Computer geek. Spends a lot of time reading screens, books etc. Travels a lot for work. Gives conference talks, training and lots of other people focused stuff.
I've had bad headaches since before I was 10 years old. I remember some car trips from back then, when I'd have a shocking headache and just deal with it, because it wasn't anything new at that stage. They got more frequent over the years until when I was 14-17 they were almost daily. Certainly every day in my final year at school (year 12/form 6) I'd wake up, take two paracetamol (Tylenol) and wait 10 minutes until that kicked in before getting out of bed. Bad days would have me take another couple of doses throughout the day. I occasionally went over the maximum of 8 tablets a day when the pain was that bad. At some point I discovered Panadiene (paracetamol + codeine phosphate). That helped immensely with the stronger headaches.
Aspirin gives me shocking headaches. Guess that's some kind of intolerance. Kept me away from trying ibuprofen for years. Fortunately when I did try it, it helped immensely. Most of my headaches now are managed with paracetamol + ibuprofen + codeine.
When I was about 25, a dentist asked me whether I grind or clench my teeth at night. I said yes, I do. So I was diagnosed with bruxism and given a splint. This was miraculous and cut the daily headaches down to 3-4 a week.
I only take pain relief once my headaches reach a 4-5/10. Everything else, I just sort of compartmentalise away, and soldier on. I'm so used to living with a background of pain, that sometimes when I realise it's not there, I get quite a surprise.
In October 2011 I had 3 weeks of headaches, not strictly continuous, but every day, for most of the hours of each day. Then it stopped. Starting January 2012 I had 50+ days of headache, continuous, then it was most of the time (with some days as a break) for most of the next three years. During this time I tried propranolol (Inderal) and then amitriptyline hydrochloride (Endep), but the side effects were too severe.
In November 2014 I discovered that Merek advises against the use of the contraceptive I was on for anyone with migraine. After ceasing that, my headaches became significantly more manageable. and now I can (occasionally) go a full week without any headache, although I still have the occasional week-long period with a headache every day. The pain is less severe when I have them, too. Generally my life is on the mend, so I'm quite lucky.