I suffer from migraines and yesterday was a bad day for me.
Now, there are many of us out there who suffer from these type of headaches, and if you do, you’re going to recognize the moments in this story. If you don’t – here’s the way it usually goes for me ..
I have got very good at recognizing the day-before-pre-migraine symptoms: usually a slight headache, a feeling of “warmth” gently pulsing behind my eyes, and a very, very slight sensitivity to light.
If I’m on top of it.. I wait – literally count the minutes/hours – until I feel the symptoms very marginally ramp up.
Now, before I go any further, I know what you’re thinking – “Why wait? Take a pill!”. But not every minor headache morphs into the searing pain of a migraine. So I wait.
And why do I register the time passing between the slight headache and the ramp-up? Well ironically, if the ramp-up occurs suddenly, the migraine will be a fast doozy. If it takes time to get going, I’ve got a long-slow 24 hours of pain ahead.
So I fastidiously note the time.
Yesterday, started with a minor headache – no big deal. I needed to get some work done at home. So I sat in front of the computer and plugged away at e-mails. About an hour in, I realized that I had only tackled 3. Uh-oh.
I did a mental body check. Yep, feeling warm. Yep, feeling slightly headachy. Close my eyes, yep there’s the pulsing.
I looked at the clock. 11 am.
A little background here – I’ve had migraines my whole life. If I pull my hair back to my hairline on my right hand side – there’s a small scar on my temple. When I was eight my mother caught me with a (thankfully) dullish knife that I was pushing into my head. I had managed to break the skin, but little else. In her shock she grabbed the knife from me and yelled “what are you doing?” to which I replied “cutting the pain out”. It was then she realized that the headaches I complained of, were indeed migraines. I’ve since been in and out of doctors offices, been told to stay off various food groups, and kept pages upon pages of headache diaries. Turns out my migraines are not food related, not weather related. Mine are hormone related – and with a bit of luck, when I finally hit menopause – they will naturally go away.
Back to yesterday. It’s now 1 pm and things have worsened. I take a pill.
So here’s another thing. I also get non-hormone related “bonus” migraines – usually after a particularly stressful period of time, or event is OVER. Yes – as I relax (often the first day of a holiday!) – I get a bonus migraine. And they tend to be the worst-of-the-worst. Yesterday was a bonus one.
By midnight, I’m in full-on unbalanced-can’t-stand-up-can’t-open-my-eyes-puking-please-let-me-die mode.
So why am I telling you this story?
First – there are a lot of us out there. And it actually helps me to know that a lot of you will read this and know exactly what I’m talking about.
Secondly – a big thanks to my work colleagues who every now and again – find that upbeat, chatterbox Claire Martin is a little quiet and slow – and simply accept it.
Finally and lastly – a big request to the makers of Zomig, who have apparently had some sort of issue in keeping up with the public demand for the drug and are struggling to manufacture adequate doses, please tell me you’re getting back to normal production. Christmas is around the corner and God knows, I need to stock up!