison says:

    I get them too…
    Try Bengay on your temples and base of your skull.
    Burns a bit, sometimes works though (a bit anyway).

  38. Cat says:

    I got migraines. And then I started getting cluster headaches too (nicknamed “suicide headaches” for a reason). Which I was told I wasn’t having because I’m female, at which point I want to a different doctor.
    Who told me I was super yeasty and needed to cut down on the sugar and bread and start taking probiotics.
    So now I only get migraines once a year or so instead of every month, and I only get the feeling that my eye is being squeezed out of my head by railroad spikes being driven into my temple a couple times a year.
    At which point I cry until I fall asleep in a very dark cool room and don’t mind taking a day off work to do so.

  39. kelliblue says:

    wow, a headache that makes you ouchie AND makes you fugly too? Um…no thanks. ๐Ÿ™ Feel better *hugs*

    • Karen says:

      I thought I looked kindda cute. I put the picture up to demonstrate how a migraine brings out my natural beauty. ~ karen

  40. Janey says:

    Was it bc of the homemade neck pillow? Just kidding. Nothing like losing a day to a headache. Hope Saturday is better for you.

  41. carolmcc says:

    try accupuncture if you haven’t yet…migraines are one of the ailments it works well for…

  42. Sarah says:

    I’ve never had one myself bu know a lot of peeps who’ve got rid of them with acupuncture. If you can find a five elements acupuncture practitioner near you they’re particularlyd good I think.
    It can fix a whole host of other things too – longer legs, better hair etcetcetc

  43. amanda says:

    i get migrans and head aches every day. i’ve tried swimming, stretching, chiro, deep breathing, foot detoxs, sauna, cutting out sugar, making sure i have no cavities, going on a candida diet…still there. I just bought a balti ambered necklace. they’re supposed to help with pain relief. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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