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First Migraine Experience

I am a 16 year old girl and 2 months ago I experienced a terrible migraine with an aura. This is what happened:

The end of the semester was approaching and I was overwhelmed with physics labs, tests, and philosophy papers. This one day in particular was extremely stressful for me and I had not gotten a lot of sleep the previous night. The morning passed and I had gotten through most of my stressful events.

When I got into math class though I started getting a painful headache. I initially brushed it off and hoped it would go away. Then it was time for us to take notes. My teacher uses a smart board to teach and I think the bright light may have made it worse. Then things started getting weird. I began seeing these bright yellow lights in the right side of my vision (this made it very difficult to take the note) and my my right hand and foot became numb. A few minuted passed and I went to wish my friend good luck on her upcoming test and I just couldn’t speak properly. I remember panicking at this point. I had no clue what was going on and I couldn’t even communicate with anyone without sounding like a complete fool. I decided to keep my mouth shut till class finished and I prayed that the teacher wouldn’t call on me during the lesson. I was so utterly confused and scared at this point. Finally when class ended (I didn’t learn anything that day and my notes were slanted across the page and barely readable) I went to my locker.

It was lunch time and so I texted my dad to pick me up. Looking back on the texts they made absolutely no sense. Anyway, I ended up phoning my dad and thankfully he was able to pick me up.

I waited in the office (which was brightly lit for that matter and didn’t help the situation) and waited. There was a few people in the office and I remember that the were being very loud. At one instance a teacher came in and told me that I looked really pale and ill. As I waited I became nauseous. I was so relieved when my dad arrived.

When I got in the car I was still in a somewhat confused state. My dad almost instantly recognized the problem. I was having a migraine. He apparently got them often when he was younger. He made me put on his sunglasses for the ride home.

When I got home I took medication and tried to go to sleep. I ended up puking a few times before I finally was asleep. When I woke up I felt so much better. I felt like I was in some sort of a euphoric state. In total, I slept for about 3 hours and I would say that the migraine lasted for about 3 hours also.

This was not a great experience for me but I’m glad that I had the support of family at that time. If anyone has any comments, similar stories, or suggestions that they could share on how to deal with migraines I would really appreciate it. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  • Megan author
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much! This is great advice!

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. I’m really sorry to hear that Migraines have hit you and I hope that it’s something you don’t experience again. However if you do, we’ve got lots of resources for you.

    You may want to consider going to a neurologist (instead of your normal doc) to have a prescription med on hand if this happens again. There’s a class of drugs called Triptans that may help you if you take it at the first sign of an attack. Drugs in this category are named Imitrex, Maxalt, Frova. This link will explain these drugs more, plus give you some other treatments to think about:

    One thing I noticed is that you mentioned getting this Migraine after a period of stress in your life. This is very common. Knowing and understanding your triggers is a way to prevent Migraines from appearing. Stress is probably a trigger for you, but food, dehydration and weather changes can contribute as well. Here’s info on what are common triggers and how to keep a Migraine Diary in order to better prevent another one:

    I hope some of these links help. Feel free to ask questions, we’re here to help! Also you can visit our Forums section and connect with others and ask the community questions too.
    Best wishes!
    -Katie Moderator

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