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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?

93 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.

    Franco

  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!

    • Laura Turner says:

      I have been having very similar symptoms to yours of late. with the exception that I am awakened with severe, horrific pain radiating from my neck to my forehead. Then the bathroom drama begins just like yours. I feel terribly hungover and exhausted the next day.

  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!

    XXXOOO

  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 u..so 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 it.it’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 subside..it 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 helps..as 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 body.do not over exert urself.cervical pain also triggers migraine..so 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,
    Kerrie

  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,
      Kerrie

  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,
      Kerrie

  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:

    Hello!

    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.
    XXX

  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,
      Kerrie

  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,
      Kerrie

  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,
      Kerrie

  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,
      Kerrie

  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

  63. Amy says:

    I just stumbled upon this and am so glad! One of the earlier posts by Sarah described exactly the feeling I get but wasn’t able to put into words. I get classic migraines occasionally and silent migraines weekly. When I have the classic ones (with head pain) I will get the hangover and this last one, between to predrome, migraine and post drome lasted about 5 days. I didn’t link it all to migraine until now. It is an absolutely debilitating feeling for sure! I feel like I can’t function, like I’m not really here and completely out of it. I have 2 little kids so when this happens it is both scary for me and worrisome of how the heck am I goin to take care of these little people til bed time. Take good care all!

  64. mhairi says:

    Hi I’m so glad to have found this site. Once again I’m in what is being called hangover stage! I’ve had m for about three years now at points felt I must have a brain tumour as the dizziness and spacines afterwards felt abnormal. I’m in day four of a bad headache that for the first time made me feel shivery and sick normally it’s the eye pain along with fluffy brain and can’t cope feeling and like someone said I seem to always forget to connect these feelings to migraine when they first come on! I’m so glad to have read about relaxing afterwards as I always try to push on when most symptoms gone and this is obviously why it takes me sometimes a week to fully recover. I am always so relieved when I do as I always think these symptoms can’t just be a migraine. Thanks everyone for making me fully realise it’s all just the m. Although I can’t help but wonder what if anything are the long term effects on my brain of these attack? Has anyone done any real research other than just Internet surfing.

  65. toyn says:

    Hi I’m 32years old and had my first migraine when i was 28years old. it started with a aura have vision problem in my left eye then i would get the migraine headache.

    It was getting better then I have had a migraine in each of the last three months. I didn’t get the aura but instead migraine would hit in the middle of the night. it would last for a few hours but i would get a lingering headache for 3-5 days.

    I thought it could be from a lack of a good nights sleep.. or possibly drinking soda or eating fast foods. does anyone have any tips of what I can take. I do not enjoy getting these migraines.

    thanks

  66. Lara says:

    I suffer from chronic daily migraines as well as fibromyalgia. I have some level of headache every day, it’s just the intensity that varies. I’ve been on and I am still on profalactics for years without success. I’ve also tried all of the “go to meds” imitrex, sumavel, zomig, etc. with no success.
    Recently I was put on 20mg of Namenda a day. Ive also been working with an anesthesiologist for the last year. Every 8 weeks I see him and get a propofol infusion, bilateral occipital nerve blocks, and bilateral orbital nerve blocks. He sometimes gives me trigger point injections in my neck and shoulders if they’re bad.

    The combination of the Namenda and my treatments with my anestheologist have helped. The biggest change I’ve noticed are the reduction of blocks (consecutive days at a time with 10 rated migraines).

