Headaches. It seems like I suffer from one every single day. Most days I wake up with one, other times it sets in later in the evening. They vary in severity from I-got-this to OMFG-kill-me. Sometimes taking a few Advil knocks the headache out in about half an hour, other times it just lessens the pain enough to allow me to get through the day. It’s something I’ve lived with since my childhood.
These are just headaches, mind you. Migraines are an entirely different beast. I’m thankful (yes, thankful) to only suffer a migraine about once every two months. I get quite a few headaches that border on the severity of a migraine, but don’t quite reach that excruciating point. How do you know if you’re suffering from a migraine? Well, with mine, there is no trying to pretend it doesn’t hurt and painkillers rarely help. The barest hint of light hurts, the softest whisper is deafening, and the pounding in my head is usually so ridiculous that I become physically ill and vomit.
Ever since joining the writing community at large on Twitter, I’ve noticed something. A surprising amount of fellow writers also suffer from frequent headaches. This has me wondering. Is there a biological connection between writing and headaches? Is there something in our brain that, while helping to form the creativity and drive to write, links us to being more susceptible to headaches?
I’m certainly no scientist, nor do I know enough about biology to make any real assertions. It’s a curiosity though. In my curiosity, I put forth a question on Twitter:
Here are the responses I got:
In reference to @gypsyroots’ tweet, turns out he made a blog post on this very topic quite some time ago. So I’m not the first person to wonder about a connection between being a writer and suffering from headaches.
Are you a writer who suffers from frequent headaches? What do you think about there being a potential connection? Do you think it’s something biological, or maybe just something as simple as writers being a high-stress lot? Lemme know. I’m curious to discover how many other people out there deal with this on a daily basis and gather your opinions on the subject.