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Migraines
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Posted 2/22/13
I get them with stress.

I get sensitive to light and incredibly sensitive to sound. There's a great throbbing pain and heaviness on one side of your head.

When it happens, all I can do is take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, lie prone, heavy, throbbing side down and take sips of ice cold water at ten minute intervals.
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I had a migraine once before when I was about 12 or 13 it made me feel sick like I had the flu and made me vomit as well. My mum had some tablets for migraines (don't know what they were) after I took them I felt completely fine. That was the only migraine I've ever had and I hardly get headaches so I'm quite lucky in that respect.
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Posted 2/22/13 , edited 2/22/13

pakslonglegs wrote:

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.


I've heard caffeine actually helps migraines. Both my mom and myself drink a soda when we know migraines are coming, and my mom rarely consumes caffeine.
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have migraines to, first wen i was like 4 years old, stopped around age 8.. To bad it came back wen i was 16.
I have them always wen i get my period >.< (raging hormoons) but also wen i am stressed and wen wetter change to much from hot to cold....

And same as you have all this ....
1. 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.

trowing up makes the pain less and after a sleep its better, sometimes its so bad that i wanted to kill myself to make the pain go away >>
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I drank too much soda, now I'm trying to get off it and it gives me major headaches.
It would help if someone told me the differences between migraines and headaches also.
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My family is prone to migraines. We get it from my mom's side of the family. Well, my mom and my younger brother get them the worst and have bottles on top of bottles of painkillers on hand. You'd think they were druggies.

I personally don't get migraines that often, thank god. When I do they vary but are mostly due to stress. I get them about couple times a year, the last time being a couple weeks ago.

What I tried for the first time was to lay on the floor. It kind of helped but what did the trick for me was me banging my head (I'm talking about a slight hit not headbanging at a concert lol) against the floor. It was very weird. I get the idea of applying pressure to relieve the pain so maybe the banging worked in a similar way? No clue but it worked. Migraine was gone in an hour or so.
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DarkBeaty wrote:



throwing up makes the pain less and after a sleep its better, sometimes its so bad that i wanted to kill myself to make the pain go away >>


Yeah either that or have the half of my brain that is hurting removed. Makes you appreciate just doing simple tasks while not in agonizing pain.
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21 / M / Ohio, U.S.
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Nyuboom wrote:

I drank too much soda, now I'm trying to get off it and it gives me major headaches.
It would help if someone told me the differences between migraines and headaches also.


Headaches are usually just annoying and go away after an hour or two if you pop a few tylenol. Migraines are extremely long and severe, can cause nausea and vision loss, and usually don't go away with just medicine. What you have I assume are just headaches due to your body becoming slightly addicted to the caffeine and sugar in the soda, and you are experiencing some withdrawal symptoms. It is why some medicines like excedrin have caffeine as well as painkillers in them.
Posted 2/22/13

heyitsthatguy wrote:


Nyuboom wrote:

I drank too much soda, now I'm trying to get off it and it gives me major headaches.
It would help if someone told me the differences between migraines and headaches also.


Headaches are usually just annoying and go away after an hour or two if you pop a few tylenol. Migraines are extremely long and severe, can cause nausea and vision loss, and usually don't go away with just medicine. What you have I assume are just headaches due to your body becoming slightly addicted to the caffeine and sugar in the soda, and you are experiencing some withdrawal symptoms. It is why some medicines like excedrin have caffeine as well as painkillers in them.


Oh I see, so yesterday was a migraine then. Since it lasted 8 hours? Painkillers really did nothing for me either.
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21 / M / Ohio, U.S.
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Oh I see, so yesterday was a migraine then. Since it lasted 8 hours? Painkillers really did nothing for me either.


Sounds like a migraine to me. To me what separates a migraine from a headache is that with a headache, I can still go on with my day and it is just annoying, but when I have a migraine, I can't do anything other than lay down and try to sleep it off.

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Females on my father's side of the family often get them, starting puberty ending menopause. Had them for a year in fourth grade, they went away, they came back in high school, slowly ramping up in duration, frequency, and intensity until a few years ago, when I had multiple a day, every day. Tried various treatments (and am apparently allergic to blood thinners), and currently get them more like a few a week. It's too often to use painkillers (as I would then desensitize myself to the painkiller; yes, I've done it before). It sucks.

I'm usually not sensitive to light (although that happens occasionally), about 50-50 for sound sensitivity, vomiting (and even nausea) are pretty rare. What I get most is pain and sensory distortion (intense distortion; I can fall down, or not hear an emergency vehicle's siren even when it's right next to me). Officially, I'm diagnosed with ocular migraine, but I don't follow the most typical symptomatology for that diagnosis (it's just the closest for what I do). In the course of my experiences, I've had an experience with every migraine symptom except seizure and stroke. Neurofeedback has probably been the most useful treatment for me so far, but, as mentioned, only down to multiple times a week, so, hardly a complete treatment. I react well to caffeine, fortunately, so I didn't have to give up tea permanently (I tried removing it for a few months to see if there was a difference).

Exercise is supposed to be a bit of a preventative (it makes it harder to get one; doesn't make it not occur ever, and I don't think usually stops a migraine one it started - as if one would begin exercising while migraineous if one had a choice!), although it can also be a trigger for some people. Just in case anyone didn't know that and wanted something else to try.
My food triggers appear to be chocolate, alcohol, MSG (naturally occurring and added); I think that's it. Most of my triggers appear to be more environmental (or just existing...). How about other people?
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Nyuboom - I believe these are the typical headaches people get. Caffeine withdrawal can trigger both tension headaches and migraines. Read as much or as little as you want; I know there is a lot of information in these.

Headache summary: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/headache/headache.htm

Tension headache: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000797.htm
Migraine: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000709.htm
Cluster headache: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000786.htm
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I usually only get migranes when I'm overly frustrated about something, but I've stubbed my toes more then the average person I think.. Ahahaha.
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Posted 2/24/13
I get a migraine at least once or twice a day. I have prescription pain killers.
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27 / M / ロンドン、カナダ
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Posted 2/24/13
I had pretty much the same experience as the original poster during my childhood. While my migraines eventually went away (and stayed away for years) I started getting them again about a year ago. Thankfully this time around they were only being caused by my vision which had gone to crap. I promptly got glasses and the migraines disappeared yet again
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