Re: Bad Weekend Headaches
It sure sounds like something environmental/controllable/traceable. Stuff like brain tumors that cause headaches aren't fussy about the day of the week. Ditto the hormonal/cyclical headaches which are common in women.
What happens when you have a whole week of vacation? Or if you say took Thurs. & Fri. off work? Careful observation may help you figure out what is triggering this nasty situation. Here's a checklist of ideas:
1) Ergonomics at work. If your chair or work stresses upper back & neck, that can result in a tension headache after many days. Ditto poor posture while working.
2) Any special work tasks that you do on Thurs. & Fri. that might contribute to muscle strain or exposure to cleaners/chemicals/environments that contain smelly or toxic stuff. Chemical sensitivities are not uncommon in fibro.
3) End-of-the-week celebrations -- alcoholic beverages, certain foods, even MSG in a celebration pizza can trigger cluster headaches in those who are sensitive. Fri. night dates that result in exposure to certain fragrances / chemicals/hairspray/spermicides can trigger headaches.
4) Stress of catching up on the home front -- this can be significant.
5) Ergonomics while catching up on the home front -- is there something you're doing to stress upper back/neck when doing catch-up.
6) Chemical exposures at home while doing catchup -- laundry & cleaning compounds. It's possible to have tolerated these in the past but to now be showing sensitivity via headache.
7) Something in your home that is triggering an allergic reaction. New furniture, carpet, or pets?
8) Variations in sleep --staying up late or sleeping in late have been known to trigger headache syndromes in some people.
9) Variations in caffeine intake -- some people guzzle high test at the office & nothing on the weekend & that will set up for nasty headaches.
10) Mold exposure anywhere -- at home or at work, can trigger both fibro-like symptoms as well as neurological symptoms like headache. It can happen in people who have allergies to common molds (see allergist), but there are also some specific types of mold that are just plain outright toxic.
Others may have ideas as well. Best wishes on your detective work.
Last edited by elmhar; 08-14-2006 at 10:47 AM.