A Migraine Feels Like ….

By Kim Bailey
Updated 2024-03-28 17:38:32 | Published 2021-11-13 02:19:20
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A Migraine Feels Like

By the time you read this, chances are I will have already experienced a migraine episode, or possibly even more. The frequency of these episodes depends on various factors such as the current state of my life and how well I have taken care of my body.

If you are reading this, it is likely that either you or someone you know suffers from migraines. You probably understand that it is an incredibly difficult type of headache to describe. I remember the last time I tried explaining it to someone who had never experienced it before, but they just couldn't grasp the intensity.

My migraines have been a part of my life since I was a teenager, and since then, they have consistently occurred nearly every month. These episodes have the power to completely halt my day, derailing any plans I had made.

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For me, a migraine feels like my head is being crushed on both sides by a vise grip. I simultaneously feel intense heat and chills, similar to being on a rocky boat in rough waters. Even on solid ground, the sensation of the ground moving beneath me persists. Nausea and pain come and go in waves, with brief moments of relief followed by searing pain. I try to catch my breath during the calm periods, but they are fleeting. Moments later, the drilling and pressure return.

I attempt to lie still, hoping that by being completely silent, the migraine will leave me alone, like an unwelcome guest. I cannot hide from the reality of the pain I am experiencing for the next few hours.

When I close my eyes, all I see is pitch black. I do not experience the visual auras that some migraine sufferers do. Instead, my mind takes me to a deep, dark place filled with spinning circles, resembling a diagram.

No amount of humor or storytelling can distract me from the pain. Many have tried and failed. I reject my favorite comforters – a cuddle from a pet, a phone call from a friend, or a walk in the sun. I am in pain. I feel isolated and inadequate.

As someone who loves making lists, migraines significantly hinder my productivity. I never start a day without a comprehensive list of tasks to complete and people to contact. However, a migraine is not a mere headache. It is a force that can incapacitate even the strongest individuals. Consequently, my important work remains unfinished, along with the smaller tasks.

There are times when I wake up already plagued by a migraine. It fills me with sorrow and disappointment in myself. I feel as though I have let down others who may have needed me that day. I question why I haven't been able to overcome these episodes. In those moments, I empathize with people who live with debilitating conditions that prevent them from carrying out their daily plans. I think to myself that I couldn't endure living this way day after day, and it feels daunting.

As deep and dark as the pain of a migraine episode is for me, the relief of recovery is incomparable. The moment I emerge from it, I feel as if I am being baptized in warm water. I am lifted out of the pain and returned to my true self. Remaining joyful and making others smile is central to my identity. When the migraine dissipates, I can resume serving others and pursue what I believe I was meant to do. A migraine is like a thief, but when it finally disappears, my joy returns like a cherished item found in the lost-and-found. If you know someone living with migraines, I urge you to be gentle and understanding in these moments. And if you are a fellow migraine sufferer who understands this unintended bond, please remember that the sun will shine again. You are not defined by your pain.

For support, I encourage you to connect with a community of fellow migraineurs on Facebook. There, you can learn, share, and find solace in our Migraine Support Community.

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