Migraine Hangover & Recovery Day

The five-day migraine let up! I’d like to be celebrating by cleaning the bathroom, but am instead still idle, waiting for the migraine hangover to pass. I’m sluggish, vaguely headachey and spacey while my body sorts itself after the “extreme neurologic disruption” (I just love that phrase) of a migraine episode. Though the symptoms vary from person to person, anyone who has had a migraine know exactly what I’m talking about (as evidenced by the 120+ comments on an earlier post). What are your migraine hangover symptoms?

80 Responses to Migraine Hangover & Recovery Day

  1. My migraine postdrome? It’s too hard for me to sort out. I know I’ve got Meniere’s going on in there too so distinguishing between migraine vertigo and tinnitus, and Meniere’s vertigo and tinnitus, just isn’t possible for me to do. Both attacks have prodromes and postdromes too.

    It’s ALL VERY BAD! :/

    Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if more migraineurs had other things going on besides migraine. One of my former migraine specks spotted the Meniere’s and once I was tested by a neurotologist, it was confirmed. Migraine speck said a number of his migraine patients also had cochlear issues (which is the Meniere’s deal – it’s sometimes called cochlear hydrops).

    Right this minute I can’t tell if what I’ve got going on is head cold, Meniere’s, migraine, some of the above or all of the above! Or it may have some Full Moon thrown in there for good measure as well. XD

  2. steph says:

    I usually feel tired and achy all over and have a lingering, mild headache.

    I don’t drink caffeine regularly, so just a little sometimes help break my body’s funk. But, I’ve learned the hard way to never push through when I’m recuperating from a migraine, it’ll only make me rebound back into another, probably worse one.

    Take it easy! :)

  3. Sarah says:

    After a migraine, I have serious fatigue, a dull headache, and feel like I’ve been drugged and/ or hit by a mack truck. Usually, also a strange out-of-body feelung (but different than the before the migraine part) – it’s like I feel I’m here but not here. Bizarre & disconcerting!!
    I agree that if I just press through and act like the entire episode is over, I often end up taking a step backward and getting a rebound headache or another migraine. It’s good to recognize (and make loved ones recognize) that just b/c the full-on headache part is over, it doesn’t mean the episode is.

  4. kate says:

    Often on a low-pain day, (chronic daily headache), OR after a full-blown migraine, i WILL go out and start running errands or something. Then I’m totally surprised, for the gazillionth time, that I have to lay down after only an hour or so. Even if the pain isn’t back, the fatique keeps me housebound.

    It’s crazy how, after all these years, I still get annoyed with myself and all confused about being so tired “for no reason at all”. It can take me half the day to realize that “oh yeah – it’s because of the migraine!” Duh…

  5. Jolen says:

    For me, the sluggishness and “out of it” feeling is not only a migraine hangover, but symptoms that it’s happening beforehand.

    There are times where that dull migraine will hang on in one of my eyes. For me, it always starts in an eye and spreads from there. The day after a bad episode, there might be that pain in my head the entire day if not overnight.

    Hang in there, you’re not alone!

    • Chris says:

      Just had a migraine and I know what you mean cause I was driving when suddenly I loss vision in my left eye and I was having trouble reading full words to where I only saw the final half of every single word I read and THEN the migraine struck

  6. Jamie says:

    I definitely agree with what Sarah said.

    I feel fatigued, drugged, out of body sort of experience, my body aches, and my head is tender/sore to touch.

    I actually am just getting over a 7 day severe migraine attack, so I’m going through this right now. I feel a bit of motivation to get some things done, but find myself quickly/easily fatigued and scared to be whirled back into another migraine frenzy.

  7. Trent says:

    I know all of you think that 7 days is bad but try living with a migraine from the time you wake up until you fall asleep for almost 5 months. There are days where it takes everything I can just to remember how to walk. My migraines fluctuate day to day and no matter what I do I can’t get rid of them. Over the counter drugs don’t work, home remedies don’t work, and prescription drugs don’t work. And all this time I’ve had several blood tests and been to a cardiologist with nothing wrong. A neurologist is next and hopefully the last.

  8. Jesse says:

    After I’ve had a really bad M or headache, the next day I get what I call an ‘echo’ headache.
    It’s not a true headache, but it’s like a wound that still needs to heal. My head is really sensitive and even if I turn my head quickly, it feels bruised and hurts.

  9. Franco says:

    Hey Kerrie! Long time no cybertalk. Sorry, but u understand all too well the ups and downs and phases we go through as headache sufferers (not to overplay our suffering to the point of martyrdom, but I do sometimes find it funny in a strange way, to own my suffering. There is the school for owning it, and there is the other more etheral school of now acknowledging it, or at a minimum downplaying it as much as possible. This even to the point of not referring to “it” as “My” headache. Yes, I do pretty well in this minor but not to be poo-poohed of positive verbalization as I always catch myself on that one — it is not MY headache, as I don’t want it to own me. It is “the headache” in my verbalizations, and never my headache.

