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Hobbes
post Jul 1 2005, 04:20 PM
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I had one of my patented migraines yesterday morning. They suddenly come on, without reason nor warning. I just look up at some point, and I notice that a small area of my vision is blurred. Within about a quarter of an hour, 75% of my vision becomes a blurred mess. This subsides eventually, but leaves me with a blinding headache that feels like a bolt is running through my eye and out the back of my head. This, in turn, makes me feel sick. It usually takes me about two days to get over it, as I am very groggy afterwards.

Yesterday's, I managed to notice it quickly and, for the first time ever, quickly downed some pain killers and then sat in my car (I was at work, at the time) for an hour - trying to relax. The vision cleared quicker than ever, and the pain was less, but I slept for most of the rest of the day.

Does anyone else here get migraines? Apparently, the ones I suffer are called, "focal migraines". I don't get them often, thank god, but about two or three times a year.

The first one I had was when I was 18, and I was at school. And it was the most severe one I've had, as I found myself unable to talk or write properly (words getting jumbled up), and I was being quite irrational.

So... anyone have similar problems? And anyone have any advice on how they control them, if they get them?
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post Jul 1 2005, 04:31 PM
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I get total migraines. You know, the lovely ones with the sensitivity to sound and light, the body aches and upset stomaches, right alongside the blinding pain behind my eyes and temples and blurry vision. I take 10 mg of Maxxalt for them when I have them and the meds knock me out for about 12 or so hours after I take it. My neurologist and I haven't found anything else to stop the pain, so I just live with the way it screws up my sleep cycles and drives people around me nuts.

I used to get them every month with a week-long (or more) cycle starting every spring, but I've been getting them a lot less frequently now (every 2 to 3 months) with no continual cycles at all. I still don't know what the trigger is, or even if they have a trigger at all. dry.gif


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post Jul 1 2005, 05:52 PM
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I'm usually just a headache person, but a couple years ago I started getting intense pain behind my eyes - it felt like my eye hurt. Someone told me it might be a type of migraine. They usually subside after a little while, but it's hard to concentrate on anything but the pain when I have them. I count myself lucky. I usually don't get them often at all.


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post Jul 2 2005, 05:35 PM
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I often get migrains. It just feels like someone is poking my left eye at the beginning, but then sometimes it gets worse and I can't look at the light. I also see spots. I've been to the doctors about it but they don't have any cures so I just look down or go to sleep. Usually they're brought on by tiredness anyway.

Yours sound pretty horrible, Hobbes. Perhaps you should just try something simple like shutting your eyes and resting your heaf on something. Or you could always try the old-fashioned way and drill a hole in your head. wink.gif


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post Jul 2 2005, 09:40 PM
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I have spells where everything goes grey very quickly, then my head hurts and everything swims, and then I black out. This has nothing to do with migraines, but a problem with my nervous system whereby my blood pressure isn't regulated properly. Anyway I went to see a lot of doctors for it. Headaches like that can be a symptom of something else, so without being an alarmist, you might want to get checked out by a specialist. They might be able to help you find a way to deal with this better. Personally I dislike doctors and medication, but it never hurts to get advice from someone who knows what they're talking about. I've made small changes to what I eat and drink since going to see an electro-somethingologist and it's helped loads with not having funny spells. *hugs* Hope you feel better.


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post Jul 3 2005, 03:04 AM
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Mine are like Feylia's, but without the fuzzy vision. They generally start with either sinus pain or tension in the neck. I'll occasionally get body aches, but I always get light and sound sensitivity, and upset stomach. It usually ends a few hours later, after I vomit my guts out. Nothing seems to work; but, then, thus far, I've tried only over the counter stuff... I intend to see a doctor about it, soo, though...


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post Jul 4 2005, 03:33 AM
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I get migraines... and cluster headaches... and sinus headaches and these random sharp stabbing pains that basically paralyze me for the 5-10 seconds that they last and cause me to go blind in whatever side it's on. Migraines and cluster headaches are bad though.

The "good" ones, I pop about 4 Excedrin (250mg acetaminophen/paracetamol, 250mg aspirin, 65mg caffeine per tablet) and 4 Advil (200mg ibuprophen per tablet)... those aren't too bad. No noise, no light whatsoever (I have blackout curtains for this reason), and I really can't move at all. If I do, I'm quite likely to throw up.

The "bad" ones get the same to start with but if it's not gone in an hour, I get a dose of the good stuff (50mg of imitrex in tablets). If it's not gone in an hour after that, I'm generally hallucinating, pulling out hair, trying to tear my eyes out, trying to give myself a lobotomy with my finger, crying, screaming, and locked in my shower with it on for some reason. At some point, I become entirely exhausted and pass out, wake up a little while later, freezing cold and wet. It's usually gone by then.

What sucks, is I also get sinus headaches fairly frequently. The latter of the migraine/cluster headache types happens a few times a year... the first happens a few times a month. I'm almost immune to your normal doses of Tylenol, Advil, and Excedrin... I get other weird headaches when I crave Coca-Cola (this happens maybe once a year). I have to drink Coke to get rid of it... and I have to drink about a liter of it. While I'm drinking it, headache goes away. The second I stop, it comes back... and then I just down a ton of it and it's gone.

I really need to see a neurologist.


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post Jul 4 2005, 07:04 AM
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I have been having migraines since I was about 8. They are focal migraines which means no end of happyfun for me. I start by seeing spots or flashes in one area of my eye, closely followed by a strange sensation that I'm actually watching myself from a distance. I can't see too much and my depth perception goes screwy. I then get a screaming pain headache down the opposite side of my head to where the sigh has gone. I also begin to lose feeling in one side of my face and body which means I find it difficult to talk. I get nauseous and eventually throw up. All in all this lasts about two to three hours but they can return and start from the beginning again up to three days afterwards. I tend to have clusters of three or four over a week if I having a bad one. Mine are bought on by stress apparently and I have preventatives that I forget to take on a regualr basis. Tablets that you take when you have a migraine don't work on me they just psotpone the thing until it hammers me on the head again. Over the years I have been to see four doctors about this. They just nod and ask me to take pills. I have never had any sort of scan to find out what's going on. I went to a neurologist once. She told me to take pills again and then sent me on my merry way. It took a visit to the family planning clinic to be told that my migraines were focal, my doctor hadn't bothered to tell me and a nurse informed me that what the doctor had told me were repeated bouts of gastric flu were probably abdominal migraines which are essentially "I can't eat without throwing up for a whole fortnight". Nice!!!


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post Jul 4 2005, 05:04 PM
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Had a couple of very bad ones as a pre-teen and teenager. These days, I get pseudo-migraines: I get all the aura and flashy lights stuff, and it's definitely a one-sided headache, but I neck some ibuprofen as soon as I get the aura, and it controls it so that it's just a bad headache that I can normally put up with until the end of the working day. Hence why I call it a pseudo migraine.

The whole aura thing is really unsettling though. I feel light-headed, but also very clumsy. The flashing lights normally occupy one side of the focal point of my vision i.e. is mainly over whatever it is that I'm looking at. Which of course makes using a computer impossible. So it stops me doing any work for a good hour or so.


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post Jul 9 2005, 10:29 PM
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Well, if nothing else, reading all ^your^ fun migraine experiences makes me feel better: I don't get it as bad as most of you guys.

I guess it is a case of, "Be thankful... there's always someone worse off than you."

But *hugs* to all those here that suffer with such intense cranial pain - I know how you feel (to some extent, at least).
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