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21 / M / Ohio, U.S.
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Posted 2/22/13
Back when I was younger, I used to get chronic migraines that I saw a neurologist for. I took prescription blood thinners daily and I had special prescription medicine for when I got a really bad migraine. During these migraines, I had very specific symptoms and reactions.
1. I was extremely sensitive to light and sound. I would need to be shut in my room in complete darkness.
2. Usually only one side of my brain was in pain, and it would feel better to lay on that side.
3. The pain would become so great that I would eventually throw up, which then for some reason relieved a lot of the pain.
4. I would then sleep for around 12-15 hours. The migraine never fully went away until I slept, and then I would wake up feeling like a million bucks.

I eventually grew out of them by the time I reached high-school, and have had only a few small headaches every now and then, but today I just had the worst migraine I've had in about a decade (puking and all). I didn't even have any basic painkillers in my dorm, and I had to run out to the local grocery store. (Driving with a terrible migraine is one of the worst things I've ever done.)

Anyway now at 4 am I am wide awake and feeling great, so I'll ask you guys if you've ever had any similar problems with migraines, or if you've just had one or two really bad ones and had a similar experience like mine.


Or if you've never had migraines, then I hate you and I hope you stub your pinkie toe on a coffee table.
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25 / M / California
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I VERY rarely have headaches, but when I do they are severe. I also get the light sensitivity, especially if it is cold. I don't get much sound sensitivity, but the sound of a dog incessantly barking WILL drive me insane.
Posted 2/22/13
The worst I've dealt with are headaches from really bad hangovers, though they never compare to migraines I can only guess.

I've had some pain from fortification spectrums, also.
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I thought neurologist was for seizures.
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28 / M / Toledo
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I honestly don't know if what I get can be considered a migraine or not since my sense of pain seems to be quite different from a lot of people. Sometimes though the headache/migraine gets so bad that I have to dip into my stash of prescription ibuprofen. That typically helps or at least makes it tolerable but when I get the really bad ones I am a very bad person to be around. I seem to be getting them more and more frequently when I almost never used to even get regular headaches unless I was sick too.
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Posted 2/22/13
When I get migraines I get crazy sensitive to light. All I can do is lay down, pop a few pain killers, put on some music and place a damp towel over my eyes.

Not sure if this will help with someone sensitive to sound as well, but, I find a fan blowing air onto my face helps. My former roomates suffered from seizures and putting a fan in their face would bring them around faster.
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I had one a few days ago. After it stopped it turned into one of those headaches that's at the back of your mind and never goes away.
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I had a series of migraines a couple of years ago (5 in 5 days). I haven't had one in about a year or so now, thankfully. They are horrible! Mine start out as ocular migraines. I'll just have blank spots in my vision kind of like some one ripped the middle out of a picture and taped the two sides together. After about 30 minutes of that, the pain sets in. Now, I have found that at the onset of the ocular migraine, if I take some Excedrin Migraine, it will usually knock out the pain before it fully starts. My brain is usually still scrambled so I still have to sleep a few hours until I'm better.
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I pretty much get the same symptoms you do but i have never seen a doctor about it.
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I used to get migraines quite frequently, even without any stress. Then when I stopped taking birth control, they pretty much stopped. Now I rarely get a migraine, and it's due to physical/mental stress.

When I do get a bad migraine, I pop some acetaminophen and drink a Pepsi, then lay down in the dark, sometimes with the tv on very quiet. Mine get so bad and last so long that I'm out for a day or two. Most drugs don't work, and acetaminophen makes the pain at least a bit more bearable without making my stomach worse. And sadly, sleep doesn't usually help mine.

Thankfully my body sort of warns me before I get a migraine. I get the blurry vision that starts as a small spot and then grows. At the point where at least 30% of my vision is obscured, I have to lay down and close my eyes for at least half an hour, sometimes up to two hours till I can see again. I find the obscured vision part just about as bad as the migraine itself.
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I used to get them every month, but now only a couple of times a year. I had considered shooting myself (joke) but didn't because of the loud noise. The one thing that seems to work for me is caffeine., supposedly not something good for migraines, but works (sometimes) for me. I can really feel sorry for people that get them all the time.
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I suffered from frequent migraines for years, and my symptoms were very similar to yours, except sleep often didn't stop them. After about a year of chronic migraines I came up with a treatment that worked very well. I would take 400 to 800 mg ibuprofin and tie a bandana soaked in ice water very very tightly around my head. The cold and pressure took the edge off so that it was like a normal headache, and the ibuprofin was then able to deal with it. You may still have some minor visual disturbances and disorientation, but you won't feel like your head is about to explode. This method would usually cure my migraine in about two or three hours, and allow me to function at the same time (I could even watch tv or work at a computer). I stopped having migraines when I was pregnant, and since then have only had a handful, although I have regular tension headaches.

My son has headaches as well, and it was one of the first things he talked about when he was one. Poor kid.
Posted 2/22/13
when i cry or am in a bod mood i tend to get them
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I get migraines all the time , since childhood. My technique for a severe migraine if I am at home is this.

I will take 3 Tylenol or 3 ibuprofen , then 3 and only 3 puffs off a marijuana cigarette ( more seems to amplify it for me ), stand in the shower for about 5 minutes, then wrap a towel around my head tightly for about 30 minutes. this usually cures it. Sometimes after the shower for super bad cluster headaches, I will try hard to fall asleep.
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