    My I have done a few turns in this much easier form of writing (though not the most practical) in the form of stream of conscientiousness cyber-etchings. So allow me to become a bit more real herein: first of all , I was wondering if you ever experience that numbness, particularly in the back of the head or occipital region. It occurs on the Left side in my case but is not a constant like the background headache I have 24/7. Just musing over an old record from 2003, I wanted to discover if that particular form of headache manifested prior that date, and evidently it had not. Thus I could only wonder if it did not broach happening after what I felt was a less than excellent Occipital nerve blockade I had performed at the pain clinic later that year.

    Cause I have the constant chronic daily headahce/cluster variant or intractable migraine variant diagnosis, which had always been primarily periorbital, behind and around the Left eye, being an intense pressure worsening with mental exertion (like “thinking” or concentrating”). But the one in back of the head usually shows up by days end, or when I turn in. I am wondering if this isn’t what I have read about, referred to as transformed migaine. I still have the dastardly regular old headache. However now I also have what feels like a muscular tension headache in back of head, which manifests, depending on how much I exert myself mentally or have caffeine in a given day—. I noted that this one responds best to an ice pack, interestingly.

    Well,keep on keepin’ on and I hope to hear from you. You have my personal E-mail address too if u ever want to share something new or just want to cry on someone’s shoulder for a while. Feel free and God continue to strengthen you, and love you, as always. YES he does.


  10. Laura says:

    I’m so happy to read these messages. I’m on day 5 of a migraine and I don’t know what to do. Maxalt did’t wok after 4 tries so my dr gave me some vicodin so I could rest. It’s been a struggle over the years to listen to my body and realize that there is a buffer zone after the attack has lessened. Anytime I miss school or work or an appointment I always have that motherly voice ask “Are you sure you’re too sick to go to school?” Guilt, guilt, guilt.

    Alas, somehow I’ve managed not to stab my right temple with a fork to make the pain stop. How does everyone else manage the pain? I’m on meds, drink fluids, lie in a dark room for hours if not days staring blankly at the wall, letting out an occasional wimper.

  11. Sondha Tara says:

    I was amazed to know that Meditation and Yoga can reduce migraine up to 70%. I have been practising Yoga for a month and getting good result.

  12. LissFirefly says:

    I thought I was the only one that went through this. After a headache attack of a few days, I’ll feel achey, fuzzy headed, with a dull lingering headache. I have to go to work and stare at monitors all day, and sometimes that whips me right back into one.

    I am on my second day of a migraine today, but have to work, sometimes, you just *can’t* rest and stay home, I’d be unemployed if that happened as much as I feel is necessary, and it sucks.

  13. H3GYRL says:

    First time reading ur blog & am glad I found it. Have suffered for many years with little relief. Hangover for me is dizziness, fizziness, spaciness, with little ability to concentrate or function at more than a basic level. It’s very true that you have to take it very easy or be thrown right back into a migraine. It really is debilitating. Everyone suffers, not just me. I long for a life free of m’s.

    • Sabrina says:

      I can agree with H3GYRL. since I’m going through the faze of a migraine hangover I might as well tell you guys what happens with me. Usually my migraines would last about a whole 8 to 10 hour period and and if meds are not taken I’m usually one to sleep it off until the next morning or until I wake up. What would happen to me in a situation like this varys. Sometimes I would get blurred vision, dizziness, a minor headache, little body aches or stomaches, and I would end up feeling drowsy even though I’m just waking up or just woke up. What I sometimes do on days like these is drink plenty of water and just massage the head and temples gently.. That way the pain slowly goes away on its own…

  14. GJG says:

    my doc warned me about the recovery period. i am sluggish, and just like kate, i forget how exhausted I can get, so quickly. glad I found this page, it reminds me to just take it slow…..hard to do, house is in middle of remodel, i am moving my work office and everyone needs something. i just started a hot yoga class and I jope that helps with the aches.

  15. Wonderful to find your site! Like many here I thought I was alone with this, and felt guilty when I still couldn’t work even though the major pain had passed.

    And like Kate, I have the tired feeling after doing errands, the need to lie down, not move as quickly. I agree the feeling is like having being run over by a truck.

    Sometimes on the postitive side there is a sense of bliss, gratefulness, to not feel the intense pain. I am walking on air, looking at the trees, smiling, breathing deeply, alive in a whole new way. It’s as if nothing matters anymore, but to be out of pain–my compassion goes up to, for all those who are also suffering. I’ve stopped being trapped in my own head and have been let out of the cage, albeit bruised and ravaged.

  16. Barb Haggerty says:

    Does anyone have memory problems?

  17. Sarah says:

    Guess this string has been quiet for awhile. Recovery at work today from my severe migraine from yesterday. Luckily, my really bad ones only last for 6-8 hours but I’m completely out of commission during that time. Thank goodness for drugs and heavy curtains. Today i feel fine, except for the difficulty concentrating, the computer screen still seems a little bright. But the bad thing I always get afterwards is that if I lean my head forward, the blood vessels in my head start to hurt. Same if I whip my head around too fast. As long as I don’t have to pick anything up off the floor, I should be ok. Just slightly off from normal.

