Hey, Migraine, what gives?

Seriously? A four-day-migraine! I can’t tell you how wonderful I feel now that it’s finally over. I’m not sure if any of you suffer from this horrific pain but it definitely sucks.

I’ve had them throughout my life; although, they became more prominent in college. Turning off lights and closing my eyes do not work; that actually makes me nauseated.

I had a great pregnancy with no migraines or morning sickness. Right after Oster was born, the migraines kicked into high gear and the only place you could find me was hugging the toilet.

Thankfully Dancing with the Commode wasn’t part of the agenda for this 4-day marathon.  Instead, I was graced with blotchy cold sores popping up under my nose.

I’ve had scans on my brain to check for tumors: none, thankfully

I’ve had drugs prescribed to me before Oster:  they sometimes worked

I try over-the-counter drugs to help relieve pain: they sometimes work

I have to make an appointment to see a specialist: this is getting out of hand. I seriously can’t function for the first day when these hit.

After a couple of days, it’s easier to handle because it feels like the pain is never going to go away and I just have to deal with it.

Home remedies I use to help me tolerate or get rid of a migraine:

Double shot of espresso

Keep active (my head [and stomach] always feels better if my body is in motion)

Stay away from any foods with sugar

Put peppermint oil on temples (my forehead turns a nice shade of green)

Eat bland foods

Stay hydrated

No reading, no watching TV and no computer (extremely hard to follow this one)

Agenda for this afternoon: Call that specialist and get in to see her!

 

Photo from: Glamcheck

29 thoughts on “Hey, Migraine, what gives?

  1. I used to suffer from migraines in my 20s – very bad for a few years. Though I can still get that feeling now like one might be just about to happen but I havent had a full blown migrane for years. The funny thing is, if I eat something sugary, that helps get rid of the feeling. And caffene definitely makes it worse. I guess we are all different.
    I really hope you dont get another like that one – 4 days is WAY too long to suffer like that.

    • I know! Thanks so much for sharing. For some reason, I don’t know why some of us (me) feels better when they can talk with people that go through the same thing. I’m seeing the specialist today! They had a spot open when I called yesterday 🙂

      • Thats great – hope the specialist can help. I recently heard someone on the radio talking about how botox injections had helped. I dont know how that works – but he said it had finally given him some relief….!

      • This is something new! I haven’t heard this before.

        I’ll do some research (google) and talk to the specialist about it today. I’m interested to learning more about it. Thanks for bringing this up.

  2. Wow. I get migraines and terrible tension headaches from time to time, but I couldn’t even imagine what you must be going through. That’s so horrible. I hope the specialist will be able to help you and fast. Stay strong!

  3. Ouch!!! Sorry you have been dealing with migraines. I have been told caffeine is good sometimes for it.

    Hope it just goes away altogether, it is usually a typical and annoying nuisance…feel better. Hugs

    • Yes…well put…it is an annoying nuisance. It’s gone today and I probably won’t get another one for a few weeks at least but I’m going in to see the specialist tonight. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for the hugs.

  4. Patty-have you tried acupuncture? I have heard of people having great success. I had a headache that lasted weeks and it was muscle related…acupuncture really helped!! Might be worth investigating?

    • Oh! This is a great idea. Are there acupuncturists that specialize in muscle-realted headaches? I’ll have to do some research. Thanks so much for this idea! I’m seeing the one specialist tonight. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  5. Hi Patty, sorry you’re suffering so much. When I was a child I got migranes thankfully that passed, pain unbelievably strong. Hope you find a cure to suit you very soon, so you don’t have to endure that again

    • Thanks! I’m going this evening. I’m truly looking forward to seeing this doctor and I hope I’ll get some answers. It’s good to hear your migraines have subsided since childhood. I’ve heard they get better as you grow older and mine seems to be doing the opposite. We’ll see pretty soon. Thanks so much.

    • Thanks, Mitzie. I was trying to write this post at the beginning of the week but it was too painful to look at the computer screen (or even paper and pen). I’m actually glad I wrote it afterwards because it is more comprehendible than if I were to write it “under the influence of migraine”.

      Thank you so much for your post. It’s helpful to have support from others. Hope things are well with you; I’ll be checking in on your site pretty soon.

  6. I am very glad you feel better. I have known a number of people who suffer from them so you have my sympathies!

  7. Holy moly, four days?! I don’t get migraines often and when I start seeing the sparkly lights, I know to rest or better yet, sleep it off. Migraines are also stress-induced for me, so they’re good indicators that I need to chillax.

    Glad you’re feeling better. I do know people who take medicine to make it go away and it seems to work for them.

    • Thanks so much, Nina! I appreciate your support. I know I have to suck it up and take some drugs. As long as it’s only when I desperately need it, I’ll take it. I can’t imagine having to take something everyday to prevent them.

      Chillaxing might help in my situation too 🙂 Thanks.

  8. Hope all goes well with the specialist.
    I didn’t start getting migraines until my late 40s (seems that is becoming common!)
    Thought I might have been having a stroke with the first one…it was horrible.
    I’m very luckly that a good strong coffee usually keeps away the worst of the symptoms. I have just had acupuncture/dry needling for other things and can tell you it is amazing for releasing tension and pressure if that is what triggers your migraines.
    Wishing you the best,
    Laura

    • I hear you on the pain! I’m actually going to be looking into acupuncture after I’m done with a couple more sessions from the neurologist. She’s still doing testing to figure out where the trigger might be. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, as it is extremely helpful to me. Glad to hear you have yours under control!

    • Thanks, Kerry. Bad sinus pain isn’t any fun either! I saw the specialist yesterday (I’ll post about it later today) and I’m putting a link to sinus headaches on the post. Sometimes they can be just as brutal if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Hope you have a better time controlling them than I do.

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