Does anybody else find that they have a few different 'types' of migraine which they suffer regularly?
For instance I've called mine Grade 1-3 for a few years now.
Grade 1 is s something that I can deal with fairly easy. It usually comprises of a lot of my prodrome symptoms, fatigue, and the onset of pain which is distracting but I can medicate with a coffee and tablets and make it through the day.
Grade 2 is a bit more severe. I can't stand working on the computer, I feel unsafe to drive, I have balance and speech issues i.e. I slur alot or get words confused for others. I have very intense pain and am extremely sensitive to light. I usually feel nausea with a grade 2 whereas I often don't with grade 1. I crave carbs with grade 2, particularly crisps or burgers (weird I know). I would normally want to leave work if I had this stage but I could make it through the day if I had no other choice.
Grade 3 - I get this kind of migraine about 2 or 3 times a year at most and it literally floors me. I have the full sh-bang; vomiting, nausea, extreme sensitivity to light, heavy limbs, slurred speech, balance problems, severe/chronic pain, Even triptan and a combination of other meds don't usually halt this kind of migraine I just have to ride it out for about 48-72 hours.
I'd say that about 60% of my migraines are Grade 1, 38% are Grade 2 and 2% are Grade 1. I can easily distinguish what kind of migraine I am having but when asked to explain it verbally I just can't get vocalize just how horrible it is.
I am at the point now where my boss doesn't believe me when I take a day off because she sees me having Grade 1 migraines and managing to get through the day. She can't understand that sometimes they are 100x worse.
Could somebody please tell me I'm not crazy?