How many of you suffer from migraines?  Do you find their arrival predictable?  Do you have a recognised set of symptoms?

Personally I usually get mine at the beginning of or during my period (a common trigger apparently).  They begin with a mild headache that will not shake when normally a couple of paracetamol will quash it.  By the time I realise I’m getting a migraine there’s nothing I can do because I can’t keep anything down.

The headache takes on a pressure that makes my head and neck so heavy. My head throbs, my cheeks ache, my gums are painful, my eyes feel like they are bulging.  I then become supersensitive to light, movement and noise.  The pressure on my head makes me feel nauseous.  The only release is to vomit.    Thus starts a cycle of vomiting and agonising pain throbbing throughout my head,neck and face.  A dark quiet room is not dark enough or quiet enough.  I need a slight weight on my head and eyes so I put on an eye mask and I put on a hat or a compress.  I climb into bed in between trips to the bathroom to be sick and ride it out for about 8 hours.  Then I sleep.

The next day I am flimsy, that’s the best word I can come up with.  I feel very shaky and fragile.  I feel like I could use a head and neck brace… I feels I can barely support my own head without help.  I’m not sensitive to input but unable to keep up with it. I certainly am not safe to drive.  It’s like my eyes and ears see or hear something and there is a notable delay in processing.  That means I can cope with a small amount of input but if things happen too fast I can’t cope at all.

I know that the following morning the world will be ‘normal’ again.

Do any of you have regular, or predictable migraine symptoms? What are they? How do you deal with them?

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I'm Bernice but unless I'm in trouble, it's Berni. I laugh heartily; love wholely and live completely. I write what I think. Sometimes its fun, sometimes its political, sometimes its frustration, or angst. Always its real and heartfelt. I now live in Mid Wales having found a home with my family (John, my parner and Jason, our son) here in Llanwrtyd Wells where everyday eccentricity is celebrated. a place in the UK that attracts those from outside the mainstream and has created an identity based on its quirkiness. A perfect home for someone like me who tends not to follow the crowd, doesn't have a quiet laugh, and tends to speak first, think later! Life has reached a juncture where I have become aware that when you live your life through rose-tinted spectacles, every experience becomes one including joy, laughter, friends, meetings, experiences and great memories. Having always fancied being a columnist I figured why not share my rose-tinted ramblings with anyone out there who might want to listen- and if no-ones out there, why not write them anyway - bit like a public diary - but hey I have no dirty little secrets that I'm not prepared to share....!!!!

One thought on “Migraines….

  1. Yes! Mine usually start as soon as I wake up… It begins with a feeling of pressure around my sinuses and then gradually worsens to a full blown migraine at the end of the day! Usually they go away at around 7pm. Mine don’t correlate with my period at all, although I’ve heard that happens for a lot of women.


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