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“In a word, my most frustrating migraine symptom is ______.”

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  • Shannon Houston
    8 years ago

    pain

  • Kerry Sue
    8 years ago

    hemiperisis (aura) and indescribably anxiety.

  • Sondra Hassman
    8 years ago

    Scary and very depressing I feel helpless and crazy.

  • Debra Maloney
    8 years ago

    Helpless to help the one you love..frustration.

  • Jamie Sohn
    8 years ago

    Aphasia

  • Sandra de Helen
    8 years ago

    Ever since a migraine was triggered by headlights, I’m now ducking and dodging lights when I drive or am a passenger. I’m going to ask my opthamologist if I can add Blue Blocker to my regular glasses.

  • crochetlover11
    8 years ago

    Confusion. I hate the disorientation that goes along with the migraine aura.

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  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago

    Aphasia

  • Nikki Albert
    8 years ago

    photophobia.

  • Meg Groke
    8 years ago

    sound sensitivity.

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    8 years ago

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  • Paula Hansen Nelson
    8 years ago

    vomiting

  • Janice Sugarman Starr-Hopkins
    8 years ago

    Kathleen, I agree…Aphasia is most frightening. So scared of that happening that I it is stopping me from leading as good a life as I could.

  • Janice Sugarman Starr-Hopkins
    8 years ago

    I don’t get alot of pain, but I get the visual and sensory aura, which scares me to death. First the visual, that passes in 15 minutes, then my arm and fingers, then my tongue and then I find it difficult to speak or read words for about 15 minutes. I am worried that others will think I am having a stroke and worried that I will get one as they have found a connection.l.

  • Kimberly Bell McClive-Reed
    8 years ago

    Brainfog.

  • Heather Macon Lawless
    8 years ago

    There is not “a” word that I can pinpoint that is the most frustrating! It is all frustrating. But I guess the pain factor is first. The miserable all over body pain is second. Followed in order by inability to interact with family, fuzzy thinking, nausea, shakes, numbness/tingling, vision, and days of yuck afterwards.

  • Jessica Andis
    8 years ago

    its hard to answer this with one word but these are some of the top frustrating symptoms : excruciating head pain, nausea and/or vomiting.

  • Janene Zielinski
    8 years ago

    lost time

  • jessica77
    8 years ago

    its hard to answer this with one word but these are some of the top frustrating symptoms : excruciating head pain, nausea and/or vomiting.

  • Elizabeth Quinn
    8 years ago

    other then the pain, it would have to be unable to withstand sounds or smells or light.

  • Paula Thomas
    8 years ago

    When my brain won’t connect to what I see, hear, etc. I guess you could sort of say lack of concentration, but that not exactly it.

  • Brian Balfe
    8 years ago

    Sounds like every woman I know…..

  • Janice Davies
    8 years ago

    feeling like I have an ice pick in my head.

  • April Aldighieri
    8 years ago

    I usually get a “change of season” headache. It can last for 21 days. I take Tylonel Sinus or Advid Sinus,..and it takes care of it. I leave the medicine next to my bed with a glass of water,..got to catch it early. If i let the headache brew,..it takes longer to go away. I hope yours doesnt last too long…..they are awful

  • Wendy Phipps Heimerman-Cartmell
    8 years ago

    …is like having my head in a vice!

  • Debra Maloney
    8 years ago

    on my son’s health..all of above.

  • Debbie
    8 years ago

    My 31 yr. son is suffering with a continual dibilitating migraine that is now 9 months long with no relief in sight. Local neurologist says she knows of no surgical proceedure that will help. His only med. assis. is thru PA state short term disability and GOD only knows how long that will help..Cleveland Clinic will not see him because of ins. even tho they tested him when he was young for same. Headache came his first winter after moving back to PA from living in southern (warmer climates) states for 10 yrs. We are feeling desperate and alone.

  • Kathleen Bair
    8 years ago

    Aphasia.

  • Theresa Beauchamp
    8 years ago

    Fatigue and fuzzy brain!

  • Terri Bogle Grooms
    8 years ago

    Light sensitivity

  • Melissa Ackels
    8 years ago

    i feel you. i have them too.

  • Debbie DiMarcantonio
    8 years ago

    Pain!

  • Patty Biggs
    8 years ago

    nausea 🙁

  • Susan Cleveland
    8 years ago

    Recurrence! I could handle the pain, the nausea, the aphasia, the loss of coordination, the restricted diet, and social stigmas that go with migraine disorder if it were just once. But when it keeps happening, that is the most frustrating of all!

  • Wendy Lear
    8 years ago

    dizzy spells

  • Anne-Marie Allen
    8 years ago

    throbbing

  • Susan Clausen Paquin
    8 years ago

    The fact that I become a recluse and I can’t be myself because I am irritable and super sensitive to lights, sounds, smells, and motion.

