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Migraine [Feb. 3rd, 2007|10:46 am]
Zoethe
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I have the headache from hell. I don't get fullblown migraines often - in fact, I was thinking the other day that it's been at least three years - so I don't have a good handle on the warning signs. Looking back, I should have realized that the deathly tiredness I felt on Thursday evening when I accompanied friends to the visitation for another friend's mother* was a sign. We were back by about 11:15 that evening, but I felt like I'd been out until at least 2am. I got home yesterday evening and was about to dress for the symphony when the wall of black pain slammed into me. I was in bed by 6 and pretty much stayed there until 9 this morning. Right now I'm typing with my eyes closed.

I've reached that point of migraine where the headache pain itself is not that bad. If I lie very still in bed, after a while I can actually read. But any slight change in light makes me nauseated. Walking from the bedroom to the bathroom is a series of at least 5 sharp, nauseating, disorienting light changes - and if you knew our house, you would realize that this is a distance of about 20 steps. I cannot look at the computer monitor - I can glance up with one eye shut for a moment to make certain I am still typing in the right place, but that's it. Once I lie back down again, it will fade to a dull throb.

Which makes me grateful that these headaches only strike every few years, and massively sympathetic for those who suffer them regularly. I could not possibly go to work with this, but I have a coworker who gets them at least three times a month, and she has had to learn to cope, to work in spite of the pain. I feel for her.

Back to bed with me. If anyone on my flist post something they want to make sure I see (and don't be shy - I really want to know!) please link or mention it so that I can go back when I recover. I certainly won't be seeing it today.


*Okay, "deathly tiredness" may not be the best phrase to use in this situation, but nothing else comes close
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2007-02-03 04:07 pm (UTC)
I am so very sorry. Migraines are just plain awful. I get them about once a month or so, triggered by stress. Do you have any vicodin in the house? That's what I was given by my doctor for them.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2007-02-03 04:45 pm (UTC)
Vicodin is a blanket pain med. There are specific migraine meds, which one should always have in the mededine cabinet.
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2007-02-03 04:46 pm (UTC)
My doctor gave me this pain med since I have the migraines so infrequently. It helps take the edge off of them so I can function. Now, if I get them more than once a month, I'm to go back to the doctor for an actual migraine medicine. I mentioned it to Ms. G here because she has them so rarely.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2007-02-03 05:19 pm (UTC)
Your doctor gives you an opiate with a broad spectrum rather that the specific molecule tailored to what you have? What's this "rarely" line got to do with anything? What's this "take the edge off so that I can function" babble? Proper migraine med, taken in time, KILLS the migraine. Don't take this personally since my astonishment is directed 100% at your doctor, who seems stuck in the 1960s. That, or he's an excellent vet. Tchah. I'd see someone else.
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2007-02-03 06:22 pm (UTC)
I understand and agree with this point. I'll not take it personally. :D
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[User Picture]From: lacey
2007-02-03 04:09 pm (UTC)
Nothing earth-shattering going on with me... just hoping you get to feeling better soon!
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[User Picture]From: kellirose1313
2007-02-03 04:25 pm (UTC)
As a regular sufferer, you have my sympathies and lots of e-painkillers.
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[User Picture]From: kokanh
2007-02-03 04:31 pm (UTC)
I get mild headaches VERY frequently, but an earth-shattering migraine like you speak of once a month or so. I get to the point where all I can do is turn off all of the lights and lie in a fetal position for the next 10 hours. It's REALLY bad, and hereditary, actually, but my mom also gave me her genes for my math and reading skills, so you have to take the good with the bad.
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[User Picture]From: kokanh
2007-02-03 04:32 pm (UTC)
I forgot the entire point of the comment:

I sympathize with you, and hope you feel better. At least you can read, which is always a good thing.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2007-02-03 04:44 pm (UTC)
I get migraines. I now always have migraine medication with me, and I get a refill whenever I am about to go short. A doc will give you something - could be Migwell, could be one of the newer Triptans, like Zomig. Take it at once. Wait in the dark for a while. The migraine will go away after an hour or two, which is a whole sight better than having it zap off several days of your life, as happened to me once in Munich and once in London.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-03 06:13 pm (UTC)
It's hard to get too excited about getting a prescription when I get them so rarely that the meds would probably expire before I needed them again! I've promised myself that if I ever get as many as one a year I will definitely see a doctor.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2007-02-06 08:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, well, I suggest you spend four days in enough pain that you can't even lay your head on a pillow, & throwing up as long as you have something inside; that'll make you want proper migraine meds. Since they are all prescription, it will be up to the doc to decide which is appropriate considering your own condition. As for the definition of "chronic," who knows? Migraine can hit once a week for a month, and then vanish for a couple of years.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2007-02-08 12:14 pm (UTC)
It's probably worth considering that you're the kind of person who always wants to have the last word, so I'll leave it to you.
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From: ex_cwp
2007-02-03 05:13 pm (UTC)
I can't help from here, given my distance, but hope you feel better tomorrow.