    Now…that said I was so excited about this that I jinxed myself. 5 days after my last treatment I had my worst block ever which was 7 days. It had me doing the ugly cry at times as well as giving have anxiety attacks. I’m sure you’ve all at some point made that trip to the er with an unrelenting migraine so you’re familiar with the usual cocktail. Most times for me it was zofran, torodol, and morphine. In the last couple years I’ve become allergic to narcotics. Now anytime I take morphine, norco, Percocet…I itch uncontrollably all over even with prescription antihistamines (not so fun with surgeries). When I’ve had 10 rated conservative days of attacks my neurologist puts me on a 2-3 day heavy prednisone regime to knock it out. Didn’t work this time. I called my anestheologist after the second day and he told me to meet his fellow at the er at 6am the next morning (I live in in a suburb of Chicago and all of my docs are at Rush University Medical Center so this is not the neighborhood hospital). I do not have high blood pressure but it was 175/115. They did a CAT scan, pumped me up with all kinds of meds as well as a lidocaine drip up my nasal cavity. After 8 hours nothing worked. He had me come back to see My anestheologist first thing the next morning for another infusion. It was still there after a two hour infusion. I was crying and begging him to admit me. I told him I would rather be on a morphine drip or any kind of pain meds and itch rather than endure this crippling pain anymore. It took both him and another doctor to calm me and explain that it could take up to 24 hrs to work and break the cycle. They also explained why not to admit me. Bottom line too much commotion to get the quiet rest that I needed. They gave me fioricet and norco. Fioricet to help the additional tension headache and Norco because I insisted.
    Hallelujah!!! The next morning I was still in a ton of pain but was getting better. Somewhere someone mentioned sneezing postdrome. Holy cow! Only after I started counting I sneezed 17 times in less than 15 minutes. That was a new one. I was getting better, doing a few easy tasks at home, but still sore and still sleeping a lot. Post day 2….
    Now after my whole story (thank you for hanging in there and listening) I have a question. The headache is back to the norm for me, body is still very sore, I’m still very tired…and my vision is blurry today! Why??? Blurry vision usually happens before and/or during. Has anyone else had this happen postdrome and end up fine? Or, is this just a precursor to starting all over?

  67. Sarah Milton says:

    Hi. I am new to the world of migraine suffering. They came out of the blue, I was under huge amounts of pressure and then wham. Ended up in hospital after the 3rd attack, was in for 7 days. I inject myself with Imigran, it is ok but difficult to get the timing right. I was searching the net for answers to how I feel today after yesterdays attack. So pleased to know I am not the only spaced out, achey person out there. Tiredness is most definitely my trigger – along with sugar. I also suffer with MS – which is a bummer to say the least, I keep it all crossed that the Migraine does not trigger an MS episode. Does anyone take vitamins etc with good effect?
    Happy day all. Sarah

  68. carrie says:

    Hello , Boy Iam I ever glad i found this site , I started in my 30’s and they were random I had the aura first then the headache on one side. And they just went away up until a couple years ago and they are back much worse and more often. The after days were only one day now it has been 5 and still feeling tired , occassional dizziness slight neck and shoulder pain on the left side alo that nostril and eye. When sitting the pressure in my head is awful..standing and lying down feels better. But i am so tired almost feels like the flu or something achey and so tired. i had CT scan w/o dye and they said everythinng was normal..ecg..chest xray..blood work amd they just say migraine. This was after a aura that went back to back 4 times in a row..never did get a headache with that one but I had that spacey out of it feeling. My worst fear is getting a stroke because I have the aura has anyone experienced this with the aura?
    I also don’t know what my triggers are and I havent seen a nero doctor because the closest one is 3 hours away any suggestions?

  69. carrie says:

    Oh I also forgot to add that I get floaters a lot of them before or after..usually all the time and the eye doctor told me this was normal for migraines? Is this true?

  70. Lee Jenkins says:

    Hi from New Zealand. Typing in bed as I’m in the fatigue hangover phase of three migraines. I know we are all different but I thought if I shared my triggers it might be helpful for someone else. I’m very fortunate to know what triggers my migraines. I have Coeliac Disease and other food intolerance’s. If I can eliminate gluten, amines, glutamates, and have only low salicylate foods then I can be migraine free. My migraines are different depending on the food cause. I haven’t had a gluten migraine for a very long time. Salicylate migraines are less easy to avoid as they build up in your body. If anyone would like more information about food intolerance and migraines please don’t hesitate to make contact. Kind regards, Lee

