Philippians 3:12-14 (The Message Bible)

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Headaches are such a PAIN

So...I've been having headaches for about 2 weeks straight now. Nothing horrible or major...just enough to make me take Tylenol 2 or 3 times a day EVERY day. It's getting really irritating now though and I've been trying to think "outside the box" or the tylenol bottle--and see if there could be any explainable reason for them. I've come up with a few:
1. Dehydration. Not sure about this...but I know I am drinking wayyyyy less water than I was during the summer. I'm lucky if I drink 1 bottle of water a day, maybe 2 on workout I'm trying to increase this.
2. I have some really tight muscles in my neck/shoulders that bother me a lot. When Matt takes 15 seconds and rubs them, I can feel the tension just MELT out of that area and my headache seems to go away temporarily. After talking to some friends about this on Sunday, I'm thinking about scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor...??
3. Not enough stretching/too much lifting heavy weight. I do a lot of heavy lifting preparing for my classes and instructing my classes but I don't do nearly enough stretching. On Sunday I did P90X Stretch X and WOW! Besides the fact that it had a very peaceful calming effect on me, I also felt MUCH better afterwards and so much looser and less uptight. That P90X...they have a video for EVERYTHING! :o)
Anyhow...I really hope this ceases because it's beginning to really wear me out. I wake up with a headache and go to bed with a headache. And for those of you who saw where I posted about the miracle-working Peace of Mind that Origins does help relieve the pain "on the spot" like it says. It just comes back within about 15 I know I need something more.

On a side note...for those of you following me on my fitness instructing journey: Things are getting SO MUCH easier. It is starting to come more natural now. YAY! I wondered if it would ever feel "second nature" to be up there in front of the class talking over the microphone but yesterday I strayed from my notes and just did what came to my mind and it went really great. I hope (and plan) that by the end of this temporary job (ends in Dec.) that I will have a clear sight of what I really want from this--whether I want (or God wants me) to pursue instructing further...or if it's time to move in a different direction. I really think this is preparing me for something bigger...something more powerful in the way of ministry. Only God know's right now....!


Kate said...

The chiropractor has brought me soooo much relief this past year. You may want to give them a try.

Do you suffer from allergies/ sinus problems? I know when the weather changes I get bad headaches, especially in the Fall. NeilMed nasal rinses help alleviate the pressure.

Feel better my friend! I'm excited to see what lies ahead for you in the fitness world!

Amy said...

I second Kate's comment about how great the chiropractor has been for relieving my headaches. I've suffered from severe headaches and neck pain since a car accident when I was 17 and have been through physical therapy, occupational therapy, several chiropractors and WAAAYY too many different types of medication to relieve my neck pain/headaches.
Finally after all of that I went to a chiropractor around here and I swear that man has magic hands! I had suffered with this for over ten years and FINALLY found just the right thing. He is the 4th chriropractor I've gone to and the only one who has helped. I don't know what made him different from the rest because he did the same thing (as far as I could tell) but it sure did help!
I say definitely try it! Good luck!!

Amy said...

oops...chiropractor. :)

Absolutely Jen said...

Hi Jen! I stumbled across your blog via other P90X blogs I follow. Anyway! I just wanted to say I really enjoy your posts! Thanks for sharing!

A fellow P90Xer,

Rene' said...

I had a headache for about a week too, mine is gone now, but I attributed it to allergies maybe. I did add more water and tried acupressure on my forehead a bit (myself)-that does help too. Anyway, all your solutions sound right, so give em a try. hope it goes away soon. Glad u are feeling more comfortable instructing :) u do great!

thelaytonfamily said...

I found your blog searching for p90x recipes...I enjoy reading it now and again. I was reading your post below about trying new beachbody videos and I wanted to tell you I love turbo jam. I mostly only use the fat blaster one because it's a great cardio that's fun and quick paced yet only 30 mins so it's easy to combine it with a second video if you want to. When I wear my bodybugg I burn about 250 calories in the 30 minutes. (love my bodybugg too!)

KC said...

Sounds to me like you are simply dehydrated. I get major headaches if I don't drink enough water. With as active as you are, you should be getting a minimum of 64 ounces a day.
I bought a re-fillable 32 water bottle with attached lid (kind of like what they have on biggest loser, but with a smaller mouth on it), that I refill with our filtered water. I make myself drink 2-3 of those a day. It really helps with keeping track of how much water you are getting.