If you've never had a migraine, you might think it's just a really bad headache. But if you've ever had them, or you know someone who does, you know that they're much worse -- and much more complicated -- than that. Hank explains the biology behind this disorder of the central nervous system, and how it can be treated.
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I don't get auras every time but when I do I get vision loss. It's absolutely terrifying when all of a sudden focusing becomes impossible and you're unable to see anything.
Thank the gods I don't get them every time because I get migraines pretty frequently. It's terrible, if your genetics spared you count yourself lucky...
I hate it when people say “I get headaches too!” Or “just take an ibuprofen” migraines are a million times worse than headaches. When I get mine I get really tired or really calm and then there auras come. After that it’s all a landslide of pain and nausea. I can’t take oral meds when I get them because they always end up coming back the way they came. Migraines aren’t dinky little headaches, they last forever and feel worse.
It's just like having a headache, not anything more, just a headache with of course... a longer duration.
I guess i'll never have headaches in my life but just the extension of something longer. Migraines.
The fact that I don’t even know what kind of headache I have is a bit funny for me. I had a headache last for more than a week and for the time I had that headache, I did not understand anything at school.
I suffer from migraines and the one thing ive learnt is NOT to eat a thing while suffering one it will cause you to be sick and my migraines can be started by high levels,of stress/anxiety or excitement but its stress that's more the enemy for me
I get very bad migraines when I'm on my period and very rarely get them when I'm off it but I still do get them and if you live in the united states there is a good medication called "ultramol" and it helps thanks for coming to my ted talk
I've come up with a cure for migraines that at least works for me, every time: When you feel the headache coming on, take no fewer than 6 excedrin and go back to bed for 30 minutes or so. Yes, that's a LOT of excedrin, and maybe this isn't a viable solution for anyone that gets migraines on a very regular basis. I feel them maybe once or twice a month.
Thank you for this episode. It explains what I struggle with very well. Hopefully showing this to my family and friends will help them be a little more empathetic. I only wish you had mentioned how difficult to treat chronic migraines are. Some of us have migraines on some level 20 days or more a month. When that is the case being in a dark quiet room all the time isn't an option. So we push through the pain to live our lives. Having the understanding of those around us is crucial in coping.
I've only had a migraine once and I'm so glad I haven't had it since then and it was absolutely terrible. I threw up twice and my dogs wouldn't stop barking even tho I was upstairs it felt like they were right beside me. I was literally crawling around crying because I was alone and didn't know what to do. I only have a headache rn thank god
STILL MY FAVOURITE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE 2 YEARS LATER, Sick of people saying oh I have a migraine... really and youre here... at the bar... in town ... at work ... and just took 2 advil and youre ok ... really ... nope you just have a headache
Yup, and with this grab bag of awful symptoms you never know which ones you're going to suffer from one attack to the next. I've had everything from an otherwise normal headache accompanied by a strange numbness that travels up one arm, across my face, and down the other arm, to painless episodes of slurred speech and greyed-out vision, to an excruciating headache that came on like a thunderclap and was so bad I broke one of my teeth by clenching my jaw too hard (to be fair, it was a crown, not a healthy tooth). Mostly I get the "otherwise normal" headaches, so I consider myself lucky. My heart goes out to all of you who suffer intensely painful migraines!
I've literally gotten migraines after walking inside when it's bright outside. My eyes didn't adjust to the light so I got sick and dizzy and half blind with a throbbing headache that was enough to knock me over. That's the worst one I've ever had most of them are from dust pollen or weather.
I've had a migraine before. So far it's only happened once, but by God was it the worst thing I've ever experienced. Those of you who deal with them on a more regular basis, you have deepest sympathies.
I once got a migraine at school... I slowly felt weaker, kind of like I was gonna fall over, and then the nausea rolled in. I literally had to run to the washroom to throw up. I threw up quite a few times, and on the drive home, I had to wear sunglasses because my eyes were super sore and sensitive. I ended up spending a lot of the day in a cool, really dark room😶
Important, i had severe migranes for many years causing some causes to hosptalise me, the cause was a back injury, if you suffer from back migranes i HIGHLY reccomend seeing a chiropractor for a check on your neck, that is what caused mine, he took me through some treatment and i havent had a migrane for 8-9 months now! It might just help you!
Accurate. I get chronic migraines with my aura being severe double vision and triggers being weather, light, literally anything abnormal and it usually lasts about 5-7 hours of throbbing pain on my tempols. It's genetic, from my mom's side. Taken every pill known to man, but they don't usually work for a while
It’s a good thing I have several different brains. So if one brains hurts, I take it out, but in the fridge let it cool down, and then put a colder brain in my head and then boom migraines gone. Deal with it.
Thank you so much! I've had them since I was young and I've experienced far to many people who don't believe migraines can be "that bad". I'd never wish it on anyone, but it's so tiring trying to explain it to those who can't comprehend it.
I used to get excruciatingly painful migraines along with vomiting. My mom always insisted on keeping those awful Glade plug in air fresheners with super strong smells and it would make it so much worse. Thankfully after puberty my migraines went away, but migraines were the worst pain I've ever felt in my life.
The pain of a migraine is unbearable. All you gotta do is tough it out, sometimes medication won't even work. Honestly I'd rather go through childbirth, break my ribs and have kidney stones instead of experiencing the pain of a headache ever again. If I could trade it in for another type of pain, I would!!
I have migraines on a rare occasion. My warning is a small spot in my peripheral vision in which I can't see. Within that spot of blindness I see what looks like a lightening strike and it flashes extremely bright, vivid colours as it grows over the rest of my vision. Very difficult to read or see where I'm going at that point. Then comes dizziness, fatigue, light and sound sensitivity and nausea.