  71. Desiree says:

    So many different triggers for different people. It’s hard to figure out at times. I haven’t had a migraine for quite awhile(years?) but my daughter has them. I will try to be succinct. Each one needs to investigate and research and go to doctors. I work in the medical field so i have to investigate the scientific components and try to get answers. Trail and error……anyway. Her protocol – birth control pills which somewhat help(diiferent ones work better than others for migraines), B12(she has mthfr gene mutation which keeps her from absorbing Vit. B12 adequately), her neurologist ordered this test. Also, folate, magnesium and her arsenal of migraine med. The Nuero said initially to take an imetrex, the minute you feel a headache coming on, every time. Insurance only pays for maybe 7 a month, had to fight for additional pills, in two months she blew through 15-20. Retraining the brain not to trigger to a migraine, that is the path of least resistance once the brain learns how to go that migraine pathway. Vit B12 shots once a week for about 2 months to get that up, antidepressant for anxiety and depression(these symptoms have decreased as the migraines slowly decreased). After months of migraines but finally under control, she still felt unable to concentrate, was exhausted ALL the time, kind of exhibiting ADD symptoms, very unlike her, she is in her early 20s. We went Back to doctors for that ,no help. The office I work in has a concussion clinic. Started asking questions and the ADD symptoms were similar to concussion symptoms. From this information I explored a medication developed in Sweden? I think,. It contained phosphytidal serine, upon further reading……..anyway, this with omega 3(krill oil)- healed her brain in a way. Her brain was fried(not literally!) and needed to heal. Sent her to school with a protocol knowing it would take about 3 weeks or more to build up in her system. Heard her laugh on the phone for the first time in ages! She said,”Mom, I feel like I woke up from a coma!” And I burst into tears. She still gets migraines but they are months apart instead of weekly. She does have maxsalt and cambia in her arsenal. Get your vitamin levels checked! B12 and Vit. D especially. I have one more suggestion which I haven’t seen mentioned. Acupuncture. I have used it for some issues and while there inquired about migraines. The accupturist stated quite a high success rate with headaches and migraines. It is not painful! In fact a sense of well being can wash over you as you relax. Good luck ladies, find the right Doctor! Hope this makes sense, it was a quick summation of a long process.

  72. Jaime says:

    Hello, I’m fairly new to migraines so hoping someone can help. On Friday, I had a full blown migraine (aura, then slight headache), then feelings of tingling/light headedness, spinning over the weekend. It went away, then the aura came back again on sunday, which hasn’t happened to me before. Yesterday I had a headache again, and now today I just feel out of it, tingly head, and spacey. I have a cold as well so maybe it’s related, but is just a long migraine attack? Can you have 2 separate occasions of aura in one attack? Thanks!!

    • Jaime, since the symptoms went away between the first migraine attack and the second aura, it sounds like you had two separate migraine attacks spaced close together. Having a cold can make you more susceptible to migraine attacks, so it’s not unheard of to have one right after another. I recommend talking to your doctor about your concerns.

      Take care,
      Kerrie

  73. Desre says:

    Hi all. After sufferring for about 13 years with migraines I finally decided to find out if the next day body aches are normal. If I wake in the night with a pain in the neck it’s usually a migraine. Symptoms: during the day before I find myself rubbing my left shoulder and neck. I am awakened by the pain usually between 3 and 5am. I take Migril. It’s the only thing that works everytime. When I have the migraine there is a noise in my head and my brain feels like it’s in a frenzy. I hold my head until everything calms down. It takes about half an hour. Sometimes I have to take a second tablet. Within half an hour my stomach is upset. And the nausea sets in. Next day in the shower the warm water stings my head and face and any warm water burns my fingers tips too.. I find it difficult to swallow and my nose closes. I also notice blood vessels all over my body. Today after an attack last night, I suffered back pain and all my joints were saw too. It seems all my nerve endings are sensitive and sometimes I feel cold areas in my face. Nausea continues for about a day and I feel insecure and incompetent in my job. Can’t focus and sometimes forget instructions. I’m 56 and my migraines are definitely hormonal as they come every two weeks, around the time I would have ovulated and then two weeks later when I would have had a period. Migril is a Ergotamine, cyclazine hydrochloride and caffeine hydrate. I usually get two migraines one after the other with a normal headache inbetween. Good to know that I am not alone in this, and that I’m not having a stroke. Best of luck to you all. Migril is fantastic if taken as soon as you realize it is a migraine.

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