Migraines: The Worst Headache I’ve Ever Had

I just remembered that I’ve never gone into details about my battle with migraines. My woes were mentioned briefly here.

But I just had one last week (lasting about 10 days). While it’s fresh on my mind (no pun intended), I want to share with you some basics of migraine life.

Migraine vs Headache

When I first started having migraines, I was probably 8/9 years old. But I would just tell my mom “I have a headache”. That’s what is it right?

What’s the difference between a migraine and a headache?

A lot of people have a difficult time differentiating between the two. The simplest explanation is a migraine is a type of headache but it goes a lot deeper than that.Difference between Migraine and Headache

Types of Migraines

Migraine without Aura 

This is characterized by pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of the head, that is made worse by physical activity, and is accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Migraine with Aura 

Some people also have auras which are basically sensory changes (like seeing dots or zig zags or even not being able to speak clearly). Aura occurs right before or during the migraine. It’s like a warning sign that pain is on the way. 

Migraine Without Head Pain

This type gives all the “fun” symptoms (aura, nausea etc) but no head pain. Super creepy right?

Hemiplegic Migraine

People who experience this type develop weakness on one side of the body, often with visual aura symptoms and a “pins and needles” sensation, or loss of sensation, on one side of the body. It’s quite similar to the sensations of a stroke and doesn’t always include head pain.  

Retinal Migraine

When the pain causes you to temporarily lose vision in one eye, it is a retinal migraine. It’s most common in women during their childbearing years. The blindness can last anywhere from a minute to months, but thankfully is fully reversible (usually). 

Chronic Migraine

This is when you have more than 15 pain days in a month.

What are the first signs of a migraine?

Believe it or not there are quite warning signs that you’re about to have a migraine. Our bodies give us subtle signals saying pain is coming. It’s up to us to look out for them.

  • Aura
  • Light, noise of smell sensitivity
  • Excessive yawning
  • Trouble speaking
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Vertigo or double vision
  • Nausea or Vomiting
help for migraines

What should you do if you have a migraine?

I honestly don’t know LOL. Just kidding. I’ve been struggling with migraines for ⅓ of my life. It wasn’t until now that I started to become more conscious of them. 

The first thing I did was talk to my neurologist about it. Migraines are a neurological issue. Of course he prescribed medications but so far they haven’t really worked for me. It will weaken the pain but not dissolve it. 

Me personally, I have to be in the cold and darkness to feel relief. But everyone’s plan looks a little differently 

The KEY is to catch it early. Once I realized my warning signs I’ve been able to be more proactive about keeping them manageable. If I let it go full fledge before trying to remedy it, I am miserable for days. 

So of course I have another tracker for you guys. Use it to track your days, pain levels, symptoms felt and things going on leading up to the onset. Once you’ve collected your date, have a discussion with your doctor about it. 

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Morgan Greene is a Maryland chronic illness and holistic wellness lifestyle blogger. After years of struggling with her autoimmune disease diagnosis, Myasthenia Gravis, she decided to combine two of her favorite things…writing and informing others

IsWasWillBe.com was created to have unfiltered discussions about having a chronic illness. It has since become a place to inspire and create a sense of community among women with autoimmune diseases. Morgan loves trying new things and sharing with other spoonies how to live an ill life on their terms.

When she’s not blogging she is probably reading a book, drinking a Coke Slurpee or listening to music.

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