Because I suffer from chronic, unrelenting headaches, I have characters in my stories who do. And, I like to see how other authors describe this sort of pervasive, life-altering pain. How do they effectively communicate a misery truly only understood by other people who get them? For example, I had a neurologist once tell me that he worked with headaches so I could too. Clearly, the unrelenting monster in his skull had chewed through his bedside manner.
A note: These are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).
Here’s my list:
- It all made her head ache
- The world’s spinning and I want to vomit, but yeah, I’m okay. His head pounded, sharp and heavy.
- Migraine threatening at the back of his head
- Head throbbing
- A headache ground into her temples
- Concussed by a headache
- Awakened with a monster headache
- Said without interest
- Jane rested her head in her hands and began to rub her temples, trying to massage away the headache.
- He laughed. The pain in his head flashed hard and hot.
- If only her head would stop pounding.
- She closed her eyes, fighting off nausea. Trying, even through the pain, to remember how she could have arrived at this strange, dark place where nothing seemed familiar.
- Stomach heaved
- Wave of nausea
- A headache flared
- The headache, a familiar electric pain behind his eyes
- Hangover gathering strength like an oncoming storm
- a throbbing headache was developing beneath his temples
- muscle in his right cheek flexed
- Living with her headache
- My headache had returned
- Thrumming/buzzing/purring/vibrating/drumming headache behind her temples
- She winced, brows furrowed tight with pain
- A needling headache behind his right ear
- The rhythm of blood throbbing in my temple
- Skull pounding
- Stick hot needles in her eyes
- temple twitched
- She finally got to the edge of her headache
- Head felt like it was filled with straw
- her heartache had gone numb
- belligerent hangover
- aspirin bounced off his headache like it was armored
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.