Have you ever had a migraine headache?
Had them pretty regularly in middle school. Still get them occasionally. They suck 🙁
For a while when I was on birth control (OTC Lo), every month around ovulation I would suddenly feel super strange. I’d see things, my limbs would go numb, and one time I got super confused and couldn’t remember anything. I also couldn’t speak. These symptoms lasted about an hour, and then I would just be tired with the slightest pressure in my head. Turns out these were migraines. Scary because they mimic strokes. Turns out they’re also an indicator that you’re prone to stroke on estrogen, so no more BC for me!
My first migraine was when I was about 11 or 12 - I only remember going to a girl scout event, and my head hurt so much...and I was throwing up. It was just horrible, but it's in my DNA.
My mom and her 4 sisters get migraines....my dad doesn't but at least 2 if 3 of his sisters have migraines. Genetics is not in my favor!
FDA Approves New Drug for Migraine Pain
The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new drug by Eli Lilly and Co called Reyvow. This new drug is said to significantly reduce migraine pain and other symptoms within two hours. According to Eli Lily, “it is the fist and only FDA-approved medicine in a new class of acute treatment for migraine (serotonin (5-HT)1F receptor agonists).”
Yep. Took Topamax for quite a while - definitely decreased migraine frequency significantly.
Stated seeing a chiropractor for chronic neck pain...after a few months, I was able to stop to Topamax. Still need imitrex about once every month or so, but I am very happt with the result!
All the time. Migraines are terrible.
Anywhere from about three per year to three per month since childhood.
So statistically libertarians have more migraines than everyone else? Hmmm 🤔
I'm shocked by these results. I've never had one, no one in my family has (including relatives), and I've only known one person who had anything close to one (his was caused by sudden loss of BP due to myocardiogenic syncope). Either there's something about SOH that really draws the migrane crowd, or it has somehow gone really easy on my neck of the woods.
Yes. I had some in my early thirties. The pain was intense and unbearable. I haven’t had that kind in years, but I’ve had ocular migraines. The first one, I thought I was having a stroke, and went to my doctor because I was nearby. He sent me to my eye doctor, who printed info for me about ocular migration.
Has it happened since? I got these while on birth control.
I haven’t had one in a few years. One thing I have to be careful about is bright or flashing light that can set it off. When I had severe migraines, I was under tremendous physical and emotional stress. The first one, I was already in the hospital, and it hurt so bad, I felt like jumping out of the the window.
Just two weeks ago I got a severe migraine, one of my worst yet. I was at marching band practice and my vision got extremely blurry and I almost passed out. I sat out for half an hour until I threw up. Ended up going home, then to the emergency room to get an IV drip for all of the nutrients I lost when they came back out my mouth. My vision was still blurry, my eyes throbbing ad if they were gonna pop out of the socket, and of course, my head hurt a lot. I ended up throwing up at least a half a dozen times that day.
I get them after a seizure, when I had my period, under stress. Yes
Yes! And just had a brain scan because since I retired in June, I’ve been having several a week! I guess happiness causes migraines??
Yes I do. If it wasn’t for Maxalt, they would would be much worse. I’m grateful for medication.
Yes, they suck
I have chronic migraines. They're a huge problem in my life.
Yeah, with aura, hemiplegic, and cluster and migrainous stroke, they are the bane of my existence.
Chronic migraines are no joke
Yes, chronic and almost daily.
Below is an interesting article from the American Migraine Foundation. There are quite a few different types of migraine headaches. I didn’t know that until my daughter was a teenager and began to have cluster headaches. She had them for years and then stopped having them. I have had ice pick headaches for 15 years now. Both are types of migraines. I am thankful for the ice pick headaches instead of a worse type of migraine. Once I knew that I didn’t have a brain tumor or something equally horrendous, it hasn’t been bad because ice pick headaches come and go so quickly. The pain is intense though. Thought some of you might enjoy reading this.
Thanks for the link! That helped a lot! Hubby has been dx with migraines, but I’ve always suspected that he has cluster headaches instead. It looks like, from these descriptions, that he suffers from both cluster and ice pick headaches!
I don’t gets headaches at all.
You better be thankful.
Either I’ve never had a migraine headache, or I just don’t remember. I think more the fore, than the latter...
If you had a migraine you would most likely remember it. It's not easily forgotten.
I’m sure you’re right about that, Ms. cq1. I understand migraines can be debilitating, and I’m sorry for all those who must deal with something as dreadful as this.
Yes it nice, it was total agony! 🥴
Many people think that any bad headache is a migraine, which isn't really true. In reality, only about 10-15% of the population actually has migraines
Yes, mine are chronic and I get cluster headaches as well.
Several - I was officially diagnosed in my late 20s, but I had actually been having them for all of my 20s, at least, but didn’t realize what they were, partially because I have atypical presentation & partially because one of my triggers is the weather & those typically coincided with allergies/sinus issues, so I was thinking that was causing the pain.
Anyone here get tired of how the word “migraine” gets thrown around? There are headaches and there are migraines. There is a serious distinction between the two. I often hear of people saying they have a “migraine” whilst carrying on with their daily business, and I’m left rolling my eyes. Am I wrong? Just curious.
No. Not wrong. I believe a lot of people that say migraine mean headache.
Agreed! I think far too many people think a migraine is simply a really bad headache.