Okay, I couldn't help if I lived next door, but still. I know how much it sucks.
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[User Picture]From: tigergladys
2007-02-03 05:29 pm (UTC)
I get migraines like that about once every 6 weeks - triggered by stress. (This past month, I had 6 in two weeks. Not fun.) I take Zomig for them, which is wonderful - I take it as soon as I get the warning signs, and the migraine dissipates within half an hour.
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[User Picture]From: sunfell
2007-02-03 07:33 pm (UTC)
My migraines are hormonal, and tied in with my cycles. I know their 'timing', so I can start taking precautions like avoiding 'trigger' foods (which do not bother me at any other time, but kill me during Migraine Week), taking my prophyalactic meds, and laying low.

Light really bothers me during these bouts, and it is almost impossible to read screens or go into brightly lit places.

My gyno says that these migraines might be part of my perimenopausal period, that they should go away after I go through menopause. God knows when that will be.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-03 08:17 pm (UTC)
Mine have no pattern and are extremely random, but at least distantly spaced.

I am moving back into the world of the living, however. Yay!
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From: ex_yakaveng
2007-02-07 03:12 pm (UTC)
I have much the same problem as you-- a migraine every month, usually right before my period starts. Over Christmas I saw several of my girlfriends, all also on various BC meds, and they all have the same problems. One went off the pill to get pregnant and said she stopped having the migraines.

For me, though, menopause will be a while. Until then (and until my husband and I either decide he gets a vasectomy or we have kids), I get one a month. Usually I soldier through it, but my boss is also female and very much understands. Thank goodness for her!
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2007-02-03 08:03 pm (UTC)
I've had debilitating migraines for the last 6 years. They started my freshman year of college and are induced by stress, being social, weight, and hormones. I tried regular doctors, homoepathic doctors, yoga, etc...but I still get them 1-2 a month. I don't take any meds, mainly due to not wanting to go through more testing/tweaking of meds and yeah, i learned to live with them. After a while you become a pro at working while your brain is pulsating and you see dots of light in front of you.

The one thing that helps when it's time to sleep (I normally can't sleep when i have a migraine because i feel the blood swooshing around) are these pads that have a cold-minty gel in them that you put on your forehead. They are pricey, but worth it.

Feel better!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-03 08:18 pm (UTC)
Am starting to (feel better).

You poor thing. I really feel for you.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-02-03 08:18 pm (UTC)
I have had headaches which my doctor says are migraines, but never to the level you describe. She says any headache that ends with nausea is migraine. You have my complete sympathy. Would sunglasses help reduce the effects of light?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-03 08:21 pm (UTC)
Migraine can be a lot of things. I have ocular migraine syndrome more regularly, which causes great patches of one's vision to flutter and ripple like looking at the world through the surface of a breeze-tossed pond. But most of the time I only have the vision thing. The headaches are rare for me, thank the Maker.

Sunglasses probably would help. I am coming off the other end of it now, though, I think.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-02-03 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your getting better. It sounds like quite an ordeal.
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[User Picture]From: 2342319516
2007-02-03 08:19 pm (UTC)

info from NPR about migraines

...at this link:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5381403
...and funny thing happened yesterday a.m., I got the aura about 7 a.m. and started to feel the pain so I just went back to bed, relaxed, slept on & off, got up at 10 a.m. and no more headache.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-03 08:22 pm (UTC)

Re: info from NPR about migraines

I get the aura sometimes without the headache. Much more frequently than I get the headaches.
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2007-02-03 08:46 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Feel better! *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-04 02:58 pm (UTC)
Still a teeny bit wobbly this morning, but mostly gone. And for a good long time, I sincerely hope!
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[User Picture]From: scarfman
2007-02-04 05:33 am (UTC)

When I was a teenager I got migraines. One of the symptoms of onset was a blind spot in the center of my vision. Over the last five weeks I've had the blind spot thing happen twice. I'm seeing an ophthalmologist Thursday.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-04 02:59 pm (UTC)
As I have said elsewhere, I usually get the ocular effects without the headache. Here's hoping it's the same for you.
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[User Picture]From: mommeeof9
2007-02-04 07:03 pm (UTC)
I get migraines once every few months. My 17 yr old had one last month that lasted for 10 days. The dr tried several different medicines. They all made her tired and the headache would come back when the meds wore off. The dr finally gave her a shot of imitrex? That stopped the headache. The insurance CO was being anal and said she can only have so many tablets of the current migraine medicine each month and if they run out before the next authorized refill date, we have to pay the $100+ out of pocket! My dr gave us several samples when she heard that.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-02-05 01:06 am (UTC)
I hope it was a limited event for her, poor thing! I'm still coming off the edge of this one. It was a bitch.
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