My First Migraine

I’ve never had a migraine in my life up until about Summer 2004. I have had headaches occasionally but nothing would prepare me for what I was about to wake up to. I wake up on a very bright and sunny Summer’s day with a throbbing, pulsating feeling in my head. I don’t remember all the details, like which side hurt more, but I remember it was like an 8 on the pain scale. It was the worst feeling I’ve had in the longest time that I could remember. I had to work and I knew there was no way I could make it to work feeling like this. I felt like there must be a tumor or blood clot or something causing something that feels so bad. I called in to work and made my way in the blaring sunlight (ugh!) to the nearest walk-in clinic. The wait was 3 hours. It was so painful and I was still sleepy, having just woken up. I decided to get myself a coffee at the corner store beside the clinic while I waited. One coffee turned into two…and two coffees turned one migraine into an almost no migraine. I was surprised, as I thought that caffeine would be something that would cause migraines, but I guess I was wrong because it was very effective at giving me relief that day. I still saw the doctor that day and she told me to go home and take tylenol extra strength. Well, the migraine was back the next day, the day after that, the day after that….and so on. It lasted for, as I recall, at least 3 months. I kept going to doctors but nobody took me seriously until I finally got a doctor who referred me to a neurologist. Finally. So that was my first experience with migraines. I’m not saying that caffeine was a cure, but it helped tone down my migraine, and when I get a migraine now, I always have a coffee or energy drink with my Tylenol or Advil and drink lots of water. It sometimes helps a bit. Sometimes it completely gets rid of the migraine. Other times it doesn’t even scratch the surface. I guess that’s the nature of migraines. Over the past 16 years, I’ve tried various things and learned some stuff, and am still learning things about migraines. I hope to share more with you on my experiences….and maybe some cat pics to make you smile.

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