The Nagging Pain

Ever woke up in the morning suffering from a nagging pain in the head, instead of praising God for a beautiful morning that has broken? That is the worst that could happen. And worst, at the instant you open your eyes from sleep.

I could have stayed at home to rest yesterday. But my workload and an appointment awaited me. The pain was on and off so I decided to go to work after a bout of puke that was caused by the headache. There wasn’t even something to vomit but a glass of milk. That was the only intake I had because I don’t eat breakfasts very early in the morning. I am a picky eater during mornings. I took my breakfast at around 9 am only to puke afterwards everything that I ate which was very minimal – about 1/8 cup of rice and a few pieces of chopped fried pork chop.

The aspirin did not help and even made me puke even more upon reaching the office. Eeeewww!!! Bitter acid that tasted like pungent liquid! I tolerated pain that was nagging me until I decided to go home at 3 pm. The person I was waiting for did not arrive. The bastard didn’t even bother to call.

The pain had prompted me to do research about HEADACHES. Here is a short synopsis about headaches:

Headache, pain in any part of the head. Although the condition is widespread, less than 1 percent of all headaches indicate serious physical problems. This small percentage includes headaches caused by, or occurring after, concussion or injury to the head, meningitis, encephalitis, stroke, or brain tumors. Headache may also accompany misalignment of the jaw or teeth. Short-lived headaches may occur after eating very cold foods or foods high in nitrites or monosodium glutamate. Caffeine withdrawal also may provoke headaches.

Three main groups of headache:
a. migraine, a recurrent, severe headache, usually with throbbing on one side, accompanied by nausea and sometimes impaired vision
b. cluster, similar to migraine, but of short duration, occurring daily in series over weeks or months and predominantly in the area of one eye
c. tension, a headache without consistent location thought to result from contractions of the face, scalp, or neck muscles.

Most of tension headaches respond to mild analgesics like aspirin and acetaminophen. Severe migraine and cluster headaches do not respond to aspirin, but can be relieved by a variety of medications that affect the expansion or contraction of blood vessels. Headaches of all three major categories have been relieved in many cases with biofeedback techniques.

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On Emotions

Nagging pains of the head, except those that indicate serious problems, die down after a series of medication – be it light or through biofeedback. But there is a pain that numbs the senses but nags the heart and you don’t even know when it started exactly. It grows now and then as time passes by. It is like agony that is inside you and you can never tell its story.

It is when your heart grows weary and hope seems to have vanished that this pain started again to nag and longings arise. It is like poison inside that no antidote could counteract its effect or reduce its bad effects, an antidote that could be a welcome relief.

But as Kahlil Gibran had spoken,

Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931)
Lebanese-born U.S. mystic, painter, and poet.

The Prophet, “On Pain”

5 thoughts on “The Nagging Pain

  1. Hi Bing. Its been a while. I can relate, I guess. There are times that I have all these aches and pains that I just can't figure out. I was even “semi-addicted” to painkillers once. Paracetamol, ibuprofen, mefenamic acid, etc. Popping a pill for pain, imagined or real, seemed second nature then. And to think that I also have a tendency to be a hypochondriac.

    While sometimes headaches can have real underlying causes, it has been my experience that the vast majority of them are caused by stress…be it work related, or emotional. Perhaps you should loosen up. I know its easier said than done, I can't hardly relax myself at times. But getting rid of stress does go a long way in getting rid of our pains.

    Of course, like you said, there are certain pains that no pill can get rid off. These are the ones that we choose to create ourselves. And it is through ourselves who can find relief.

    Its ironic. Without pain, I suppose, there would be no way of determining if we are indeed really are alive. This is because we would never know if we had the heart to conquer it.

    “Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” – Tagore

    Cheers Bing! 🙂


  2. hi ron allan,

    yea, it's been a while… how are you?

    i am never like that – just taking pills for simple pains. i would say as long as i can tolerate the pain, i would prefer not to take a pain killer. i agree that most of them are caused by stress, too. but that one i had, which came from sleep.. really weird – imagine waking up with a headache that caused me to puke?

    pain is one ingredient in life… though it nags at times, it makes me feel life!

    thanks once again for your inspiring words, ron allan!


  3. hi DOPS…

    nice of your to return the visit! i am ok now, thank you.

    that's informative ha. buti na lang naagapan ang case mo.


  4. off topic, mam tapos na po yong answer ko sa tagged mo pasensiya ka na weekend warrior ako, DH kasi ako dito sunday lang off ko…hehehe


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