Migraines with Aura

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As the title suggests, today's blog post will be all about migraines and my personal experience with them. I'm going to summarise it here right now though, they suck, and I mean they really really suck.

I was inspired to write this blog post due to the fact I had my first migraine for a little while, honestly I had almost forgotten how bad they can really be, almost. The type of migraines I suffer from are migraines with aura, it basically means I suffer with pre-migraine symptons such as blind spots, flashing lights and something called fortification spectra, that last one is something I've only recently realised was down to my migraines. The picture below is a pretty good impression of what I get:

NOT MY IMAGE
It's hard to explain exactly what you see but this artist's impression is pretty good, it's also hard to explain to those who don't experience it because they basically look at you as if you are insane (trust me I know). 

So, that is what i'll experience for around 30minutes before the actual headache starts, which then turns into a strong throbbing pain usually on the left side of my head. I really cannot express how painful migraines are, and if you are sat wondering if you've had a migraine, chances are you probably haven't. You know like when someone asks you if you've had an orgasm and you're not sure? Yeh, that. If you're not sure if you've had either you probably haven't. 

Now, I was "lucky" this time round as my migraine lasted around 16 hours (roughly) from start to finish, but that isn't where it truly ends, as for me personally it can take a few days to actually get myself back to "normal" after an attack. Migraines are very draining and as someone who also suffers with insomnia it's kind of nice to get a lot of sleep as I don't always sleep. 

When I had just managed to turn the light on without wanting to die!

I've had the migraines that last several days and they suck, so to me anything shorter than my longest one is "lucky", because I know how much more worse it could have been. I took the photo above towards the end when I had finally managed to turn the light on without wanting to die, that's the other thing about migraines, for me the only thing that eases it even a little is laying in a dark room with the duvet over my head. Having the duvet over my head is something I never do normally, it makes me feel like I'm suffocating but when a migraine hits it's the best thing. 

So, what do I do to help them? After all, if you stumbled onto this blog in the hope of finding a magical cure, sadly you will have to continue your search. However, the one thing I can actually recommend is exercise, although your doctor has probably already told you that and you haven't listened. It's not a cure but since joining the gym and doing regular exercise I find myself having a lot less attacks, and I used to have a lot of migraines. I used to take some medication for the migraines, which honestly didn't do me a whole lot of good, so the fact something as simple as exercising can reduce them drastically for me is a complete life saver and just that little bit of extra motivation to keep going to the gym.

What else do I recommend? Having some healthy ready meals in the freezer just in case you have an attack, because I have no energy to cook so being able to at least throw something in the microwave is possible, or allows someone else to quickly get some food together for me. Eating junk won't make you feel any better so definitely having some easy healthy food is a brilliant idea to always have around just in case. 

Honestly, you need find whatever works of you best, it can simply be a case of trial and error, I know it was for me, tablets didn't work great for me but luckily exercise has done wonders for me. Don't give up if the first thing doesn't work, just keep trying out new things. There are plenty of online support groups or websites that suggest remedies so give them a try!

See you in the next post!



- Bambi -

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  1. Hi, Bambi, I have had migraine all my life, I'm over 60 now, the only thing that helps me is to chew a leaf of feverfew when the fortification spectra come on - this is a dreadfully bitter tasting herb, but it does seem to shorten the attack and abort it on some occasions. We now grow the herb in our garden, though in England when we lived there it was a weed that grew everywhere. Don't know if it will help you but I send this in the hopes that it may.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that Tony. I'll definitely look into using feverfew and see if it can help me with my migraines. I'm always on the look out for new options to try other than using painkillers (which never fully help anyway!)

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  2. Hi, Bambi, I have had migraine all my life, I'm over 60 now, the only thing that helps me is to chew a leaf of feverfew when the fortification spectra come on - this is a dreadfully bitter tasting herb, but it does seem to shorten the attack and abort it on some occasions. We now grow the herb in our garden, though in England when we lived there it was a weed that grew everywhere. Don't know if it will help you but I send this in the hopes that it may.

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