Saturday Headaches

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Like every Saturday I drag myself out of bed, eat a quick breakfast. I start my car drive to work about five minutes from my home and settle in to do my job. Almost every Saturday after sitting at my computer for a couple hours I feel a headache coming on. Slowly it gets worse throughout the reat of the day until I return home incredibly exhausted and in a lot of pain primarily on one side of my head right above my right eye.

How it happens, why it happens I have no idea. I have tried to understand why every week to see if it is something I'm eating, something to which I'm being exposed with no luck.

What I know

Every Saturday I work my longest shift which is 8 hours, all of my shifts during the week are all 5 hours. One would think possibly working on the computer for a longer period is triggering something. But keep in mind the headaches usually begin within a few hours of my being there so why wouldn't it happen during the week shifts. Strangely enough most of the time I go to work Saturday I have gotten more sleep the night before as I start work at 10:00 AM whereas during the week I begin at 7:30 AM. One would think being well rested would be better than being groggy and tired.

What I have tried

After seeing a doctor who was no help in the slightest as he prescribed Tylenol I tried a variety of different headache prevention methods. I began packing my lunch with a lot of vegetables and taking vitamins as I thought perhaps I had some type of vitamin deficiency. This had no effect. As I work in front of a computer and require a headset on my ear I switched the ear piece to the ear opposite the side of my head that was hurting. I thought perhaps the noise from the set on that ear was somehow causing the headache. This had no effect even after several weeks of doing that.

I also tried changing the resolution on the monitor I was using to a lower setting, allowing the print to be larger in an attempt to limit eye strain as a possibility. This also had no effect. We also switched from CRT monitors to newer flat screen monitors and this also had no effect on the problem. A few times over the past year I have had Saturday off and the headaches still developed on the same day. Although in these cases they seemed to start at a later time of day. How I account for this I'm just not sure. But keep in mind at home I am often on my computer as well so that may be a factor.

What I am unsure of

I have often researched many types of chronic conditions in hopes of identifying what is happening to me and why it can run on such a perfect clockwork. Things like Sinusitis, Tumors, eye strain and other issues spring to mind but more often than not I don't exhibit the other symptoms of each condition. So I continue to suffer and simply deal with it. But I really don't want to do that for the rest of my life. Let me know what you think. Any advice on what I should do, home remedies, possible causes or other questions put in the comments below.

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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Are you changing your sleep times Friday night/Saturday mornings and maybe sleeping in? I get migraines, and I've been told you need to have a regular sleep/wake time throughout the week/weekend. I like to sleep in on Saturdays and usually end up with one then. Also, if you are a caffeine drinker, are you getting less on this day or getting it later? Some things to think about and I hope you find an answer and relief soon!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Yes, I'm thinking like time2rite -- maybe the change in scheduling is causing the headaches. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I'm on the comp a lot. Of course through choice whereas you are at work however I've noticed that there are days where by the late afternoon I get headachy and days when I work on and off at the comp and no headaches. Perhaps it can be sffected by weather conditions, pressure etc. I also get headachy when I have some very intense work to do on the comp. Make a note for about a month what changes each Saturday or how you feel and how's the weather etc.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

time2rite - my sleep time does differ a bit I try to go to bed between 10 - 11 PM weekdays and by 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM on sat. Don't really drink much caffeine. Thanks for the thought I'll think more about it. I hope I find an answer too.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

alocsin - it is possible the time change could be a factormy other shifts are morning and Saturday I start at 10 AM so a few hours in would be when I would be ready to leave on weekdays. But why it happens that way though, not sure.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Tylenol does zip for my husband and I. I used ecotrin it goes through your blood and not your stomach so it does no harm


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Gypsy Rose Lee - thank you for the suggestions, I will try to keep all of my activities in mind. Thanks for commenting.


geordmc 4 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

If the headache is only on one side it might just be eyestrain. If you, like me , need glasses to read, one eye might be just a tad weaker than the other. This will cause the strain on the weaker side. If you wear glasses, check with you ophthalmologist to see if the lenses need tweaking a little bit. If you don't wear glasses, maybe a pair of over the counter readers might help.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

writer20 - I have been doing my best not to use any pills tylenol or otherwise. But out of the past couple years I have gotten to the point sometimes where I have given up and taken an extra strength tylenol. The majority of times though I can make it through.


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Leaderofmany 4 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

The overhead lights are they different, I know on weekends some places lower the lights during weekend hours. Are they brighter at different times?


