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What In The Cluster Fuck!

Recently I experienced one of the worst pain in my life, dare I say worst than childbirth! If you have never heard of Cluster Headaches, allow me to be your introduction.

Uhhh, this post could actually be written a few times with a few different titles…”How my 21-day juice fast went horribly wrong” “I think my brain is trying to kill me” “WebMD said, I’m Dead” and many more.

I guess we can start with the obvious one, “Why I think Dora, is problematic.” someone had to say it! No really, why has she not been taken away, her parents give 0 fucks,ijs. Anyhow, I decided one random day that I wanted to juice fast. I was feeling sluggish, unmotivated, sleeping too much, and eating with no movement. So I figured a great way to reset is with a juice fast, what could go wrong.

I started by watching Fat Sick and Nearly Dead for the million times and convinced myself I can do it! Made a planish… and pretended I knew what I was doing.

The Plan

Fri-Sun-Celery Juice, Water w/chia, Nuts, Tea no sugar
Mon-Fri-Combo Juices, Water w/chia, Nuts, Tea no sugar
and repeat for 21 days.

I was basically fasting from coffee, carbs, and sugar. No solids only juicing fruit and veggies (I am veganish) so it wasn’t a problem. I thought my biggest hurdle would be the coffee because I have never tried to stop drinking coffee since I started at 16yrs. But that was not the case.

I won’t take you through the pain but I lasted 8 days, lost 10.2lbs, and became very constipated. On day 7, I started feeling pain at the base of my skull and didn’t think too much of it, the next day the pain was much more intense and I found I could not turn my head left or right, so I assumed I must have a pinched nerve in my neck and began to treat it as such, neck rubs, hot/cold compress, ice packs the works, by day 9 the pain is getting progressively worse, I reached out to my mom for advice and this is where shit gets crazy.

Day 10.
By day 10, Amazon is getting all my money, I have ordered an inflatable neck brace, a poster corrector, pain patched for your neck, cooling patched for your shoulders, heating blanket with flaps, Advil, acetaminophen, nothing was working. So why have I not gone to the hospital, because I was scared! no need to lie, all kinds of stuff were running through my head, plus you have COVID and they make it seem as if soon as you step into a hospital you will become infected, so why would I willing take myself there? So I suffered, like a damn idiot.

My mom advised me to get in the shower and let hit water run on my neck and use the soap to help stretch it out, okay. Then let hot water run as hot as you can take it and inhale it up to your nose and blow it out, not oaky. Ma’am, why. No, I am not doing that. then she tells me her mother passed from a brain aneurysm, like WHY, why would you tell me that?!

WebMD

Occipital neuralgia can cause intense pain that feels like a sharp, jabbing, electric shock in the back of the head and neck. Other symptoms include: Aching, burning, and throbbing pain that typically starts at the base of the head and goes to the scalp. Painon one or both sides of the head.Jul 23, 2020

Spine Health
Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is characterized by a dull, non-throbbing pain that radiates from the neck to back of the head. The pain may spread along the scalp and affect the forehead, temple, and area around the eye and/or ear.

Mayo Clinic
Cluster headaches usually occur in cyclical patterns called cluster periods . Possible symptoms include severe pain in or around one eye or on one side of your head. There may be tearing, nasal stuffiness and a runny nostril on the affected side of the head.Jun 4, 2019

Postconcussion syndrome

Persistent post-concussive symptoms, also called postconcussion syndrome, occurs when concussion symptoms last beyond the expected recovery period afterthe initial injury. The usual recovery period is weeks to months. These symptoms may include headachesdizziness, and problems with concentration and memory.Oct 6, 2020

Aneurysm.

A sudden, severe headache is the key symptom of a ruptured aneurysm. This headache is often described as the “worst headache” ever experienced. Common signs and symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm include: Sudden, extremely severe headache.

Cervicogenic headaches
Typically, people who have cervicogenic headaches experience a headacheaccompanied by neck pain and stiffness. Certain neck movements can provoke cervicogenic headaches. In most cases, cervicogenic headaches develop on one side of the head, starting from the back of the head and neck and radiating toward the front.Jan 7, 2019

Day 11.

Talk about information overload, by now I have had a virtual appointment and put on strong migraine medication, and instead of feeling relief 2 things happened, first of all, the pain didn’t stop, it just got rid of the pounding, but that pain inside and underneath my skull, the one that made me feel like I was going birth through my head, feeling like my head is in a vice grip while being inflated like a balloon, that feeling was still there, so of course I must be dying. That only confirmed it. Because why didn’t the mediation help, but still I was reluctant to go to the hospital, I only needed to hold out a few days before I can go see the doctor, I can hold out.

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