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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.

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi Splitting Head,

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. Getting an accurate diagnosis is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, as you can see!

    It sounds like you are trying to get a handle on your migraine triggers, but there are so many of them, it’s a good idea to keep a migraine journal to identify what they are. Certain foods, smells, fluctuating hormones, changes in the barometric pressure, sleep issues and getting dehydrated are just a few. Here is information on migraine triggers I’d like to share with you;

    Do you have migraine abortive medication that you can take at the first sign of a migraine attack? Let me give you information on migraine abortives;

    I hope this information is helpful, please keep us posted,


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