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We’ve all had a headache at one time or another. Maybe because we’re hungry, or because our allergies are acting up, we take some pain reliever that’s in the medicine cabinet or that’s been riding around in the bottom of our purse and we carry on with our day. That’s not what happens with a migraine. I never understood what migraines were until a couple years ago when I began having them. At first I didn’t really understand they were migraines; rather I was just pretty sure I was dying. My head hurt so bad it make me feel like throwing up. I just wanted everyone to be quiet so I could try to sleep because that was the only thing that helped. There was no simply carrying on with my day. When I finally sought out medical help I was informed like many other Americans, what I was suffering from was migraine headaches.
Migraine is more than just a headache. Migraine can have a variety of components, including nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound, and each attack can feel entirely different for individuals. No two migraines are exactly the same. Sometimes you can feel them coming on, sometimes they take you by surprise. There’s not always a specific trigger for them, but once they come on, there usually there to stay because migraines usually last between 4 and 72 hours. That’s a long time and when you’re suffering from one, it seems like so much longer.
Just because you don’t realize somone suffers from migraine doesn’t mean they don’t. It’s not something that’s blatently staring you in the face, rather these people may just fall off the face of the earth for a day or three and when they re-appear, you’d never know anything was wrong and they were huddled in a dark room crying for the past 24-72 hours.
Migraine ranks in the top 3 of the world’s most prevalent medical conditions, in fact nearly 36 million American’s experience them so there’s a good chance that someone you know suffers from migraines so just know that you’re not alone. For more information about migraines or for tips to help manage them be sure to visit the More to Migraine website.