I get migraines on a fairly frequent basis but rarely blog about it because bright screens and migraines really do not go well together in my experience. It has, however, occurred to me that blogging might help those with similar problems and others to understand. Time for some dialogue (and with that in mind, please post comments).
Today (04/01/10) I had one of what I tend to think of as my second class migraines. It was there, thudding in a floaty kind of way, last night and I woke up to the “icepick in my head” feeling. By lunch my head was imploding, although clearly not literally.
Second class migraines, as I think of them, last between 12 & 24 hours and take two to three goes of fairly standard medication (ibuprofen and paracaetomol/codeine with one dose of sumatriptan) to disappear. I rarely take medicine before the nausea hits (I like to think I can sleep it off although this has never been achieved) but on a second class migraine I can often stomach food and cope ok with noise and light – although that’s from within the confines of my room. My cold eyepack is used to help me drift off to sleep, although it invariably warms to my feverish temperature within 20 minutes.
A first class migraine is debilitating, even more than I can express in these words. The nausea takes over and eating become impossible, and the need for more than one sumatriptan only makes that worse for me. Light and noise are too much for my other senses and every touch from an object (like a shower) or person is like a pinprick. I stick to my room with the curtains firmly shut and the lights out. The smaller medications knock me out for a few hours at a time but do little else. I drink water. Days pass.
The worst thing about the sleep provided by medicine during the day is that the night is spent, as I am spending it now, sitting wide awake with the remnants of my migraine echoing in my head (I am petrified of it’s return). Sleep will eventually come, and hopefully before the alarm clock sounds.
It’s now well over a month since I wrote this post and I think it’s time to post it. Today I had another second class migraine which provided an interesting case in new types of nausea – I woke to more pain in my sinuses than ever before (and I’ve had migraines for 10 years or so). It’s been ok though, by early afternoon I considered getting out of bed and I even made it to church this evening. I post this in the hope that someone finds it helpful or useful or something.