Not actually Erin.
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One of the more delightful side effects of these allergies is that I have frequent headaches. This is because the mucous in my sinuses prevents the pressure inside my head from equalizing with the outside world, so any time the weather changes -- high pressure front, low pressure front, rain, storm front, etc etc -- my head hurts as the pressure inside my skull tries to equalize with the pressure outside.
Some days I can handle the pain with simple over the counter medications. Other days, the pain is so horrible that the only thing I can do is crawl into bed and hope to pass out into the perfect painkiller than is unconsciousness.
In a SHTF scenario, neither of these options are likely to be available to me. But there is one pain easement technique (not a cure, mind you -- it soothes but doesn't solve) I know which works on every headache I've had: Having the top of my head scratched with fingernails.
I'm not entirely sure why this works. I believe there's a nerve cluster there, and stimulating it with vigorous fingernail scratching helps me relax. All I know is that it works, and it can make a terrible headache into a tolerable one, or help destroy one when combined with painkillers.
If you have a headache that won't go away, give this a try. In my experience it requires actual scratchiness, so if you don't have any fingernails then you may have to substitute something stimulating, like a brush with stiff bristles.
Let me know if this works, and if you have any other sure-fire headache solutions that can be used post-SHTF, please list them in the comments below.
And now I'm off to bed, as my head has been aching all afternoon.