Diagnosis | The Life of K: Diagnosis

Friday, July 14, 2017


Are you squeamish? he asks me. 

I'm at the doctor's office with what I think is pink eye. He's checking my ears, nose and throat because my eye isn't pink.

I'm trying not to be squeamish wondering why in the hell he's asking me. He's looking in my left ear.

Does your ear hurt? Do you spend a lot of time outside?

There's a bug in my ear, a dead one. I get the feeling my doctor is a little squeamish himself. He gets the bug out and we move on.

I don't have pink eye. I have a cluster headache. 

Try Advil or Aleve he says. I leave wishing I had pink eye and a script for antibiotics to make the pain go away.

Cluster headaches are like migraines in your eyes. They're rare: about 1 in 1000 people get them. I'm lucky: Advil was enough to take the edge off and the pain went away completely after about 24 hours.

It sounds like they are part of me now. And I'm convinced that last summer when I did have pink eye and sinusitis, the immense pressure I was feeling behind my eye was my first cluster headache. They're linked to the body's circadian rhythm and if my body gives me a headache once a year that is treatable with Advil, I'm okay with that.

Just another brick in the wall.

1 comment:

  1. seems like it has been a rough couple of weeks for you. I have heard of cluster headaches, but never had one. Hopefully they don;t come often for you