We all have those weeks that bring us down for whatever reason. This week it’s been my turn.
I suffer from migraines, I get them sometimes three times a week. There are times I go without one for months and then just like that I get hit.
A migraine is not a normal headache, anyone that says they have a migraine and don’t look like they’ve crawled out of a grave are full of it. A migraine is a debilitating thing that can cause a family to lose their home, like it did with me and my family.
The Definition: A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down.
Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg.
When I know a migraine is coming I see little things around objects, the auras. I also have severe sensitivity to light just before it hits. During the actual migraine I lay as still as possible (when I can) and hope that my kids stay quiet.
I have taken medications for my migraines, had vision tests, MRI’s and equilibrium tests. Nothing has ever come back.
The cause of most of my migraines is stress. It is easy to say, “reduce your stress” to someone when you don’t know their life. The pain itself feels like your head is in a vice and being struck repeatedly with a ball pin hammer.
I try to work 40 hours a week (migraines permitting), write 1500 words or more a night, play with my kids, write my blog and spend time with my wife. From the outside looking in it may seem like I am taking time away from work to do my writing, which is far from the case.
I am usually in bed with a towel on my head that is half covering my eyes to limit the light. All the blinds are closed in the room. The only thing with me is my dog, she stays with me when I have migraines.
I know not many people understand a migraine, it is something I have dealt most of my adult life. If you know someone that truly gets migraines, be sympathetic to them, they aren’t trying to ruin your day or holiday.
Migraine apps for the iPhone- iHeadache – This is the app I use to keep track of my migraines. It lets you track your symptoms, meds, triggers and contains a log. It is very useful!
Here is a full list for the iPhone.
Migraine apps for the Android – Here is the list of apps. I don’t have a Droid but this is a good list.
I took the criteria for diagnostic from here.