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Mood Changes

  • By admin

    Welcome to the Mood Changes Forum

  • By melissadwyer13

    jones8900, my mood changes so bad. I become so mean to people who love me and truly want to help. I believe our severe pain makes us a completely different person during an attack, at least it does for me absolutely.

  • By jdinrochester

    I totally agree. This happened yesterday to me but it happened before my migraine. I was swearing like a truck driver and just being a plain old biatch. My 20 year old was home and I just told her this, “I’m in a seriously bad mood, I think it has something to do with my migraines, I might slam some cabinets and swear and throw some things around but its not about you or Dad and I just want you to know that. I love you and that’s why I’m telling you. It will pass but in the meantime, I am severely out of my mind
    bitchy, okay?” She was good with that. If I can recognize it, that’s a good thing.

  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    My family can tell when a prodrome hits me. My husband tells me I’m acting like I”m ready to jump out of my skin, which is a pretty good assessment of how it feels. I don’t mean to be short or easy to anger, but if its a prodrome, I’m likely to say and do things I normally wouldn’t do… and I do them without even noticing what’s happening. Thank goodness I have a very understanding family. Living with Migraine as a 5th member of the family has changed us all in many, many ways…

  • By theresadz

    I’m glad to know that my mood swings are not because I’m just going crazy. I’m usually a super chiper person and always have a smile on my face but there are times that I turn into a very mean person at the drop of a hat!

    When I end up having my ‘cranky pants’ on my husband sits me down, stares me right in the eye and says “Go get something to eat right now and then go lay down”. Eating a quick carb + protein makes sure that it isn’t a blood sugar issue and it’s enough of a distraction that I’m able to realize that my mood is just my migraine prodrome. Thankfully I have my husband to help me recognize when I’m having a prodrome otherwise I would just shrug it off.

  • By nikkiwills

    Feeling defeated. I am on day 6 of a migraine and I can’t help but feel battered and bruised. My spirits are low and I just feel like crying. I am at work today because I just can’t deal with the stress or pressure of missing another day. I know I need to miss work and take care of myself but sometimes it’s easier said then done. The guile trips, the cold shoulder, the silent treatment, it’s more than I can bare.

  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    The mood changes associated with Migraine attacks can be hard on everyone – those around us, and US! Remember, it is up to you how you respond to the guilt trips and cold shoulders. Most of the time, it is a choice. I try to encourage members to remember that how you respond to these triggers says a lot about who you are as a person. Deciding how you will respond before you are in a position to need that response is also important. Do you know what also is helpful? Practice. Yes, practice. Practicing what to say and how to say it I found to be very helpful in maintaining composure and staying in the best mood that I can despite a challenging situation. Is that something you might be willing to try?

  • By darkenvy

    So I’m new here and this is my first post (I hope this forum has formatting). I wanted to post in the most appropriate thread for my ‘unique’ problem. Hopefully im not alone on this:

    It seems that my level of consciousness (in respects to lucidity not fainting/sleeping) is directly related to my migraines. I have performance anxiety with public speaking. I also take beta blockers for the migraines and they do not help with my performance anxiety. However if I have a migraine (pain: 5/10) and must drag myself through a presentation my anxiety is almost completely gone. The worst my migraine gets the worst my memory gets, the more I cant remember what day it is or a sense of time. Everything is fuzzy and time drags on; If I’m able to abort the migraine it seems like a whole new day but that everything is a bit off. And oh, if my migraine is about 8/10 it seems My emotions completely shut down and I truly care about nothing.

    Days that I don’t have a migraine I feel incredibly lucid. Probably due to the fact that most days I have a migraine so the contrast of headache-to-relief is tremendous. The amount of headspace is amazing and I can finally think clearly. If you have ever had a lucid dream, it feels like that at times.

    I feel like im going a bit crazy here so I hope someone else can relate. Also the only medication I am on are beta blockers and the occasional aborting agent.

  • By Teri Robert


    Have you discussed this with your doctor? There are a couple of things that could be at play here. First, during a Migraine, levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, afe affected, so that can account for some of what you’re feeling. Second, you might want to ask your doctor if the beta blocker you’re taking could be causing any of what you’re feeling. Beta blockers are sometimes used to help public speakers and even in the treatment of PTSD because they block stress hormones. Disorientation is a possible side effect of beta blockers.

    Hope some of this makes sense. The bottom line is that discussing all of this with your doctor makes sense.


  • By darkenvy

    I made an appointment with my doctor and I’ll bring it up. I’ve been meaning to speak with my doctor with trying something else as lethargy sometimes hits me withe the beta blockers. (some days I just don’t have my usual pep)

  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Sometimes, the tough part is deciding which is worse.. The Migraine or it’s treatment. Thankfully there are many to try. It’s sure worth a conversation with our doctors when the side effects cause a major problem in our lives.

  • By vicki

    Hi I am new here and never have joined a forum.
    I read some others posting about mood changes…I can certainly
    relate to that!
    I can sometimes tell that there is a migraine coming by my mood
    changes. I take no meds (tried tramadol) that I take regularly so after the awful mood comes the pain.
    Can anyone relate to this?
    I am currently looking for a doctor in my area to help me out.
    I live in the Chicago area…any suggestions?

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi VLK9,

    Welcome to the discussion forum! My apologies no one has answered you yet. I’m sorry to say it’s been one of those weeks!

    Yes, mood changes can be a problem for many of us with migraine. This can be one symptom of prodrome, the first phase of a migraine attack. Sometimes if we know what our prodrome symptoms are, we can try and abort the attack with a triptan or ergotamine. Here is some information on prodrome and mood all three have good symptom information;

    I wonder how are you getting migraines? You mentioned that you don’t take medications on a daily basis, but the thing is if we get more than three migraine attacks a month it is suggested that we talk to our doctor about migraine prevention medications. Take a peek at this article for information on migraine prevention;

    As far as doctors go, a migraine specialist might be the way to go. To find out what is different about migraine specialists read this information; and this will help you find a migraine specialist.
    Let me know what you think, OK?