Who knows what the West Texas wind blows in?

In Austin, Texas they have Cedar Fever. It's an annual illness that leaves a lot of people with fatigue, sniffles, headache, and any number of other ailments. But do you know what the craziest part of Cedar Fever is? It's not from the cedar trees, it's actually from the pollen of the juniper trees.

Here in Lubbock, we have our own seasonal illnesses. It kicks in when the West Texas wind blows in, leaving many of us with a headache. It's an odd kind of headache too. For instance, I feel no pain at this particular moment, but if I cough or clear my throat (things you generally do after a dust storm) I get a spike of pain that exactly follows that lightning bolt on a San Diego Charges football helmet.

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I'm not one to complain, at least too much, but the problem with these bangers is that they tend to hang on for weeks at a time with little relief. I guess it's good that most of the time you can't feel anything going on, but it does get a bit tiresome.

I have talked to multiple people who say the exact same thing happens to them after some (but not all) wind events. Some want to call it a "sinus headache" but it seems to track a bit further back than that for me.

Submitted by: Ken Winders
Submitted by: Ken Winders

I can't say if it's certain pollens like they suffer in Austin, or if it's just a big blast of dust that's causing the discomfort. For all I know, dust devils are real devils and they're flying through my nose into my brain.

This all leads to the question if many people are suffering from it, why haven't we given it a name? For right now I'm just calling it a "WestTexas Brainbuster" or that I'm suffering from "dust distress".


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