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

geordmc - it is possible I have actually always felt my right eye is weaker than my left. I can see better when I cover my right eye and it waters when I am out in the bitter cold wind of winter.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

moedeeyah - no, lights are the same I think but I'll check on saturday to make sure.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Did the doctor check for thyroid and other organ functions? Heard that certain smells, paint, glue from carpets can cause headaches. Eating a Banana does help some.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

teaches12345 - to be honest the doctor wasn't very thorough and I suppose I will be back there eventually if it isn't resolved. In terms of paint, glue I'm not sure, possibly they may use a type of cleaner maybe a stronger one once a week on saturdays, I could look into that maybe.


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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oh I had a rather same problem but mine wouldn't be as targeted and specific as you are. I'll have a headache and both my eye will hurt. If you'll notice, this would occur in the day when you feel laziest. Am I right?

My wife knew the cure for my case and I hope it'll work for you too. My wife is a fitness trainer and she told me that a physically fit person is less likely to get headaches like this.

Try working out the night before Saturday. Just try jogging; jog for about 20-30 minutes. When you do, give us an update what'll happen the next day.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i suffered a severe headache every month due to my menstrual period but when i had this body detoxification it was gone, headache usually occurs due to stress, unpleasant conditions, or something you failed to do that causes guilt...of course i didn't just invent this but months of studying...

you need to unwind, relax, go to a vacation...meditate...eat a balanced diet...sometimes it's the toxins of the food we eat are eating us up too...


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terrisanzi 4 years ago from illinois

It's possible you may need glasses. Sometimes under different lighting conditions you might strain a bit more than usual and feel a headache. The other thing I would check is smell. Does someone where perfume or cologne. Maybe a cleaning service comes in on Friday night and uses a cleaner and there is a residue of an odor. Check your environment and if it's clear check what you have been exposed to Friday night. I used to walk into Walmart every Saturday morning for groceries and they had a lawn fertilizer section that set off my headaches. Now I just avoid that section of the store and am fine.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

rLcasaLme - you could be on to something for sure. I will be the first to admit that I am not super fit. I'll give it a try and let you know what happens.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

raciniwa - all very good advice maybe sometime in the future I will be able to take a vacation. For now I will try to live healthier and see if that helps over time. Thanks :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

terrisanzi - you could be right I'll see if I detect an odor this coming Saturday. Thanks for the help :)


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

you're welcome terrektwo...glad to be of help...


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

raciniwa - :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I notice I have been taken more headache medicine since I have been on the computer more and more. and my back kills me.. so sometimes I have to stop and just lay down. so i know what you mean.

Thanks for this HUB

DEBBIE


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

DEBBIE - that could be a big part of it for me as well I am at work on the computer and then at home on it as well.


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F5487laura 4 years ago from Yorkshire

I suffer with Sunday had aches, glad I'm not alone!


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F5487laura 4 years ago from Yorkshire

I suffer with Sunday head aches, glad I'm not alone!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

F5487laura - well as much as I'd like to keep you company I am really hoping to fix the problem soon. Thanks for commenting :)


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Interesting Hub. Lots of good suggestions have been made. I hope one of them helps you find a resolution to your headaches. My sympathies are with you.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

phdast7 - I hope so too, tomorrow is Saturday :(


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

Do you have food allergies? MSG, aspartame, nitrates, chocolate and aged cheese can set off a headache. Red wine can also be a culprit. Drink some powerade and take some calcium and magnesium and a bcomplex vitamin when the headache strikes. I have found this combination offers relief.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

lcbenefield = it could be allergies but I have never had any as far as I know. I will try as you suggest though. Thanks.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi terrektwo

Have you considered going to a naturopath? Conventional doctors prescribe drugs to only treat the symptoms rather than treating the cause.

Speaking of your doctor, you need someone who is serious about helping you.

One thing for sure is you should not have to continue to suffer and put up with it.

Please keep us updated.

Take care


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Sueswan - I had not considered a naturopath but it sounds like a good option. You are right when you say that I need someone serious about helping, it does seem like many of the doctors here are about numbers, getting as many in and out as possible. I went through Saturday again this past week and tried a few of the methods described by others, exercise, eating better, taking vitamins, checked for cleaning in the area, lighting, still not really making a connection but I will continue to try and determine what it is and try to continue a healthy lifestyle. I think I may have to be healthier for awhile for it to take effect. We'll see I guess.