  18. Claire says:

    Looking for someone who may have similar episodes as I. My migraines are always the same:
    I am woken up from a sleep (I am normally a great sleeper as long as no migraines interfere) with a dull ache. By now I know if I am woken up by a headache that it is a migraine and I should take something for it. I am taking Frova which sometimes work great and other times not so much. If I take nothing and just gut it out this scenario always plays out:
    I toss and turn in pain for about 30 minutes, then I need to defecate – regardless of how many time I may done so during the day – then right after I am finished, and I mean right after, I throw up and wretch anything I have in me up. Then I go back to bed and have night sweats and usually after about an hour in bed I can get back to sleep. When I wake up in the morning I always have the migraine hangover where I feel out of it, muscles sore all over and very very tired.

    If anyone else experieinces this please share, its like clockwork. Fortunately it only happens about 5 times per year!

  19. Kathy says:

    Found this when I googled “migraine recovery” . Just suffered my first real migraine this weekend, it lasted a full 24 hours. It ended over 40 hrs ago but still feel awful. Constant dull headache with bouts of nausea, and just can’t make myself do anything. I wondered if this was normal, looks like it is. I wasn’t sure if I should push myself to feel better or do what really sounds good and lie down all day. I so feel for you out there who struggle with this regularly, I truly wanted to die the pain and nausea was so severe and unrelenting. I’m so fortunate my kids are grown and we work for ourselves that I can take the time I need to recover.

  20. Paula says:

    I can relate to most of your migraine hangover symptoms. I get complex migraines accompanied by some stroke like symptoms. I had a migraine with aura and severe pain in one spot one week ago. That spot in my head was sensitive for a day ir two and I was exhausted. 5 days after the migraine, I now feel like my head is in a cloud and I have tingling and some numbness in my left foot, lower calf and left hand
    It cones and goes and so does a mild ache in different parts of my head.
    I went to emerg,they did an ECG and my heart
    is good, they did physical tests for stroke and I have lots of strength. I am on a wait lust for an MRI but they are pretty sure it’s all migraine related.
    Does anyone else have these added bizarre symptoms?

  21. Anna says:

    Yes, Paula, I used to get the focal numbness in my tongue and one hand and cheek, but I’ve found that I haven’t had that since I started taking Maxalt the instant I noticed the migraine start – which for me is always with visual aura, usually after a morning of stress, distraction, too much to do, and not enough to eat and drink. I’ve only recently come to recognize the migraine hangover as part of the migraine, and not to expect too much of myself for a couple of days.

  22. Toni says:

    Hello All,

    Last night I had a monster of a migraine! I truly do not know how most of you can handle these on regular basis. I was begging God to end my life or to take my pain away, either way I wanted it to end. Today I am having weird symptoms I have not seen mentioned yet. My heart hurts & it hurts if I breath too deeply. I of course have the “echo headache” & having a difficult time getting through the day @ work. Has anyone else had issues with your heart afterwards?

  23. Daisy says:

    Thank the Lord I found this site! I thought I was losing my mind because I hadn’t heard about the issues after an attack. For a few days after a migraine, I am incredibly nauseous (the worst symptom) and terribly weak. My body feels like someone beat me up and I feel spacey. My head is sore and I have hot and cold flashes. It’s almost like the flu. I only recently saw a neurologist for the headaches so I have Maxalt or Imitrex help for the headache, but the couple of days after the headache are awful!

  24. Cynthia says:

    I write this as I recover from a migraine episode. This is day three and I am slowly coming out of it – more in the hangover phase; weak, sensitive, shaky, sad – just plain “weirdly off.” All I want to do is lie down.

    My heart goes out to my brother and sister sufferers. I think about us all as I lie in bed for hours (days) on end, reflecting on the intensity of the lesson in patience and stamina with pain. I sincerely pray for myself and for all who know this kind of suffering.

    Blessings to my migraine friends – may we all bear our burden as best we can and live fully, and with great love, when our head comes off the pillow!


  25. Shannon says:

    My 16yr old daughter suffers from “Hemiplagic Migraines” and has for 5 years. After being treated incorrectly for 2 years I actually discovered this type of migraine myself. We were seen in St Louis after a 22 day migraine landed her in the hospital for 5 days. BE SURE you are being treated properly. Her symptoms are loss of function on left side, slurred speech, and severe headache. There are only a few types of medicines that are to be used with this type of migraine, others can cause you to have a stroke. She is now still at home “recovering” from the aftermath of the horrible situation that our previous Dr caused her. Be educated on the type of Migraine that you have…and research all that you can. We finally went to a specialist and are starting treatment all over. It is such a horrible, debilitating, disease that is so mind boggling to treat.

