I Hate Migraines

For most of my life I have suffered from migraines. They were particularly bad when I was a teenager. Throughout my early 20s, I suffered maybe 1 or 2 at most. I thought I was in the clear – perhaps in some small way I had actually managed to outgrow this annoying and painful affliction. During my pregnancy, I had the first migraine in over 7 years. It was brutal and exhausting. In the six and a half years since my daughter was born, I get a migraine or two a year.

Migraine Pain

Unless you’ve ever had a migraine, the pain is indescribable. I’ve spoken to people who complain of having a migraine, but they are up on their feet and talking and functioning. You can’t function with a migraine. Vision is affected. Temperature is affected. Hearing is affected.

Migraines are crippling. Typically, when one affects me, my first clue is a dimming of the vision. That usually tells me that I have about 15 minutes before the pain obliterates my ability to function. My temperature skyrockets to 102 or 103. I get waves of nausea from the pain. Sound is magnified to the point that even soft noises physically hurt.

Coping with Migraines

I have medication for my migraines. If I can take the medication in the window of time between the vision dimming and the migraine actually striking, I can minimize the pain and the suffering. Last night, I wasn’t so fortunate – the migraine struck swiftly – too swiftly. It took nearly two hours for the medication to help dull the pain enough that I could sleep.

Today, I have what I call the ‘migraine hangover.’ I’m dehydrated, exhausted and very sore. So I’ll be taking it easy. I won’t be working out today – I’ll be taking it easy and drinking plenty of water. Migraines are nothing to full around with and while fitness lifts your endorphins – but working out after a debilitating headache can actually do you more harm than good.

Regular exercise helps me to reduce the incidence of migraines, but it doesn’t make them go away for good. How do you manage your migraines?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.