  • Sheli Thomas
    8 years ago

    all of the usual awful pains and unpleasantness, but most of all, the downtime, time lost with each migraine, days lost, isolation, I barely have a life, getting these 3 or 4 times a week and because I awake with them in process I seldom can abort them. No treatment for prevention works for me either, my body doesn’t tolerate them and/or I can’t take them do to siezures, glaucoma, etc..Yeah, Isolation, non-productivity….Migraines are a Thief.

  • Jill Oglesby Dehlin
    8 years ago

    phonophobia (sensitivity to sound). Some mornings, just eating cereal is too “loud.”

  • Jill Oglesby Dehlin
    8 years ago

    Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my brain the most –

  • Linell Thompson
    8 years ago

    iIhave two: the unrelenting pain and the inablity to be able to concentrate due to the pain. With other types of pain, often one is able to push beyond the pain and still be able to function. Not so with Migraine.

  • Penny Thompson
    8 years ago

    I’m not a migraine sufferer but my ears are generally sensitive and my allergies sometimes make them an echo chamber, so I think I can sort of relate. Like when my dad used to whack the spoon on the edge of the serving bowl to make the stuck food fall off. YOW!!!

  • Debra Ford Pearce
    8 years ago

    throbbing pain with light sensitivity!

  • Marc Rust
    8 years ago

    light or noise.

  • Jaime Michele Sanders
    8 years ago

    Tinnitus…the constant ringing, humming, and buzzing all day drives me insane!

  • Shannon Renee McCallister Peterson
    8 years ago

    I’m not sure which is worse… The random smells or the sensitivity to sound.

  • Lisa Devlin
    8 years ago

    Bone-crunching anxiety

  • Elizabeth Brown
    8 years ago

    Not being able to form words or thoughts. Numbness on the right side of my face and body and pieces of vision missing more scary than frustrating.

  • Simp Ly Gourdjus
    8 years ago

    SOUND

  • Janice Worden Lamb Clemens
    8 years ago

    pain

  • Wendy Andras Strother
    8 years ago

    Pounding head, sensitivity to light and sounds, aura.

  • Charlene Coker Ray
    8 years ago

    Eyes flashing

  • Charlene Coker Ray
    8 years ago

    Me too!

  • Lynn Coker Walker
    8 years ago

    Be glad when you get back to doctor here…

  • Charlene Coker Ray
    8 years ago

    6 or 7 times a month gets old!

  • Lynn Coker Walker
    8 years ago

    Yep been there done that but thank goodness Excedrin Migraine helps with the pain now…take it as soon as I see the shadow or the zig zag. So far so good at least for me

  • Charlene Coker Ray
    8 years ago

    I do lay down and wait for about 30 mins and the flashes and zig zags goes away. Then the dull pain and yuck!

  • Lynn Coker Walker
    8 years ago

    Go lay down and put a cold damp cloth over your eyes!

  • Linda Barham Nabors
    8 years ago

    Light sensitivity.

  • Maureen Baxter Douglas
    8 years ago

    unrelenting pain……seems to control so much of my life.

  • Louise M. Houle
    8 years ago

    excruciating head pain (nausea is a close second).

  • Diana Vickers Bunting
    8 years ago

    Aura….(visual spots, numbness & weakness on one side of body, temple stabbling pains).

  • Jill Edwards McDowell
    8 years ago

    bright lights!

  • Chris James
    8 years ago

    Phantom smells.

  • Jennifer Collins-Gonzalez
    8 years ago

    the aura with the stroke-like symtoms! No ability to function there! It is the worst!

  • Paula Rewis
    8 years ago

    smelling food cooking, light, noise, all these things.

  • John Gerber
    8 years ago

    AURA (THAT IS MY ONE WORD BUT I CAN STAND THE HEAD ACHE LIGHT AND SOUND SENSITIVITY AND UPSET STOMACH. THE ONE TH.
    AT BOTHERS ME MOST IS FLASHING LIGHTS AND ZIGZAGING LINES AND BEING HALF BLIND. YOU CAN SEE A WORD AND ONLY SEE HALF OF IT. WHEN I WAS 16 AND HAD MY FIRST AURA MIGRAINE I THAOGHT I WAS DIEING BECAUSE OF THE FLASHES OF LIGHTS.

  • Joseph Perez
    8 years ago

    Unrelenting pain

  • Jennifer Doray
    8 years ago

    light sensitivity!

  • LaLatina Barbie
    8 years ago

    Dull pain on one side of my forehead! ;0(

  • No Rust
    8 years ago

    Severe prolonged unbearable pain.

  • Tracey Wilson
    8 years ago

    Aura!

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