  26. michelle says:

    I am so glad I found this site. My migraines come on with tiredness, or too much sugar like chocolate or cookies. Also, weather changes. I live in Michigan and weather changes. Also, on days when I”m migraine free I do a LOT. Like extra shopping for food, extra housecleaning, and I always stock up on extra food, and cook and freeze a lot. I find after a migraine, I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. I dont have the aura. I can feel it building, and find taking my meds like anti inflammatory and muscle relaxants can help a little. I find what helps is a hot compress on my neck. My neck and shoulders tighten up with each migraine. A massage the day after helps also. The more relaxed my neck muscles during the attack, the less the pain in the head. Also, the less dizzy I get. So for all of you migraine sufferers like myself, keep a heating pad handy. OR, buy a neck pillow that can be heated in the microwave. Also, I find going for a walk in the fresh air after the migraine breaks helps me also. No exercise, just walking outside. I will even walk in the winter. I am thrilled we have an online community. Since there is no support group in the area.

  27. michelle says:

    I”m so glad to have an online community support group. I live in Southeast Michigan and there aren’t any migraine support groups. I tried all the top specialists, and none have helped me. I have been diagnosed with chronic daily migraine without aura. I’ve been told that since I also suffer general anxiety and used to have depression that the same chemical imbalance ( not enough seritonine) trigger migraines. Depression is in remission for 20 years now. Anxiety present but I have a handle on it. I”m so glad I”m not the only one who feels flue like symptoms after a migraine. I am able to watch tv. with migraine. Also, a warm neck pillow on my neck helps to relax the muscls, and allows my smptoms to get better. I have less dizziness and nausea when my neck muscles are relaxed. I do hate the sick stomach I get. Sometimes my face or left arm or feet tingle with migraine. On my good days, I shop for extra food and cook and freeze a lot of food so on my sick days I”m all set with food. Taking a walk outside in the air the day after a migraine helps me too, even in winter.
    I”m doing Tai Chi at home with videos. It has helped the migraines a lot, along with eating less chocolate and sugar. Sugar causes inflammation in the body and triggers migraine. Honey and Stevia are ok, and so is fruit. Lately I”ve eaten chocolate candy and cookies and got migraines. Diet really is a factor. I encourage all of you to find your triggers. Being overactive and run down is a huge trigger. So is weather changes..Good luck to everyone.

  28. michelle says:

    One last comment. Although I’m only 43, I”ve noticed the migraines make me hot. Like, it could be the middle of winter and I’ll stand outside with no coat on to cool off. My friends tease me about being pre menopausal, but I know it is from the migraines. I just tell people my nervous system is screwed up. Just like the facial and arm tingling. I accept it. OR when I get slurred speech, I tell people I feel like a drunken sailor. I dont drink alcohol. But the migraines really mess up my body. I just accept it, and think thank God it’s not life threatening.

  29. ritu bajpai says:

    I agree to all of much pain to so many of us.its sad when life has so much to do,live and enjoy we all are so wrapped up with migraine.i hate and fear’s often, almost regular …sometime mild and the other,like a monster ready to eat me up.the first attack was somewhere around 1999..and since then its my loyal boyfriend…and I have accepted it.With this type of pain which has a different form,duration ,aura….for different people,I think its important for all of us to understand our pain,auras,triggering symptoms,provoking issues and the post recovery period. I personally take a light pain killer..use balm for forehead application..try to stay away from light and sound,have a ginger tea,eat a few biscuits and wait patiently for th pain to may take 6 hour or a night and a day..and for the post recovery..again hot tea helps,talking should be a strict no no.One should indulge in oneself..yes cleaning bathroom well as giving time to your self ..applying nailpaint,combing hair,dressing up,sitting with a pet.. then give ur body rest till it recovers and the numbness eases.a balm massage at the end of episode also helps.

  30. ritu bajpai says:

    a little bit more .. those having migraine should try not to catch cold or have a stuffy nose.anything that can cause pressure on eyes or stiffens the neck muscle should be avoided.cover ur head during winters and changing weather and also during bike rides.use sunglasses.have a routine life.accept ur pain and know ur not over exert urself.cervical pain also triggers watch that out.
    till.. take care friends.

  31. Brittany says:

    I am so glad I found this site. All of your posts have made me feel so much better!!! I have been suffering from migraines for years, and here lately, they have been getting worse. According to the insurmountable amount of doctors I have seen, they all have come to the consensus stress is a key cause of my migraines. My migraines always come with blocks in my perrifial vision, specks, fatigue, numbness and tingling, and sensitivity to light and sound. But no one warned me about the extensive recovery period. I was starting to wonder if there was something wrong with me until I read the posts on this site. Thank you so much for being willing to share your experiences. As I lay here in bed recovering from yet another migraine, I feel better knowing that there are other people experiencing the same thing and I’m not alone!

  32. Kristen says:

    I am recovering from a Hemiplagic Migraine. I started taking a beta blocker today and I am recovering after 20 days or so. I don’t really know how long because my mind is shot. I get numb on the left side. I always get an aura and a headache. I was thinking maybe I had a tumor or a stroke but I now I think it was another migraine. Right now I am hot. Sometimes I get tired and spacy. You guys are great. I don’t feel so alone. Other people in my family have migraines I just seem to have more severe ones. I am going to try and stay on a beta blocker for awhile. I hope you all do well.

