Health and Wellness

My Splitting Headaches … Just One Thing Makes It Better

I can usually feel them coming when the dull pain starts just behind and above my left eye starts starts and tightens. Then I start to see a multi-colored circular pattern that blocks a small portion of my vision. Sometimes the circular shape is a sharply defined line. The pain continues to draw in towards a focal point and worsens. As the pain intensifys the optical disturbance increases. In a few minutes I can no longer make out characters on a printed page or computer screen.

One Thing Makes it Better

Fortunately that is about as bad as my symptoms get. I am lucky my optical migraines don’t include any nausea or vomiting. When I start to feel the pain and see the visual oddity I head straight for the faucet. I need water. Usually 16 ounces is enough. Minutes later I begin to feel better and my vision improves, although a dull headache stays with me for most of the day.

Easy Access to Clean Water

I am lucky I have easy access to clean and plentiful water. In my modest sized house I have six taps that can freely flow with an unlimited supply of fresh and clean water. Nearly 1 billion people in the world don’t have access to clean water. That is one in eight of us lacks access to fresh and sanitary water. Contaminated water is a frequent cause of disease and lack of access to water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning can exacerbate many diseases.

Blog Action Day

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.