Sunday, March 10, 2013

Slammed By A Migraine

As I was driving home yesterday from a mini-vacation at daughter Lindsay's home, it sailed up from behind, zipped around me, and smacked me right between and behind the eyes.

Migraines are miserable.

I usually suffer through about one migraine headache a year, so I am way more fortunate than many other migraine sufferers.

For me, there seems to be no explanation as to why they come.

I cannot identify any patterns.

I have not necessarily eaten any of the "trigger foods" prior to its onset.

I did not allow myself to become dehydrated.

I do not see any moving things in my eyes warning an onset.

I was not stressed or worrying about anything in particular.

It was a sunny day, the first in a long time, and I was expecting it to be a pleasant drive home.

It was not to be so.  No, not at all.

In pain, I made it part of the way home, but ultimately I pulled into a shady spot off of the highway. Down in a boat launching area by the Susquehanna River, I tried to close my eyes and rest, allowing it to pass.

It did not help.  I had to grit my teeth and just suffer through the last 45 minutes of the drive.  I finally arrived home safely.

The only thing that works for me when I am in that state, is to take two of my migraine prescription pills and go to bed in a dark and quiet room.

I must be laying on a very fluffy pillow, not a pillow that is firm or foam.

The blinds must be down, all the way down.

The door must be completely shut.

The ceiling fan must be turned off.

I must mentally command each of my head, face, neck, and body muscles to completely relax.  I must stay like that, in spite of the pain, until I sense it receding and allowing me to sleep.

I will be doped up for hours from the medication, but that is so much preferable than the pain of the migraine.

My migraine headache will essentially wipe out the best part of an entire day and the night following it.

The next day after a migraine I will have residual bellyaches from the medication.

And then I will say a prayer that I will never have a migraine again.  Ever.


  1. I feel so bad for you because I know the pain. I used to suffer from multiple migraines every month. I look back now and wonder how I ever survived them. I only have an occasional one now and I am never without my medication just in case. Hope you are feeling so much better soon.

  2. I'm so sorry! I take meds every day to avoid them. I've only ever had 4 (they started with menopause @ 39!) and put me in bed for 3-4 days, no sound, no light, no smells, no food, no nothing. Who has time for such suffering. Thank God for medications! Feel better!

  3. So sorry to hear this. Prayers going up for a speedy recovery.

  4. Bless you, I've never had a migraine.

  5. I have never had one but know people who suffer from them and I sure do not envy you. Hope they are few and far between.

  6. So sorry to hear this. Being in bright sunlight is one of my triggers. Could that have contributed? I used to take pain pills for migraine and they knocked me out. Talk to your Dr. about Relpax. It is the only pill that works for me that doesn't make me loopy. It is in the triptan family - not a narcotic or pain pill. Good luck and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  7. I'm sorry to hear about your migrane. I don't know your pain because I've never experienced one, but I will agree with you in praying you'll never get another one.