  33. Sue says:

    i am so thankful i found this blog – i desperately need to hear from fellow sufferers. i’ve had a bouts of migraines over the years, but the one i suffered last week was in a whole different league. Sudden onset vomiting, with every wretch sending hot fluid pain rushing into my brain – then unbearable migraine pain and more vomiting (dry heaves) for 6 hours. Finally went to the ER where spinal tap, CAT scan and MRI ruled out an anuerysm and hemmorage. I’m back home now but feel like a train wreck. Mild headache, dizzy, weak, lethargic. MRI showed more than normal arthritis in my neck which “may” be pinching a nerve and setting off the migraines. Weird, cuz my neck doesn’t even hurt. I’m at a loss. What kind of doctor should i seek out in going forward? Help!?!

  34. Sue says:

    I forgot to add that the doctors prescribed Ativan every 6 hours and Dilautid as needed (I only take it before bed). I am just so exhausted i can barely move around. Brittany, it sounds like your recovery times are long, too, and i’m so sorry. Have you discovered anything to help shorten them at all? Again, Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences – it feels good to not feel so alone. I hope you’re all doing better.

    You’re definitely not alone. Could the medications be what’s causing you to be so exhausted? Some medications totally wipe me out.

    Take care,

  35. michelle says:

    My migraines are less intense and occur less often. One neurologist and a psychiatrist told me that anxiety and stress can trigger migraines. I used to worry about missing work and social activites and worried about the next attack. I started reading the book, “The Secret.” I recommend all migraine sufferers to read it, along with other positive books. I am starting to exerty myself with negative people in my workplace and tell them I dont want to hear their problems. As a person with chronic migraines, I decided this year not to be everyone’s therapist.
    I would advice other migraine people to also put up barriers to negative people. Their problems become our problems and they trigger migraines.
    I still feel guilty missing work and social engagemets with my migraines. I missed 3 events this past week. I explained at the time to my friends that I had to cancel due to migraines. And would like to reschedule. And you know what? Everyone understands about migraines, everyone says hey, no problem, “there’s always another time.” For the people who work on computers for a living, during a migraine, rub your shoulders, stretch, and take breaks. Try anti-glare monitors or just wear sunglasses to block out the glare. I live in Michigan, and the crazy March weather is triggering my sinuses, causing migraines. I can’t change the weather, only my attitude. Just Laugh off the migraine, and know that “there is always another day.” A strong attitude of acceptance will actually make the migraines less severe.

  36. michelle says:

    Also, my neighbors from India told me to buy Chodin powder from an Indian store, and use it mixed with rose water on the forehead. And fenugreek seeds powder mixed with water on top of the head will help take away the nausea and pain of the migraine. Another alternative is an ice pack on the head, and a heated neck pillow to relax the neck muscles and sleep.

  37. michelle says:

    I see people have different symptoms with migraines. I have different symptoms with each migraine attack also. It all depends on which nerve in the head is responding to the pain signals. I’ve had enough MRI’s and CAT scans to know my brain is healthy, but not totally normal or I wouldnt get migraines. I just want to reassure everyone that once you see a neurologist, and have tests done, accept the condition, and dont overanalyze every symptom.

  38. Laura says:

    I am so glad I found this blog. I thought I was going crazy and I know I’m driving my family crazy. I have suffered from “cluster migraines” most of my life. I had a daily migraine, got a divorce and my migraine went away. Later, I began having hormonal migraines. I had surgery and they went away. Recently the migraines have come back with a vengeance it seems. I am looking for a neurologist to see. I have always had the after pains. If I am cautious then after a day or 2 I can resume normal activity. If not, it will blow into a larger migraine. One question I did have is if anybody else has experienced with a migraine if I get diarrhea at the end then the migraine suffering is over, if not then I will have aches like the flu all over my body, a pretty bad headache and so forgetful and tired. Even after all the experience with the migraines some days all I can do is cry from the pain. The doctor prescribed me an antidepressant during a really bad few months of headaches, she then ask me if I thought they were working, I explained to her that I had been having more migraines and couldn’t say for sure because of the pain level I had been experiencing was wearing me out. She ask if I thought I needed to see a therapist. Angrily I responded “no. I need the pain to be less severe and you to listen when I have an allergic reaction to a migraine med that you prescribe me.”

  39. Judy H. says:

    After 16 years of no migraines, I am recovering from a 3 day headache. I don’t know what triggered it after all of this time. It does scare me though, because I am reminded how excruciating my episodes were. First I was given a shot of toradol, then a shot of fentanyl and then Percocet. I think the Percocet finally started knocking it out. I relate with the “hangover”. It can take a couple of days for me to get over the disconnected feeling.

  40. michelle says:

    I wanted to respond to Laura.I, myself, was diagnosed as having general anxiety disorder. Due to not enough serotonin in the brain. That chemical imbalance also causes migraines. If anti depressants don’t work, try an anti anxiety medicine.Sometimes,even when I’m not feeling anxious, I will still take the meds,and they somehow help control the migraines by balancing the brain chemicals. Also, I found exercising on a regular basis has helped me and eating more whole foods and produce has helped my migraines. I still get them, they suck, but I’m not in the extreme pain I used to be. Just the slurred speech, some pain, nauseous, diarreah, mood changes, sleepless nights, etc. all from a migraine. I also get very hot from the hormonal migraines. I’m now 44 and not menopausal. My crazy symptoms are from the migraine.

