What is a migraine headache?
A headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
That is what a migraine is in a nutshell. But it can feel so much worse that just that simple explanation. I have suffered with migraines for a long time but off course they have gotten worse over the years. My migraines vary from tension migraines, where it feels like someone is squeezing the hell out of my brain and I can feel it get tighter and tighter. Then I sometimes get cluster migraines, where those are right in and around the eye. The other night I was sitting in the lounge and my husband looks at me and says, “Oh no I think you have pink eyes, as they are really red”, well I didn’t have pink eyes, it was my migraine that was right behind that eye and the pain was extremely intense.
Then after I had my second child I experienced vertigo migraines. I had no idea what they were at all or that there was even such a thing. I remember it was in the middle of the night and Chloe had woken up in her cot and was crying. So I got out of the bed only to sway to the left and fall on bay window seat. Seriously if someone had seen me, they would have thought I was drunk as anything. I couldn’t walk straight at all, but I managed to make it to my door. Then I walked down the hall pretty much leaning into as it was propping me up, instead of falling. In the back of my head I thought, shit something is gone wrong with my brain!!!! I made it back to my room and then straight to the dr’s the next day! Now and again, when I get migraines my vision is also blurred by thousands of stars flying around. So I pretty much get all the types……unlucky me!!
The worst part is when I have a migraine, and someone’s ask’s, “what’s wrong?” and I go on to say that I have a migraine. I always have this feeling of guilt like it’s not a valid illness and that they are probably thinking migraine…pffft you’ll be fine it’s just a headache. But it’s so much more than “just a headache”, it’s hard for people who don’t get migraines to actually understand what a migraine is and the pain you experience. I always say to my husband, “I wish that one day, you get a migraine, just once to fully understand what it is like”. But I think over the year’s he now knows how bad they get. It is completely debilitating. I can hardly open my eyes because of the light and the pain, all I want to do is sleep in a very dark room.
Unfortunately though as a mum, I never always get time to just lay down and sleep it off. I use Nurofen Plus as it’s the only thing that seems to help get rid of them, but because I still have to go on with everyday things like going to work, kids, cooking etc my migraines seem to last longer as I never take the time to really just rest and do nothing. There are so many things that can trigger a migraine, for me it can be lack of sleep over a few days, I can manage one or two days of broken sleep but after that, hell no!!!! Also, if I don’t eat at regular times and skip meals because I am too busy that’s when I get them too. Recently I have noticed that my migraines are also hormonal, because every time it’s you know, that dreaded time of the month, well hello…… here’s a migraine to go with that too! So over the next few months I will be skipping my inactive contraceptive pill (the white pill) and I will see if that makes a difference to them or not!
There is no cure for migraines, like so many other things in the world. So if you suffer from migraines, I would love to hear if you have any tips or is there anything that you do to manage them better. At this stage I will take all the suggestions and tips that I can get.
To all the migraine sufferers out there, I truly feel your pain as you do mine!