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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oh and terrektwo, just in case you were thinking that I am superfit - I'm not. =)

My wife actually nags at me all the time to work myself out in the gym. LoL!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

rLcasaLme - no worries, I think you could at least partly right about the headaches though, I'm not as fit as I should be and do need exercise, I think it my at least help prevent the headaches, guess we'll see :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Everyone - My headaches continue this past Saturday was particularly excruciating. I will struggle on as always but think that if I can't figure it out soon I will have to go back to the doctor and try again to get help.


aks 4 years ago

i am also suffering with the same problem. i tried lots of things but no effect. almost 70% Saturday i feel my head paining. and one day while looking in my astrology result i found Saturn is weak and a weak saturn causes such problem as per astrology. now i am going to try out wearing blue sapphire. may it work.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

aks - well, I don't know too much about Astrology but I am a bit worried it may be something like a tumor or something at this point but why only Saturday I'm still not understanding, guess we'll see.


sonia 4 years ago

Hi,

i too have the same problem..I have another bigger problem as well..IgaNephropathy..it's a kidney disorder with hypertension. I would suggest you go and do a blood test and then see a nephrologist.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

sonia - I'll try that and see what I can find out, thanks.


Homitu 3 years ago

I signed up for this site just so I could respond to this, as this thread came up as one of the first hits in a google search I conducted this morning on this topic. I've gotten headaches every Sunday (today) without fail for literally the last several years. I also suffer from migraines, which can emerge sporadically on any day. I've gotten tension headaches in the past as well, and I can usually differentiate between migraines and other forms of headaches. The headaches I get on Sundays tend to be creeping migraines that grow in intensity throughout the day unless I do something about them.

I'm afraid I don't have much advice on how to prevent them (obviously, if they've been recurring for years for me), but I can offer some of the things I do to deal with them.

I usually (but not always) wake up with what I would call premonitions of an oncoming headache (mild background pain, but nothing that would inhibit me in any way.) While still in bed, I take 2 excedrin migraine pills. They have caffeine in them, so this will be sure you get you out of bed quickly. This usually (but not always) completely gets rid of the headache for a few hours in the morning. It always returns, however. Sometimes all it takes is more medicine, but not usually (and I never like to take more than 4 excedrin pills in 1 day.) If I can take a nap for a significant amount of time (3-4 hours) in the afternoon, that can usually (but again, not always) get rid of it as well. As an alternative to a nap, I offer the most successful remedy I've come across. Drum roll.....sex/masturbation. (All hail the anonymity of the internet to allow the freedom of such discussions!)

Once will usually suffice for me. If not, a second round will almost always do the trick. I should also probably mention that I'm a guy, as there could certainly be a difference between genders. Now I know this sounds like the greatest remedy for anything ever, but if your headaches are like mine, they don't exactly put you in the mood. So sometimes the nap almost sounds more appealing. If you have a partner, just don't cry wolf and abuse it! (Honey, get in here! I have another headache!)

I don't pretend to know the biology/chemistry/physiology behind this remedy. I suspect it has something to do with blood flow. I just know that it has a near 100% success rate for me.

Unfortunately, if you're at work on the days you suffer from these headaches, these *remedies* may not be options. Nevertheless, I figured I would offer my experiences. Anything to potentially help give relief.

As for preventing them, I noticed it has been 6 months since your last comment. If you've since found a resolution to your ailment, please share! I've also suspected it might have something to do with sleep patterns or diet/nutrition. I generally get to sleep in until 9am during the week (work at 10), but I have to be up for 6:45-7am on Saturdays (work at 8). This doesn't affect me on Saturday, like you, but I think it could still have something to do with my Sunday headaches (on which day I tend to sleep in until 10ish.) I suppose I should just try to wake up steadily at 7am every day for a few weeks, as awful as that sounds to me...


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terrektwo 3 years ago from North America Author

Homitu - thanks for all your advice. I will see what I can do with it. I haven't really found a fix for the headaches I get but a few observations I have gathered. A few times, once for two weeks in a row I took Saturday as a vacation day. It seemed to throw off my headaches. On one day it kind of came on but disappeared. Then the next week it started on Friday instead but again faded. When I returned to normal Saturdays it didn't happen the first Saturday, possibly not even the next Saturday but eventually as I continued my normal schedule it began to happen as it always does. So it must have something to do with something that falls into my normal schedule, sleep, something I do, eye strain from the computers, etc, I'm still not sure. I'll try some of your remedies and see what happens.

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