  41. michelle says:

    In response to Judy’s 3 day migraine, I think a lot of our symptoms are climate related. I’ve talked to a lot of people this past few months and they are having more migraines than usual.
    The weather has been so unstable I’m hearing about people around the US and in Michigan where I live getting migraines where they didn’t have them in the past, and those of us born with weather related headaches are getting more migraines. So…tough it out and laugh about it.
    Accept it. Whenever I call in sick to work(a lot) due to migraines, I think, well…it’s another sick day, but it could be worse, and it will pass….until the next one. One nonmigraine days, just go out and have FUN

  42. Jennifer says:

    Hello everyone I came across this website a day after I had a really bad migraine that lasted for hours. I’ve had migraines since I was a little girl I can recall or remember me screaming in pain at my grandmas house when I was about maybe five or six years old. Moving forward, recently for the past two years I’ ve really bad anxiety or panic attacks i’m not sure if those two are related to migraines or not but I noticed that my migraines have gotten even worse with time. I’ve been prescribed many stuff for anxiety but they don’t seem to work. The last time I was
    prescribed something for migraines was Maxalt 10 mg and that doesn’t seem to work, even after taking 1500 mg of Excedrin Migraine extra strength doesn’t seem to relieve the pain, I only end up with an upset stomach and even worst nauseous feeling. The feeling after a migraine is very exhausting, I’m in bed right now and I feel dizzy, nauseous, fatigued, tired, like a hangover as everyone here is describes it. I finally got an appointment at The Headache and Wellness Center and hope that they can help me out get through this. I really feel bad for everyone who suffers with migraines and I’m glad I’m not the only one going through this, I understand what you really go through I just wish my family would be more understanding of how bad these headaches are and how debilitating they make you feel the next day. They just think that since the headache is not there anymore that you’re able to do everything again as normal, but they really don’t know how you really feel the next day and that it isn’t over yet. good luck to everyone!

    • Thanks for sharing your story, Jennifer. Maxalt is one of seven triptans and some people have success with only one or two. It’s worth trying another and taking it as early in the migraine as possible. They provide tremendous relief for many people. Best wishes at your appointment.

      Take care,

  43. David says:

    I’ve had migraines now, on and off for 20 years. Recently though, (last 2 years) they’ve happened more frequently, around 2 a week. Each one takes me three or four days to get over, just enough time to start the next; it’s so depressing. I’m an active bloke, 46 years old, yet some days I feel 86 years old. No pain killers touch it, not even prescription strength, 30mg co-codamol. I’ve had a full neck and brain MRI scan, it came back normal. Consultant advised I go on holiday 6 weeks. Great. :-(

  44. Mark says:

    Hi fellow migraine sufferers.
    My headaches were first diagnosed as migraines a few years ago. I had a few experiences with visual zig zags, disturbances and bouncing letters/numbers when reading while at work along with some dizziness and a light headed feeling, not always accompanied by a headache.
    After tests and seeing an eye specialist migraines were the diagnosis.
    This past 18 months or so the headaches have been worse, often starting over one eye with blurred vision. My head feels sore to the touch so when I lay down I cannot sleep because of the pain.
    Not much apart from Vicodin seems to touch the pain, but that kinda knocks me out.
    I suffer the day or two after fatigue described here as well, I try to get up and carry on with things but after no time at all am completely exhausted and falling asleep.
    I felt guilty about this hangover period before reading this thread, now I don’t feel guilty anymore for taking a day off work or chores to recover.

    • Mark, no need to feel guilty! Migraine hangover is a real and exhausting phenomenon. I’m sorry your migraines have been getting worse. I wish you the best of luck in finding an effective treatment.

      Take care,

  45. Abigail Ward says:

    Much love fellow migraine victims. I have suffered from my teenage years and I’m now 37. Just in the recovery period of a bad one now. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you. I’m the only member of my family that gets them & it’s nice to finally not feel alone in my suffering. I’ve had horrendous experiences over the years with them and had all the various symptoms & the differing levels of pain they bring. The hangover period usually lasting 1-3 days. Feeling very emotional, weak, exhausted, depressed, disconnected, low concentration, fatigued, needing a hug :-( Good luck everybody ! Hope your suffering is minimal :)

  46. Holly says:


    From getting my first migraine at 17, I’m 29 now and just lying on the sofa after a horrible migraine which started around 4.30pm yesterday. My third day off work in 2 weeks thanks to migraines and reading previous comments has made me realise how important rest is, as I often try and get on with life through the post pains. One thing that stands out from the 10 hours of razor blades in my brain type agony and wailing out loud like a mad woman was Bruno Mars. That Uptown Funk song went round…..and round…..and round…..and round in my head to the point where I went crazy and decided to lie in my bathtub at 3am with a cold shower on just to try and take my mind off it. I hope this nasty, nasty migraine hasn’t ruined this song for me!
    Sending good health out to all sufferers this Christmas time.

