Migraine Episodes Vary Even In One Person
I was so very pleased when, in late September, my wonderful supervisors at Migraine.com decided to focus on the concept that migraine does not manifest itself in the same way for everyone. The following picture was on the website’s homepage and linked to this fabulous article from my fellow blogger Kerrie Smyres (check out her writing on Migraine.com and on her own site, The Daily Headache).
Those of you who’ve read my blog over the years know that this is a subject I have focused on frequently. It’s hard to explain to non-migraineurs what it’s like to suffer through a migraine attack, but finding a fellow migraineur with whom to commiserate doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be fully understood either. This is because everyone’s migraine is different.
I would like to emphasize something that is very true for me (and I suspect it’s true for you as well): from one migraine episode to another, my migraine changes. There’s the pinching, bubble-headed migraine that usually seems to be triggered by neck pain. There’s the left-sided, airhead-y, vice-like head pain that is a hallmark of menstrual-related migraine. There’s the ghost-like sense of a migraine, the strange not-quite-right feeling that dips and recedes, threatening to set in as a full-fledged attack. Sometimes I am sick to my stomach within an hour of the head pain setting in; other times I can suffer from a week-long attack and never feel nauseated. Sometimes one glass of wine will trigger a migraine the following morning; other (very rare) times I can have a couple of whisky drinks and wake up the next day feeling like a million bucks.
The point is that migraine changes not only internally but from person to person. This is just one reason why keeping a migraine diary or tracking your attacks with the Migraine Meter can be so helpful: you can figure out what your patterns are and start uncovering what sort of attack surfaces when and how.
Do your migraine episodes vary from episode to episode? Have they changed over the years?
Have you taken our Migraine In America Survey yet?