A Day in My Life with Migraines

By Desiree

Today I am going to tell you about a typical day in my life with a migraine. If you don’t suffer from migraines on a daily basis, consider yourself lucky.

I first want to mention that I have been suffering from these migraines since I was 11 years old and unfortunately, I still suffer from them. I believe that over the years my migraines have gotten way worse. I can easily tell the difference between when I get a headache and when I get a migraine.

Recently, I suffered from a horrible migraine. I felt this as soon as I woke up one morning and the pain was on the right side of my head. This really frustrated me because this was going to be a family day. As soon as I realized this I took some ibuprofen waited for a while to see if it went away but it never did. I remember feeling super nauseous and sick as I ate my breakfast.

This is when I knew it was bad. I tried to sit at my desk to get some work done and the nauseous feeling was slowly increasing and my vision became blurry. I felt horrible so I knew I had to lay down. Normally when I get a migraine this bad, I can’t eat anything, even if I’m hungry. I laid in my bed and semi dark room and saw a bunch of auras. The pain in my head was rapidly increasing and this was probably one of the worst migraines I’ve ever gotten.

Unfortunately, summer is my worst migraine season ever. So far this summer, I’ve already had 4 migraines. Since I get so many nowadays it’s easier to identify what my triggers are (weather, stress, going too long without eating, etc. are main ones). The day continued to get worse. I ended up being in my room for the whole day. I was upset because I love when my family comes over and I didn’t even get to see them at all. This migraine was still increasing and I didn’t know what to do about it.

Luckily I downloaded an app called “Migraine Buddy” and that helped a lot. My intensity level was at an 8 which is severe and I noticed that my hands were shaking a lot which was very unusual to me. My hands never shake when I am suffering from a migraine so that was new to me. I basically missed dinner because I felt too sick to eat anything. I made sure that I stayed hydrated even if I didn’t eat anything that night. I took 5 different medications that day. I usually take Ibuprofen first and try to let that work then if it doesn’t work I take Excedrin Migraine.

After waiting for the medication to work, I realized that it didn’t and the pain still increased. I didn’t know what else to do because Excedrin will usually knock the migraine out but for some odd reason it didn’t that night. 8 hours had passed and I was still suffering. I tried everything to get rid of it, a hot cloth, and my eye mask. Neither one of those things worked and at this point, I just wanted to go to sleep. After all those long hours of suffering I finally went to sleep.

Thanks to the Migraine Buddy app, I found out exactly how long my migraine had lasted. This migraine lasted for 13 hours. I was shocked because it had never been this bad or lasted this long. So if you suffer from migraines as well I highly recommend downloading the Migraine Buddy app right now to help track them.

In order to avoid getting migraines I try my best to take care of myself and not stress too much because stress is 60% of what causes a migraine. Going through this is not fun at all but sometimes I think it’s a way of my body telling me to slow down and rest because I’m always on the move.

Here are some pictures of my migraine log and what I use to get rid of the migraine:



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