||[Jul. 12th, 2011|11:15 am]
The Question Club
okay here's another medical problem post for you, dr. tqc.|
For the past few weeks, a month or so, I've been getting headaches every day. usually in the late afternoon, sometimes later, sometimes earlier. They're not usually SEVERE, just irritating. A throbbing, sometimes shooting pain, hard to locate. I usually just take an Aleve (the pain reliever I happen to have) and it goes away. Occasionally they last hours and hours. Today I have a severe one and it's not even 11. I took an Aleve but it's still bad.
I never used to get headaches so this is out of the blue. I drink a lot of water so I'm not dehydrated. I walk a lot, I'm young, the only other medical condition I have is an overactive bladder which I'm on medication for. When it was storming out I did get a really bad one and my friend said it was from the changing pressure. there were however two changes in my life around the time when the headaches started:
-I became unemployed. I've been job searching. Yes, it is stressful, but at the same time, my old job was stressful too, so I feel that my stress levels aren't out of the ordinary. Also, I do yoga once or twice a week which helps with that.
-I switched to vegetarianism / mostly veganism. But I did all the research and I eat a healthy, balanced diet. Get my protein from beans, tofu, nuts, occasional dairy, greens, grains. I do have an very fast metabolism and feel like I have to eat a LOT to keep up with it. I also can't spend a lot on food, being unemployed. But I still am eating a LOT. My brother got migraines when he was young and scrawny though which is why I'm thinking I could be getting those as I'm pretty lean right now.
Anyway, is this worth seeing a doctor over (I have health insurance)? Are these migraines? Should I be using a different pain reliever? Taking vitamins?