MIGRAINES! - Not just another "headache"
I normally write about #raspberrytalk's health and how I am dealing with what he is going through, but today I am actually going to talk about one of the health problems I have and have had for a long time. Migraines!
As you all will know there is a lot more going on than just an ordinary headache! For years I didn't realize that what I thought was a head cold/headache was actually a migraine. In some ways I'm one of the lucky ones because I get the warning signs before I get "the migraine from hell" as I call it.
The last one I had was a few weeks back and I carried on as normal for as long as possible, but by day four I ended up in bed in agony because I hadn't listened to my body!
I often get the full blown migraine which, if you read the above link, you'll know is a lot worse than just a "normal headache". It's very debilitating.
When I get mine full blown, I can't move or do anything else, lights and noise are a nightmare for me. My head feels like it's got a build up of pressure but it also feels like someone is tightening screws or perhaps is trying to cleave my head in two with an axe! Sometimes I feel like drilling a hole in my head to let the pressure out, lol. And some occasions even just breathing when lying in bed can be a painful nightmare as well.
My triggers are mainly stress or too much sugar. I do try to avoid sugar for other health reasons and I am on several different pills for stress and anxiety. Since I was put onto Pregabalin I've not been getting migraines as often, but I do still get them. This time last year I was getting migraines at least once or twice a week. But when I was having them that often they were not as severe .... you can't win really. Oh well.
Have you taken our Migraine In America Survey yet?