I spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday with a headache. It started Monday night, really. I ate some ramen while I was sitting down to go over the math review for the GRE. I didn’t think anything of it. It’s just ramen. Some noodles and broth, whatever. My period just started, so when I started getting the headache, I didn’t really think anything of it. Just menstrual issues. I think I had ramen for lunch the next day. You see, a box of twelve packets is like, $5.00 or something. It’s ridiculously cheap and who can argue with a 3 minute prep time? Not this midwestern girl.
So Wednesday night rolled around and I finally got rid of my headache. Thursday passed without incident.
Joe showed up tonight on his way home to Lansing for the weekend. He suggested we go out to the Chinese buffet here in town and I thought it sounded like a pretty good idea, I needed a break from poring over stacks of vocabulary flash cards. We went and like usual, I ate far too much. When we got home, we watched a little TV and relaxed for bit. After a little while, I started to get a headache.
My mom had asked me during my previous bout of headachiness if I had been eating a lot of ramen. I told her I’d had some the previous day and then had some for lunch that day. She thought it might be the sodium that was wonking up my system, but when I mentioned that usually eating something salty and crunchy helps with my headaches, she mentioned that MSG may be the culprit. I kind of brushed it off and told her I figured it was probably that I was starting my period.
But after tonight, the MSG thing makes more sense. I did a little research and though mainly harmless, MSG has been known to cause headaches in people who are sensitive to it.
So no more ramen for me. At least until after I take the GRE on Monday. My head is Lame with a capital L.
But on the bright side, two of my letters of recommendation have been submitted.