Major Neurological Event

Yes… It’s a migraine, not a headache. About 2 weeks ago I saw an article that said something like it’s not a headache. It’s a migraine. It’s a major neurological event and that kind of stuck with me. I can’t find the article and I didn’t have a chance to read it but it’s so true..

I’ve been a migraine sufferer all my life. I can remember back to being about 4 or 5 years old and having massive headaches. My pediatrician back then said that I had sinus headaches. It wasn’t until my early twenties when I saw another doctor and described my headaches and he said it’s classic migraine at that point. However, the doctor did not want to prescribe anything because of my allergies. It wasn’t until I was in my forties that I actually went back and saw another doctor and actually started getting help. No one has really diagnosed what type of migraines I got? I described them as being chronic. And yes, they can last a couple of weeks. Sometimes they will be on and off for a few weeks. This one this week started Monday night. I got home from work. It was almost 5:00 p.m. I tossed some penne and meat sauce on and started to eat. My neighbor asked me if I’d give them a hand for a moment to check his tail lights. I went outside for less than 5 minutes. Came back in. I was freezing. I crawled under my electric blanket to try to warm up a little and I took a fioricet as I was just starting to get an aura. I think I fell asleep about 6:00 p.m. and woke just after 9:00. My head hurt worse and worse. I started getting nausea. I then took sumatriptan around 11:00 p.m. and then I took a little medical marijuana and put my head down on a hot water bottle at about 1:00 a.m. I was up at 5:00 a.m. like normal. Got ready to go to the office but the pain was too severe. I was also so nauseous that if I put anything in my mouth it definitely would have come right back out. I called out sick. I sat in a chair with the TV on very very low. Just so I would hear something. This is how I spent my entire day Tuesday. In addition I took more sumatriptan and more medical marijuana on Wednesday, I woke up and I went to the office. Although the migraine was fully concentrated on my stomach and I felt like I had a migraine hangover. On Thursday I once again went to the office. I felt a little bit better and Thursday night when I returned home I started getting the aura again. I then took another sumatriptan. I went to bed after a late dinner. Friday morning I woke once again. I have an aura. I have stomach pains and it feels like something is poking me in the back of the eyeball and the back of my brain stem. This is all normal to me. This happens all the time. This is clearly not a headache. What I forget to mention far too many times is in addition to the aura, and the nauseousness is I sometimes have a loss of speech. I forget words and stutter my speech. Also vertigo. I might be standing there talking to you and it’s like all of a sudden. Somebody just kicked my left foot out from under me. I’ll start tumbling over. Fun fun….

Next time someone says how is your headache? Thank twice before you answer…

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