I have a problem with headaches. I don’t mean a problem as in, like, I have beef with them; I mean that I get them a fair amount.
I’ve never been diagnosed with chronic migraines like some people I know. I don’t know that I’ve ever even had a migraine. They say they’re incredibly intense and so much worse than a regular headache, but I don’t have anything to compare my headaches to other than my headaches, so I don’t know.
I bring it up because I had a headache when I came home from work today. I took some regular old Advil, and immediately got mad at myself because I had forgotten that I had some Tylenol “tension headache” medicine that I should have taken instead.
Which got me to thinking…how do the pills know? How do they know we’re to “go,” for lack of a better word? My understanding is that they actually don’t. I’ve been told by a doctor that all medicines of any given type are the same; there is nothing different that makes pills labeled “tension headache” actually relieve tension headaches. I don’t know if this is true, but the guy was a neurologist, so I took his word for it.
But the more I thought about it, the more value I put into the idea that if you think it works, and then it works, why mess with a good thing? If it ain’t broke, why medicate it, you know?
So as I’m sitting here with the remnants of a headache sticking around the back of my skull, yeah, I’m annoyed with myself. Screw you, neurologist guy. What do you know about head pain, anyway?