I take a couple of naproxen at first onset and lay in a dark room which prevents it progressing but the light sensitivity will set it off again if I'm not careful about slowly getting used to the light again. I usually spend an hour or so getting used to the light again by slowly opening a blind bit by bit every 10 minutes. Even when the visual aura is gone I can't just open the window and be fine as it will immediately come back. The worst one I had lasted an entire day and I still felt crap for the next 2 days.
It doesn't help that it was also my first one, took place in the middle of a college class and I had no idea wtf was wrong with me, just that I was suddenly losing my vision. That's definitely scary losing your vision without warning and you don't know why.
Migraines are worse than headaches by far. I'd take a headache any day to a migraine. At least I can still function with a headache.
I remember a few years ago I started experiencing ocular migraines that stopped after a few weeks but they would last for about 30 minutes and I would lose a lot of my vision and the first time it happened it was terrifying because I thought I was going blind
i always get migranes and they are so painful, i get aura first then it goes away and i get a fat migrane headache for like 6 hours, and plus my eyes are really sore after the aura. you do not want to get them
Smells like petrol, burning, and asphalt are big triggers for my migraines. It's horrible when you're going about your daily life and you smell something and you have to rush to try and prevent a migraine, but you know it's only a matter of time until one sets in and ruins your next few days.
My dad gets migraines so when I get them, he knows what's up. Sounds don't bother me, but light and smells do really bad. So I hide in my room, turn on some metal softly, use my lavender vanilla pillow mist (the one scent that actually helps) and sleep for 12-36 hours. Longest migraine I've had lasted 4 days. That was hell. It was the only one that actually made me vomit. Usually I get a bit queasy, but never throw up for real.
I suffer from mirgranes for about 5 years now.
My worst trigger is my mental health. I also suffer from bpd and my physical and psychological well beeing is direktly linked.
Have to send your video to my bf so he will understand, migraines are not like his usual "headache after a heavy night out"
i get these aura an they a have a panic attack i get them months apart but once had them back to back days I've had maybe 8-12 the last three years. I have terrible headaches and drink a lot cola and i'm on methadone maintenance
When I get a migraine, I always get a bunch of big black spots in my vision, peaking around noon-ish and giving me tunnel vision, then disappearing as the pain sets in and I am out for the day. Luckily, they only last for a day.
When I got my first migraine it was so bad I didn’t know what it was so my workplace had to call 911. All my vitals were fine so they didn’t know what it was either (which I find troubling...)
It started with an aura. I realized I couldn’t see one of my campers across the field so I sat out. Then I realized I couldn’t see the campers sitting directly next to me. Then I started to get an extremely bad headache. Then my whole left side of the body went numb and that’s when I freaked out 😔when EMS couldn’t figure it out, I went to the doctor and they immediately knew what it was—although after driving there I ended up puking... I didn’t even know it ran in my family. Just not fun 😂
I once had a migraine with a lot of symptoms like a stroke. I experienced numbness in the right side of my body, slurred speech, and I could no longer write textmessages on my phone ( I couldn't recognise the letters). I got extremely scared because I was sure something was seriously wrong with my brain, and I went to the doctor. After 4-5 hours with nausea and extreme headache I would vomit and all of a sudden all symptoms were gone. So glad the doctor was able to correctly diagnose me immediately cause I was freaking out!
When I get a migraine, I briefly have a sensation of euphoria, then I see auras for an unknown amount of time in which I run to sit down. The migraine then hits and I can do nothing but wait for the pain to make me pass out and hope I'm still functional when I come too. I've had them since puberty hit and they're more terrifying now that I'm in college and could strike at any time. Stay strong, fellow sufferers.
People say you get eye problems when you have a headache, but I usually don't. I always thought I was getting migraines all the time, but what if I'm not??? Most of the symptoms he really don't apply to me. Ok here's how my "migraines" go. It starts with my head hurting, then it gets worse and worse, until I can't be in a room with loud noises or bright lights. I go to my room, in complete darkness, and fall asleep. Sometimes I wake up and go throw up, but that's it. I sleep all day, and wake up and it's fine. Well most of the time at least. Sometimes I wake up and still feel like crap lol. Sometimes. But yeah. Some people have told me that it's linked to my eye sight. I need glasses because I have astigmatism. So when I go for a long time without them I get migraines. But I also got them when I wear them. Very frequently, actually. It's very weird. Since I got my glasses my migraines have gone down though. I get them less often. Wow this is probably the longest comment I've made. Probably a pain to read. Ok I'm done now. XD
Got prescribed 'Nortriptyline' which is marketed as one and it's the only thing I've ever used to suppress them almost entirely. Wasn't big on the idea at first but didn't have much a choice and it actually worked. Only bad thing is you need to keep taking them because if you stop for a week or so, the migraines will be back like normal and it takes days before it takes effect again.
About the "dark, quiet room"....This isn't always the case. I know I'm not the only person with migraines who seeks out distractions from what is otherwise a torturous nightmare. If I can, I will watch Netflix, browse the internet, listen to podcasts, or try to play simple games. If I can do these things with a loved one, all the better. (Because migraines, and the side effects of the powerful meds for them, can be scary.) Anything to keep from being left alone in a dark room with the pain. However, it can depend very much on the type of pain I'm having. I can even semi-function and complete simple chores if I'm having sharp, "bright" pain. The deep, grinding pain is the nightmare pain that really stops me, but I'll usually at least have a radio on low to focus on. Again, anything to not focus on the pain for even a moment here and there, is welcome. It's all still misery, and not fun like doing these things when not in pain, mind you.
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