Surviving a Migraine Attack

If you are as unfortunate as I am to be part of the population that suffers from migraine headaches, this post is for you. First and foremost, I am sorry, I truly do understand how awful these types of headaches can be.

For tips on how to survive an attack and to learn more about migraine headaches, keep reading.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I highly recommend you talk to your doctor if you think you may be experiencing migraine headaches.

migraine headache facts from the world heath organization

My migraine attacks started in my early twenties. Now when I say migraine, I mean the type of headaches that have you out for at least a day, sometimes two or three. Not the kind that Tylenol can help ease, or the kind where you can go about your day. I can remember when my husband and I first started dating we would get into arguments about the amount of times I had to cancel weekend plans due to me having a migraine headache. Once he saw me having an attack, he realized that these aren’t just the type of headaches you can power through. Unless you have experienced one yourself, or have seen someone suffer from one, you really can’t understand the impact these types of headaches can have.

As for me, when I have an attack, I am vomiting, losing vision, can’t speak, can’t concentrate, and honestly, nothing else matters except getting rid of it. Some migraines are avoidable by staying away from triggers, and others are not. Unfortunately certain triggers are unavoidable, for example change in the weather (a huge trigger of mine), menstruation, etc. Not everyone who suffers from migraines has the same triggers, but here is a list of my most common ones.

My Migraine Triggers

One of the number one reasons I don’t drink alcohol is because 90% of the time I will end up with with a migraine headache. It’s just not not worth it. There are certain pizza places that I can’t order from because they use too much cheese, and I’ll end up suffering (If you know me, you know my love of pizza is strong). Storm coming? My head is sometimes more accurate than the weather network. This is why it is so important to learn your triggers.

Migraine Symptoms

So now that we have covered the triggers of migraine headaches and how horrible they are, let’s talk about what to look out for to indicate an attack is coming. One of my indicators is change in my vision, which happens when aura is associated with a migraine headache. According to Healthline.com, “In migraine with aura, the aura occurs after the prodrome stage. During an aura, you may have problems with your vision…which can include seeing shapes, light flashes, or bright spots and/or temporarily losing your vision” – Rachel Nall, MSN CRNA

That’s me! I know an attack is coming when things start to get really bright, almost like that TikTok filter that makes everything super colourful and bright. Sometimes I lose vision in my left eye (always the left eye for some reason). If I try to read something, everything on the left side becomes completely blurry. I remember the first time this ever happened to me I went to the hospital because I thought I was losing my vision. The doctor asked me if I had ever suffered from migraine attacks and I said yes, and he mentioned that this was a symptom and that one was coming. Sure enough, the next day I was out with a migraine. (I was then fired from my job at the gas station for not showing up to my shift after calling in the night before saying I thought I was going blind…Sigh.)

Other symptoms can include but are not limited to: A stiff neck, being sensitive to light/sound, fatigue, diarrhea, mood changes…

So now that we have covered what migraine headaches are, and how awful they can be… I want to share my tips of how I get through one. At the end of the day, the best thing to try and do is just sleep it off, but here are some ideas to try that might help you get through your next attack, and some super foods you should be eating if you suffer from migraine headaches.

I really do hope this helps some of you out who may be experiencing these awful headaches, and please remember to talk to your doctor! I did!

Take it easy!

References:

1. www.healthline.com, Angel, Traci

2. www.healthline.com, Nall, Rachel, MSN CRNA

3. www.migraineagain.com, Rearden, David

4. who.int


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