October 09, 2005

What Is It About Life Post-40?

I now have perhaps the fifth migraine headache of my life, and the first one that's really lasted and hurt, rather than being purely visual or disappearing almost immediatly.

My grandmother had these. My mother used to get 'em, but controls the condition with medication.

So I guess the party's over, in case I hadn't figured it out from looking at my skin and hair—or feeling the twinges in my knees and ankles when I stretch at the wrong angle. I like to think I make up for it all in cunning.

Posted by Attila at October 9, 2005 07:46 AM | TrackBack

The eyes go next. If you are nearsighted, you'll find yourself taking off your glasses for close work, then needing them a second later, then requiring them off. There's a period where even bifocals don't help. Next comes dry eyes. Painfully dry eyes.

You'll have to settle for being at your sexual peak. Your hubby will have to perfect his neck massage technique to stop that headache inducing stress/tension. He may even run out and get you a bottle of Feverfew...I found it works most times.

Posted by: Darrell at October 9, 2005 09:05 AM

I'm ahead of you: I just got my first pair of reading glasses. I spend a lot of time switching around between the two pairs ;)

I'm glad I started T'ai Chi a while ago; I suspect that will help a lot.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 9, 2005 02:08 PM

Those were just memories of my 40's...I've moved along, sigh. For me, things actually got better late in my 40's: I reached a time where my eyesight started improving as I aged. You never do reach that point where you can dispense with glasses altogether, but it gets better. Hang in there!

Posted by: Darrell at October 9, 2005 08:50 PM

Oh, I shall. Consider the alternative ;)

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 10, 2005 02:22 AM

then there is the by the time you get your watch far enough away to see it clearly, it's too small to see it clearly point.

or so I've heard at least.

Posted by: tommy at October 10, 2005 07:17 AM

5 is not very many, but when you're in pain, it's hard to believe you will ever be out of it. It may be your last migraine, who knows?

PS Can your Angels PLEASE take out the horrid Yanks today??

Posted by: jeff at October 10, 2005 10:17 AM

Vinny Testaverde, age 41, led the NY Jets to a 14-12 victory on Sunday afternoon. Several hours later, Roger Clemens, age 43, pitched three shutout innings to get the win as the Astros defeated the Braves 7-6 in 18 innings.

Ain't nothin' wrong with being over 40.

Posted by: joated at October 10, 2005 02:52 PM

I have the perfect cure. Marathoning. Yep, that's the deal. Start running. When you start running you learn a lot about your body. You meet great people. It's fun.

Two pack-a-day Pat started running at age 50. Ran a marathon in 2001. Qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2004.

Here's something odd, though. I used to have migraines from my teens through my 20s. I saw a chiropractor and he fixed the problem.

Later, the migraines came back. I suddenly realized that they came on within half an hour of eating peanuts. I stopped eating peanuts and, hey presto, no migraines.

Posted by: Pat at October 10, 2005 09:20 PM

old age and treachery win over youthful inexperience every time.

Try excedrine migraine with a large glass of water.

If that doesn't work, see your doctor... they have wonderful new drugs that stop them before they start.

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