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Is headache a pregnancy symptom? - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Is headache a pregnancy symptom?
I sure hope it is, because otherwise I went through Saturday for no good reason.

I woke up Saturday morning with a mild headache. Waking up with a headache is always a bad sign, because it means it can only get worse. So I looked in the medicine cabinent for some tylenol (the only drug I'm currently allowed to take other than progesterone), only to discover that the only tylenol in the house was tylenol pm. Normally this is just the stuff. Why would you want to do anything other than sleep when you have a headache. Since the pain would otherwise keep you awake, the combination on pain killer and sleep aid is brilliant. Except its not so brilliant when there are the embryos to consider, the embryos that are so delicate that I can not have caffine or artificial sweetners. Sigh. I didn't take anything.

Predictably the headache got worse. Then we went to out. psychohist was a real sweetie and drove, because the first choice of talking the T was clearly out of the question. Love is offering to drive to Harvard Square on a Saturday. In retrospect I should have called at the last minute and cancelled. That is what cell phones are for. On the other hand, the desire to see friends and my natural stubborness betrayed me. I had a reasonably good time in spite of the pounding in my head, but by the time I got home I was in sad shape.

I spent the rest of the day in bed. I couldn't sleep because of the pounding, but bed is quiet and dark and requires no moving. When you can feel your pulse in your temple moving is a bad plan. After the nightly shot I finally figured out that it was bad enough that I was justified in treating my husband like a minion and sent him out in search of regular tylenol. I doubted it would actually do anything, but I had to try something as I was beginning to find the opiates left over from my surgery a tempting thought.

A short time later psychohist returned with the tylenol. "Do they make tylenol in anything other than extra stength," he asked. No. He wanted to know if I wanted the full dose of two. Yes. Actually, I wanted the entire bottle, but I'd settle for two. Miraculously the tylenol did cut into the headache enough to allow me to sleep. And that is why husbands are the best invention ever.
mijven From: mijven Date: December 17th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

The short answer - yes. Pretty much everything can be associated with a pregnancy symptom thought.

Still short answer - yes. Your temperature is (presumably) a smidge elevated, which always gave me headaches (until I adjusted.)
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jaedian From: jaedian Date: December 17th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


Headaches can be a symptom of pregnancy. I am susceptible to migraine headaches that are often brought on by my menstrual cycle. And I also seem to get lots of headaches when I am pregnant, particularly this time around.

I didn't notice headaches as a very early pregnancy symptom though. Breast tenderness and extreme fatigue, were the first (pre positive preg test) symptoms I noticed. But that was still 1.5 to 2 weeks post conception.

IVF may be a bit different since you are adding external (extra) hormones to the mix as well. (plus a little stress?) And for me at least, any perturbations in hormone levels seems to be a potent migraine trigger.

I am really hoping this attempt works out for you though!
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remcat From: remcat Date: December 17th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Headaches

The good part about using progesterone to get pregnant was that it worked (witness, Eli). The bad part was that most early pregnancy symptoms stem directly from ... you guessed it ... elevated progesterone levels. So the treatment to help me get preg, also gave me all the signs I know so well from Seth. It sucked to have to totally disregard my usually quite useful body signs. (For me, headaches and fatigue, followed by food aversions and general nausea.)

I gave up caffiene for Seth, but couldn't manage it for the other two. My reasoning? #1 -- there was no way I could make it through the day otherwise, and #2 -- the main "risk" of caffiene consumption during preg is low birth-weight babies. Not something I'm concerned about! :)

Will you know the test results on Wed, or Thur?
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greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 18th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Headaches

I've actually decided not to get tested until Thursday, so Warren (who is taking Thursday off) can be with me when we find out whether it worked or not. We should get results Thursday afternoon.
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kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: December 18th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
You're going to need to practice a little more selfishness, and send him out for stuff without hesitation. I don't even know the guy (sadly, apparently it was your vicious headache that prevented me from meeting him after we ate), but I guarantee that he'd prefer you to allow him to cater to your every wish.
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merastra From: merastra Date: December 18th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. After an hour or two of pounding pain/discomfort, it's fair and probably good to at least mention to one's SO that you would like some meds if they could rustle some up. After all, you need to think about lead time.

I'm hoping this is a good sign for you though.
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dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: December 18th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most guys would feel relieved that there's something they can do to help, y'know. :)

It was nice seeing you, although you were visibly wilting at the end. Perhaps it was too much pinkness.
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From: treptoplax Date: December 18th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or at least relieved to not have to guess as to whether they ought to be doing something...
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