Andrew Bogut returns to lineup

Updated: November 6, 2010, 9:29 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Andrew Bogut returned to the Milwaukee Bucks' lineup Saturday after missing a game because of a migraine.

Bogut still had a minor headache and was sensitive to light before the game against the New Orleans Hornets, but said he has come to realize that those symptoms are just part of the recovery process.

"To feel 100 percent, it takes 48 hours," Bogut said in the locker room. "But usually the next day I go back to do things again. Today I'll be playing through it."

Migraines are an ongoing problem for Bogut, who said he has suffered them occasionally since he was 12 or 13.

He missed a preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 16 after suffering one during pregame warmups. He came down with a migraine after lunch Friday, forcing him out of the lineup against Indiana.

"It was a real bad one for me," he said. "I just had to shut it down and rest. I was throwing up all afternoon."

Throwing up is part of Bogut's migraine routine.

Once he feels symptoms coming on, Bogut said he first tries to inject himself with a needle "pre-loaded" with drugs to help. If that doesn't work, such as Friday, he treats it with ice and a wet towel over his head. Then, one to three hours later, he vomits.

"Once I throw up, I throw up pretty much everything I've ate," Bogut said. "I threw up a lot yesterday. I started to feel better, and then I can fall asleep. When I wake up, I feel better. Always the next day, I still have a headache."

Bogut is averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.

"We need him," coach Scott Skiles said. "No team that had Andrew Bogut would be as good when Andrew Bogut is not playing. He's our guy."

Bogut never knows when the next migraine is going to strike.

"A lot of people think it's just a headache, but it's completely different," he said. "It essentially is a disease, and it's not curable, from what I hear. It's frustrating.

"It's just one of those things I have got to deal with in my life. I am trying to get some help with it, but there are a lot of [contributing] factors that trigger migraines. The list is endless."


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