  47. Beckie says:

    So glad I found this page! I’ve had hormonal migraines since I was 20, now mid 40s. I had one 2 days ago and I’m only just coming out of the fatigue now. The vomiting is awful but the pain won’t go until I have spewed. Sorry for being so graphic but I know many of you feel the same way. Its great to know we aren’t alone, despite the awfulness of the headaches.

    • Hi Beckie, thanks for sharing your story. I’m glad you get some relief from vomiting. (That sounds like an awful to be glad about, but you know what I mean.)

      Take care,

  48. Jacs says:

    Hi, I’m a migraine sufferer as well. It’s so great knowing you’re not alone with the pain and side effects many of us go through. I had a really strong migraine just over a week ago. I have found I’ve been getting them around “that time of the month” so had been putting them down to hormonal changes in my body. However, this last one was the worst one I’ve had ever. As usual none of the OTC drugs had any effect and none of my usual home remedies even dulled the pain slightly and for the first time I couldn’t even sleep with it. It really scared me. It started on both sides of my head and then switched to my left side and stayed there. On day 3 I went to the doctor and got some diclofenac and codeine. Thank God they worked. It’s now day 8 after that migraine and I still have a mild dull ache around my left eye. Has anyone ever had any after effects of their migraine hang around for this long ?? It worries me that my left eye still aches a bit as I’ve never had this lingering affect before.

    • Jacs, I recommend seeing your doctor again if it’s still hurting. I’m sorry I can’t help you more. I hope the pain has resolved on its own.

      Take care,

  49. Jacs says:

    Thanks Kerrie. Yes I did visit my GP and also my optometrist. My GP gave me a 2 week course of diclofenac as he thought I was suffering from “chronic headaches” to stop the cycle. After also visiting the optometrist I found that the muscles behind my left eye are now weaker and there is a little more pressure behind the left eye. It’s been well over 6 weeks now since my initial really bad migraine and that ache behind my left eye has almost gone. My left eye now just feels tired like it is struggling to keep up with my other eye and it is possible I may need to have the left lense in my glasses altered if some eye exercises aren’t able to bring the muscles back to where they were before. I’m much happier and feeling a lot more normal again. But I still never leave the house without any ibuprofen – just in case another migraine/headache hits!!!

  50. Sheri says:

    I had an aura migraine that was so severe it caused stroke like symptoms, temporary left side numbness, drooped side of face. After a cat scan and mri they diagnosed me with fibrous dysplasia but my doctor said that had nothing to do with migraine. Am following up with neurologist. Also am experiencing post migraine issues of fatigue, confusion, nausea. Anyone have any knowledge about fibrous dysplasia and how this could be affecting migraines

  51. Dawn says:

    I’m so glad I found this page! I used to have relatively short-term migraines a lot, but hadn’t had one at all until two days ago. It was a 12hr smasher. Worst aura and pain I have ever had with one. I was off work yesterday during the hangover and was convinced I had coincidentally caught the cold/ flu. So drained, dull headache, nausea and general sensory sensitivity.

    After seeing this page, I realise that it’s probably just the post-migraine symptoms. Came online feeling sick with guilt about potentially missing work for a second day, but now I think that it’s justified since I’m still feeling fuzzy with headache, wiped out and sensitive.

    • Dawn, I’m sorry you had such a bad one (I love the term “smasher”!) and that the hangover lingered so long. Best wishes for finding an effective treatment before the next one hits.

      Take care,

  52. Linda says:

    I experienced my first migraine after age 50. I had NEVER had one before then. I’ve read that it’s influenced by hormonal fluctuations, specifically estrogen levels. I’m now 62 and well past menopause. But there’s still no let-up with the migraines. Has anyone else out there experienced this? Is there any chance for them to go away on their own? Or are these headaches friends for life?

  53. Anthony says:

    Found this thread whilst researching why I was going insane a week after my first migraine. Im 42 and had never suffered one before. the instant stabbing pain in the back of my head which radiated into a 5 hr crushing constant pain on the right side of my head, was bad, but not as bad as the last 7 days of fog. i have been confused, floating, difficulty speaking properly and had a dull headache. . I was in hospital for 2 days as a result of the migraine, which was diagnosed as a thunderclap migraine. initially it was thought i had a stroke, as i lost some strength in my right side, but during the CT and angio it was found I had a very small aneurism which may or may not have ‘triggered’ the migraine. Couldn’t keep any pain relief down, and kept vomiting until I was given IV drugs in the emergency department.

    my job is very intense and requires 100 % concentration. i returned to work 4 days after leaving hospital but one day at work and i was a mess. now another 4 days off work. this postdrome (a new term I’ve learnt), is real.

    • Anthony, I’m sorry you’ve had to go through this. It sounds horrible. If you haven’t followed up with your regular doctor, please do so. Thunderclap headaches and migraines are two different diagnoses and are treated differently. Either one should be followed by a thorough examination, especially with them starting at the age of 42.

      Take care,

  54. Faten says:

    i don’t know what’s worse the migraine attack or the migraine hangover. After my migraine attach I fell tired sluggish moody achy disoriented and depressed for at least 3 days. And just when I start enjoying few days of no pain I get hit again by another attack. It’s my circle of life.

