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February Blog Carnival is Up: Sex and Migraines

February 9th, 2009

Yes, just in time for Valentine’s Day, what you’ve all been waiting for. Hop on over to Somebody Heal Me for the February 2009 Headache and Migraine Disease Blog Carnival.  To quote our host, Diana Lee:

The Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival has been created to provide both headache patients and people who blog about headaches with unique opportunities to share ideas on topics of particular interest and importance to us.

This month’s carnival asks “Can Sex and Migraines Co-exist?,” says, “Tonight, Dear! I have a Headache!” as well as a number of other interesting posts on Migraines, sex, pain, and chronic illness. Please be sure to check it out!

- Megan

Red rose image courtesy of Jesslee Cuizon.

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Migraine Consolation

February 5th, 2009

I have to thank Diana Lee for this topic, which I’m exploring for this month’s Migraine Disease and Headache Blog Carnival, I’ll excerpt the subject as: when sex can help with migraines – anything goes.  I’ll just warn you that as Danny (my dear hubs) discovered when he went off to college, girls are just as disgusting as boys, in their own way.

Hideous head pain got you down? Tired of dizziness, not being able to see straight, or losing sensation in one side of your body, or spending hours kneeling in front of the toilet? There is a consolation: sex can help with Migraine pain!  Now it’s true I’m being a bit sarcastic, and I guess that comes with the territory, because there’s a chicken and the egg problem here – it’s hard to feel sexy when you’re in a lot of pain.

When I was in my early twenties and having menstrual cramps that left me in bed moaning for hours at a time, I heard that an orgasm would help with menstrual cramps. There were times in there where I had a willing boyfriend to help out, but I found that, though I’m not generally the squeamish type, it’s hard to get into masturbation when the flow is heavy. Either it’s just a god-awful mess, or you have to spread out a towel and wear rubber gloves, and really, how sexy is that? When I managed it, I will report that yes, an orgasm helped. For a while.

Well, likewise with a Migraine. It’s a good theory. If the pain is severe, movement makes it worse. Though I will not turn up my nose at an orgasm most of the time, and would much prefer pleasure over pain, there is a level of pain I can’t seem to get past. If nauseous, that’s even worse. I defy you to show me someone who can really get in the mood when nauseous.

And there are other logistical issues. When I have a Migraine I tend to retreat to the quiet zone, my bedroom, where I can control the noise, light, and stimulation levels. I also have teenagers. I could go into a whole separate post about how difficult it is to have a sex life when you have teenagers. When your children no longer go to bed before you do, life gets complicated. Maybe it’s nature’s way of getting you ready to push them out of the nest. “Leave home already, your father and I haven’t had any nooky in…..”

But imagine, if you will, the combination of these two elements. I am away in my quiet cave upstairs, I have a Migraine but not one so severe that I can’t contemplate the deed, and I must somehow communicate to my spouse that I would like a little orgasmic intention directed my way. How do I do this without alerting the offspring, and how do we arrange the whole thing? Frankly my ingenuity level is not high during a Migraine either. I am most likely to hang the whole idea up and watch some Law & Order.

If we managed the logistics, would it help? We have managed it a few times, and I am happy to report that an orgasm, or three, is dandy for a Migraine. It may or may not make it go away, but it certainly helps for a while. Why not? Your body is flooded with feel-good chemicals and you are beyond relaxed. That’s got to help.

When I take a triptan and lie down to try to sleep off a bad Migraine, as long as I don’t have that mess situation going on, as mentioned above, I might give myself a little orgasm to help the process along. It doesn’t require much vigorous movement, and it’s not a bad tool to have in your Migraine toolkit.

- Megan

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February Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival Coming Up

January 28th, 2009

Believe it or not it’s almost February. I can tell because: 1. Winter has already gone on quite long enough and it’s not even half-way over – it will be halfway over next Tuesday, on February 2nd; 2. it’s my dear husband’s birthday in two days and that means it’s my birthday in a week (on February 4th) and we’re both going to be 50 which is really ridiculously hard to accept.

So what does that have to do with the blog carnival?  Ah, well, lest you accuse me of creeping senility, I did have a point… it’s almost February, and Diana Lee gave us lots of warning for the fabulous February Headache and Migraine Disease Blog Carnival – on the Valentine’s Day appropriate theme of “S*x & Migraines: having a s3x life despite migraines, migraines caused by six, when s&x can help with migraines – anything goes! Entries are due by the end of the day on Friday, February 6th. (Notice my clever attempt to foil the spammers – I’ll let you know if it works.)  Submit your carnival posts to Diana through the form on the carnival website or directly to her e-mail – find her through Somebody Heal Me.

The February carnival will be posted on Monday, February 9th at Somebody Heal Me.

Have fun with this theme – and stay warm! BRR!

- Megan

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