What does a migraine feel like?

What does a (my) migraine feel like?

Take an ice pick and stick it in your eye…

…wait, I’m not finished…

Develop nausea so severe that the slightest movement of your head makes you want to barf up your lunch…

…wait, I’m not finished…

Multiply sound levels 20 times so that the low level conversations of your friends vibrate the walls..

…wait, I’m not finished…

While staring at a bright light poke needles in your eyes (next to the ice pick)…

…wait, I’m not finished…

Become mentally confused so that you can’t concentrate on a task or make simple decisions…

…wait, I’m not finished…

Become physicaly exhausted so that you can barely draw the shades, crawl into a bed, and pray that you pass out…

I’m finished, for now…

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  • Chris Wise
    7 years ago

    Yup sounds pretty much thereabouts, though I always found the nausea wave could hit without warning.

  • Chris Wise
    7 years ago

    well I guess I’m lucky in that I find naritriptan works very well for me

  • Lana George
    7 years ago

    Having just woken up after having one so bad today that I almost lost the will to live, I couldn’t agree more. What makes it worse is that every medication I’ve ever tried either doesn’t work or makes me feel even more ill (if that’s possible) before it starts to get better. Even now I feel like I’ve done ten rounds in a boxing ring 🙁

  • Aaron Day
    7 years ago

    yes…nothing like a couple of lasers boring holes through your eyes into your head…oh wait that is just the 40 watt light someone left on…son of a….

  • Gerry Buchanan Horne
    7 years ago

    Also add wanting to pull the pulsating swollen vein out of your temple!

  • Jennifer Doldo
    7 years ago

    or its an stedgehammer to the back or top or side of the head.

  • Carol Seay Witzell
    7 years ago

    You forgot pulling out your bag of tricks of home remedies such as: taking a hot shower or bath to relax neck muscles, doping up on phenergen suppositories for nausea, staring at your very last Imitrex, wondering if you should take it now, or save it for a potentially worse headache down the road, relinqushing the thought that you might feel better soon…you know you have many more horrible hours to go before you feel even remotely better…I could go on…

  • Kathy Jo Horton Bishop
    7 years ago

    love it hoping those who don’t get them will finally understand what we go through…close description……

  • Suzanne Johnson
    7 years ago

    Don’t forget cramping the icepack into your forehead or over your eye so you actually freeze the vitreous fluid in your eye ( P.S. not suggested over the eye, frozen eye fluid freaks you out!) I’ve also prayed for someone to shoot me in the head so I’d have a reason for the pain or have no pain at all. Thank God it has never happened! 🙂

  • Janice Worden Lamb Clemens
    7 years ago

    that definitely describes a migraine , including the banging your head against a wall like jessica said….but oly those who have ever had one know what it’s like…if you have never experienced one, you just don’t get it….that’s what I tell people who dpn’t understand…2 of my daughter’s are included in he don’t understand club because luckily they have never experienced it…only my youngest daughter is a migraine sufferer,,,,, so she does understand.

  • Shawn OSteen
    7 years ago

    That pretty much sums up nearly every day of my life. It’s a rarity when I don’t have a migraine for a day or two.

  • Jennifer Doldo
    7 years ago

    me too

  • Margo Rudi
    7 years ago

    When I get really bad Migraines, sometimes my ears will hurt or itch really bad.

  • Christine R Sterba
    7 years ago

    Yeah, now you non-migraineaurs can appreciate only having a bad headache.

  • Julie A. Fiedler
    7 years ago

    Yup, that about sums it up! Unfortunately…

  • Robert Irish
    7 years ago

    I go numb in places and loose vision in one or both eyes. Sucks for sure.

  • Chad Wollenzien
    7 years ago

    I don’t get migraines, but I do get very severe headaches. Usually cuz my spine is so bad. But when I get sick & a fever like today, ugh, God help me! Its like having THE WORST hangover of your life! The pain, the throbbing, dizziness, nausea….kinda like getting run over by a freight train.

  • Joseph Perez
    7 years ago

    I’m fortunate I don’t have the nausea until the pain level hits 10, however instead I have alot of neck pain to go with my 24/7 migraines (for the last 6 years). I get both the ice pick and dual temple throbbings. Finally after two years of this I had to retire early. Yea, lots of fun!

  • Barbara Johansen
    7 years ago

    Nicely done!

  • Barbara Johansen
    7 years ago

    great description, I could add a couple things but right on target

  • Sue Gay
    7 years ago

    …wait I’m not finished…how about have your hands and sometimes your entire body tremor uncontrollably…

  • Amber Ulrick
    7 years ago

    sounds about right, oh wait, lay there in btwn throwing up as I tend to do and think what body part could I live with out to NEVER have these again….. I have decised it would be my pinky finger…..

  • Amber Ulrick
    7 years ago

    Im good today. its a bit rainy here so it effects them

  • Marina Brown
    7 years ago

    Sorry 🙁 , I so remember these headaches and the misery. Get well soon, there are some flip flops calling your name 😉

  • Lisa Robinson Herring
    7 years ago

    I think you hit that dead on…that is my migraines for sure!

  • Jane Marie
    7 years ago

    …and that’s just the headache part of the migraine. For many of us, there are all sorts of scary aura symptoms as well. Like I’ve told many people in the past, migraine doesn’t just mean a really bad headache.

  • Lynette Austin
    7 years ago

    Try and talk to someone and they can’t hear you because your talking so low. Just trying to get through a conversation so someone can hear you and leave you alone!

  • Linda Castellano
    7 years ago

    You said it perfect, but for me I would have to add my worst part of a full blown attack—A Sledge Hammer pounding my temple and the whole side of my head-and then it travels around to the other side! One side is not enough!—to be sure not to leave the other side all alone-sounds stupid but that’s how it works for me and travelling time could take about 12 hours-so much fun:(

  • Aaron Day
    7 years ago

    What’s good for one side is good for the other right?

  • Vondalee Smith
    7 years ago

    Both sides and top of head (rarely the back) THROBBING with every heart beat. Nausea soooo bad that I don’t want to blink an eyelash. Lights are so bright that I’m blinded and have to wear DARK sunglasses. Every noise around me is way too loud and my sense of smell is on overdrive! When I get THIS BAD, only injections of Nubain, Norflex, Benadryl, and a Zofran pill help me. I’m lucky that I have such understanding doctors at the Urgent Care part of the Emergency Room.

  • Jessica Smith
    7 years ago

    You forgot to repeated bang head against brick wall between the other steps.

  • Diane Woodson
    7 years ago

    I have had almost all of them and the sound thing is just horrible, you think you are ill with a dread disease coming on! I

  • Terri Koellein Khajehnoori
    7 years ago

    Diane, I think I know you (from Goodlettsville, TN). 🙂

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