The first one is the one everyone else has. The second one is in charge of my headaches and has a mind of its own!
Since 2013 I’ve had an adjustable shunt, it’s changed me into a walking barometer. Right now the sky is blue and the sun is shining, but I have a weather migraine. Because of these migraines I usually know, with more accuracy than our local tv weather guy, if there’s a thunderstorm approaching.
I’m betting there’s going to be one later today.
My ‘other brain’ is responsible for: regular migraines, which I usually get after eating something on my ‘do not eat-it will give you a migraine’ list. Until recently I couldn’t eat cheese without getting a migraine two days later. However, now I appear to be able to eat most white cheeses? Why only white cheddar and not yellow cheddar? Ask my ‘other brain’. How did I suddenly become able to eat pizza at all (including triggers of cheese, cured meats, etc.)? Why can I eat some pizza and not get a migraine and still get a migraine if I eat others? I’m not in charge of that.
I’ve also suddenly developed a sensitivity to gluten, which by-the-way only exists in wheat, barley and rye. Why can I eat whole barley (as in the rice-looking grain) but not something made from barley? Why can I eat some wheat bread and not others. These gluten headaches appear immediately after I’ve eaten something that offends-you guessed it-my ‘other brain’.
My ‘other brain’ has also decided I can’t lie on the back of my head, or sit in a recliner without getting a headache. I have to put a tiny pillow behind my head while in the recliner, and use a small travel tempur-pedic-like pillow to sleep with. Just the sort of thing you want to deal with while getting a massage, or about to try to meditate your poisonous thoughts away. Apparently the ‘other brain’ doesn’t understand these headaches aren’t relaxing, and they add more to the poisonous thoughts.😒
I don’t think an ‘other brain’- ectomy is available currently, but maybe with the advances in modern medicine, who knows anything can happen. I survived infant viral meningitis, I’m thriving well for someone who acquired hydrocephalus as an infant. I’m actually blessed.😇