Migraine is actually a neurological disease with attacks that often, but not always include intense head pain that is usually not manageable with OTC medications. If your doctor has not sent you to a neurologist, it is probably not a migraine.
I get relatively bad headaches every couple months or so that start with my vision going all fuzzy, make me sensitive to light and sound, and are accompanied by nausea — all the symptoms I typically see associated with migraines. But as long as I take a few ibuprofen, they don’t leave me bed ridden and I can carry on with my day for the most part (though it’s still quite a bit harder). Are these not migraines just because they’re too mild? Because they still have all the characteristics of migraines.
Talren, they could be. They could not be. I will tell you from my own experience that if they are migraines & you take OTC pain reliever for them that you will end up with a less severe headache a day or two after & that is called a rebound headache. I would definitely recommend mentioning it to a doctor, before they become more severe regardless of the kind of headache they are.
Chronic severe intractable migraine, have had multiple status migraines as well. (Those lasting more than 72 hours and that are typically accompanied by extreme nausea, vomiting, no appetite, pain, chills, hot flashes, inability to sleep, numbness, blurred vision, muscle pain, sensitivity to scent/sound/light, and much more)
It’s a daily thing for me. I have tried numerous medications, Botox, SPG nerve blocks, and carry a triptan auto-injection needle and other medications with me at all times. No aura, but daily pain and other symptoms. Sometimes I will get more aggressive attacks that can lead to status migraines that last for days if I don’t get it on time. Typically are taken care of in the ER or with steroids if I know what it is.
It has been horribly debilitating and I hope it will end some day. My mother had the same issue and it eventually stopped in her mid-30’s.
To anyone else suffering from these, I honestly wish you the best! I wouldn’t wish this on anyone else, ever :(
Not since Sarah Huckabee Sanders left.
I have one or two a year.
I’ve had a few. The first one was disturbing enough that if I hadn’t taken a course on headaches, I would have gone to the emergency room. My husband has one every day. He’s tried every treatment available and so far none of them have helped.
I’m surprised that so many people said yes.
I’m surprised so many people said no lol
People generally have a very poor understanding of migraines. It’s a term often thrown around incorrectly.
Ahh. Thanks DrC. That makes sense.
The hereditary neurological disorder, yes
OMG. Hell! Once hid in the narcotic room at work, scared out of my mind because I lost my vision for a while. Really bad for years. Nausea. In bed. Couldn’t tolerate noise, light, etc. sounds awful but they strangely went away when my mother passed and I didn’t have to worry about her safety and I separated myself from family.
For years beginning at age 21. Unbearable!
Hospitalized a few times for intractable pain. The aura, nausea, etc. What a true miracle in the early 90s and Imitrex.
Yes. I forgot about my auras.
Use to have a lot of headaches and most were migraines. I now get Botox injections and they have gotten much better.
On rare occasions. But thankfully some Motrin makes it go away.
I feel horrible for those that have them regularly and when aspirin doesn’t work.
I’ve probably had fewer than 10 headaches in my life. All the headaches were cured with two aspirin.
You’re blessed in that regard. 🙂
I get the visual aura and sometimes a bit of nausea but not the headache or other miserable parts. My daughter has been having full-blown migraines for some years.
Had a few, but not recently. They had the weird visual disturbances. I believe the migraines were caused by food additives. Since I switched to a healthier diet I have not experienced those headaches.
I don’t think so. I guess that means no.
You’d know if you had a migraine. They’re debilitating
I agree in theory, but my migraines were undiagnosed for at least a decade, because I chalked them up to a really severe headache & when my mom forced me to go to the doctor, he looked at me & my atypical presentation & immediately confirmed a family history of migraines & then said, “This is a migraine.”
Not sure what you mean by “atypical presentation”. I was self diagnosed myself. Didn’t need a dr to tell me what I had. Bed bound typically for 3 days, auras, severe visual changes, dry heaves, pain in head on minimal movement, sensitive to light or any noise. Horrible. If you’ve never had them, thank who you believe in.
Good reply kneez, yours too BamaGirl.
I don’t always have auras with mine. In fact it’s rare. What I meant by atypical presentation is that the entire right side of my face swells. I am extremely sensitive to light & sound, but before knowing about migraines, I thought that was just how everybody felt when they had a headache. I am sometimes nauseous, but I never vomit from a migraine... it’s actually pretty rare for me to vomit for any reason. (I can count the number of times in my almost 46 years on one hand.) that is why I said I have atypical presentation. That said, I have been diagnosed by a doctor… Actually two… With migraines & one did an MRI to confirm it.
Bamagirl. Never heard of an MRI to dx a migraine. How would that work?
The MRI with contrast was really more to confirm the dx of migraine, because many of the migraine medicines that we had tried were not effective on my migraines, so they were actually ruling out other causes.
Gotcha. Like r/o stroke
Ruled out that or a tumor (which was his concern)
Migraine status migrainosus, non intractable.
Seems like gibberish, but feels like (is) hell.
Regular sufferer, but less frequent and severe as when I was younger
Yes. I had a few in my 30's. Bad times.
Only 2 or 3 times. I’d know it was coming because I’d wake up and have a hard time getting my eyes to focus.
Me too! I always get one after my vision goes blurry. With me, everything in my peripherals start to flicker.
My neurologist said that is caused by your eyes actually seeing the blood coursing through the veins in your eyes.
Whoah, that's almost too disgusting to be interesting.