  55. Hannah says:

    omg, thank god i came across this site! i have been freaking out for two days now. i had a migraine about 3 days ago, and ever since then i have been completely out of it, super tired, and feeling like i had been drugged. I also feel as if my periferal vision is sti a little fuzzy. ive only had a migraine once or twice before and don’t recall having the “hangover” part. i feel so much better reading all of your experiences, and hope i snap out of this soon!

  56. Annette says:

    Just called in sick to work with post migraine hangover. Tired, weak, dizzy, bad stomach, tingling on the right temple. Reading all the posts, I truly feel validated. I always knew that the ” morning after” was real, but it helps to know that I’m not al

  57. Rose says:

    thanks to those who have posted, I feel compassion for your suffering as I search for relief. Today is recovery from yesterday. Each episode makes me wonder more what really happened. Was is overworking outside in the shade? was is the sharp eye pain a few days before? something I ate? the bright sunlight after days of rain? The neurologist said to take 2 ibuprofen at first sign. that took most of the pain, but still the instant diarrhea/vomiting at same time, I keep a bucket ready just for this, as there is no time to waste. luckily yesterday it was only one round, while on the road and had to clean the gas station commode, walls and floor because there was no bucket on hand. What scares me most, I’ve done hundreds if not a thousand times is pulling off along the road. Alone, and sometimes have to vomit or sleep or just rest and just can’t safely go any farther. One time I was being stalked by a stranger on my way home from work at 2 am. for a few weeks, before cell phones. I am so thankful the pain didn’t strike. If possible I will find a hospital parking lot, rest area, or other places where people may wait in their cars, so I kind of fit in while resting. More often, it’s just a gas station or a pull off spot along a road. Very scary, yet unavoidable. Today, I’ve been in and out of bed and unproductive. thinking of calling off tomorrow is not appropriate though I just want one day back of the 2 I’ve lost. for a while it was nearly every weekend, then just a day or part day was lost each week for almost year. I need a few weeks vacation to get my life on track. Recovery is like a roller-coaster. Sometimes when you get to the top, there is a sharp drop into the pit again and its slow going up the other side, but you can’t get off in the middle of the ride and the landing can be shaky at the end.

  58. Pam says:

    I feel so much better after reading all your posts! I’ve had migraines for 15 years…over the last 5 years they changed and I have stroke like symptoms, which is very scary!! Can’t take regular migraine meds cause neurologist says they can make me have real stroke…I take a seizure med as a way of making them come less often & it has helped but when I’m very stressed & don’t sleep well I still get them…just had one for 3 days and now in hangover stage…speech is still messed up & vision too!! Don’t know about y’all but it’s so embarrassing to me…it wigs people out so I stay locked away until all symptoms are gone!! I hate missing work but don’t want to drive cause I can’t see right or talk right…have gone anyway in past but they think I’m having a stoke & wig out!! So tired & weak, feels like my body has been ran over by a truck! Haven’t had one this bad in over a year so I’m very thankful for that!! Have had migraines but not these real bad ones so i guess i was due!! Feels good just talking to folks who really understand cause most folks don’t understand what we go through!! My Mother has been ill so I think that’s what brought this one on…been so worried about her but now she’s good! It’s weird I’m good when everything is going on but when its over that’s when I fall apart!! Thanks for listening, its made me feel better not to be alone!!!

  59. Corrie says:

    Last night was a very rough migraine. I had to cry before passing out because I was emotionally frustrated with the pain and the inability to do much about it. This morning I’m worn out, have a lingering headache and my eyes are so sore. I do need to call in to work and try to stay home for a bit as the punishment can be another bad one. Reading other posts about this provides some comfort that this is very real and we all need to take care of ourselves when migraines or any health issues attack us. So today I’m not going to feel bad about trying to feel better.
    Thanks everyone for sharing!

  60. Marc says:

    Worst headache of my life happend Sun. around 4 p.m. outta nowhere. I don’t think headache is even fitting I had seizure like attacks and the pain in my head is something hard to put into words. After 6 of the most intense hours I was able to finally speak again and 21 hours later I still had this pulsing thump in my head. I wasn’t able to sleep for over 30 hrs and even today I have this fog like thing over me, zero energy, It feels like I’ve sustained a head injury – I have no history of Migraines or even serious headaches.

  61. Tonya says:

    I had an awful migraine two days ago. It made me nauseous, weak all over, and I felt like I was outside of my body. I felt like I could barely speak. Last night, driving, the headlights on the cars were fuzzy to me, but I didn’t have a migraine. Is this common with a migraine? I was only recently diagnosed, and I would appreciate any input

  62. Laura says:

    I have been getting thease stupid things since I was 30 I never new what they were WOW do I every no now and they suck the problem I had was hoe come the next day I would feel drugged omg I hate it and I seem to forget names and what I wanted to say the words would not come out and it scared me so bad I feel so tired .. Does anyone else get fans in there eyes and go blurry .. Thanks laura

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