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'm 16 and I get ophthalmic migraines almost every single day, some are a lot worse than others but it's a very shitty thing I have to live with. Idk if this had anything to do with it, but I have rediculously good eyes(except for when theres damn lights floating all over the place). I can read the entire vision chart which is a few places after 20/20 but light kills me; barely more light than normal or a change in light never fails to make my migraine worse. I'm wierd though, noises never affect me in the least; In fact, sometimes playing or whistling music helps me a lot when my migraine is really bad.
**0 clue why you would care but there ya go. I'm a dude by the way, idk why I didnt mention that.
*I never get stressed or scared ever and both my parents get them occasionally
My migraines are cause by over cast skys. Sometimes I get lucky and will have a bad headache when I go outside but then have it go away once I'm inside the house. However there are those times where it will start inside and then I have to go to class and be the time I get to the other side of campus I feel like I'm going to throw up or explode or both
hey guys, you need to expand a lot more on this. Like how the aura is a seizure of the visual cortex. You can easily go into a lot more detail.
like how an ice pack or cold cloth helps, how eating beforehand (however unintuitive that sounds, woth the vomiting an all) lessens the bllod pressure in the brain helping to take the edge off. Also how drinking water after you vomit so you have something other than your stomach to throw up making the heaving less painful (if you can get a moment between heaves to drink water).
I've grown up with my mother practically living in the bathroom puking her guts up, because of migraine attacks. I've been terrified of also getting it once I reached my mid twenties. Well, I can gladly say I don't get severe symptoms like my mother, but as I'm writing this I've had a head-in-a-vice headache for 3 days in a row now. It happens often.
It's taxing, and I'm sick and tired of it.
I was reading a bunch of the comments here, and a lot saying you shouldn't complain if you "only" have a headache. I say, there are degrees to everything. I can "function" while I have headaches like these, as in, I can walk around, eat and use my vision.. What I can't do is concentrate on anything, a feeling of utter exhaustion, and the day is just a haze, waiting for the pain to go away.
Not really sure how to get my point across, but... something like... Don't dismiss other peoples suffering because you perceive it as less pain than your own? I guess... ^_^"
Everyone handles pain differently, and some have a really high threshold.
I've seem people charge through an entire day of work, while having a 40* degree fever, while others crash and burn at 38*.
When I wake up to that sweet urge of just forcing out my whole insides in the middle of the frigging dear night just to end up with two days of barely eating and a constantly exploding head... How to start your weekend...
that's perfect advice, I find that having horrendous migraines is like my body torturing my soul. just spent 36hrs in pain, I walked in a small circle from 11pm to 6am even the fairy lights on the Christmas were too bright -
I get migraines when I've forgotten to take my antidepressant. Since it's got to do with seretonin and my body is a mess, I tend to end up in a basement bedroom with the lights out and a bottle of painkillers.
I don't if this is a migraine but I was reading in school and then some of the words just started disappearing then 5mins later I head a really bad pain in my head I went home and vomited twice then I felt better straight after what was this?
I remember when I used to get migraines when I was a kid from the ages of around 8-11. Man was it a dark time of my life, not because life felt like crap or anything (I was just a kid lol), but simply because of the constant migraines I had about 2-3 times a week lasting for a whole day! And I thought they were simple headaches! They were definitely much more intense than 'regular' headaches, although I'd rate my migraine scale of 1-10 at about a 6.5, which is moderately high but still intense for such a young kid. I never felt any of the speech/hearing distortions or blurry vision or any forms of seizure-like episodes thankfully, but nausea, vomiting, intense hearing/vision/smelling sensitivities, excessive yawning, difficulty focusing, difficulty sleeping and of course intense headaches were very real and terrible symptoms I had from the migraines. So I went to the doctor when I was about 9 yrs old and he tested me through an MRI scanner and I was thankfully normal for the most part but I was prescribed cyproheptadine to help ease my stress which really helped, but unfortunately provoked weight gain for me. But man was it worth it because I lost the weight and the migraines altogether officially when I was 12 yrs old and I felt so alive and relieved. I feel true empathy and sympathy for all migraine-sufferers and hope you get better like I did. Although it may take a few months, or years like with me, I assure you to keep pushing and consult a neurologist to help find the source of your intense symptoms. You will get through it as I bravely did as such a young kid! Good luck and god bless.
Mine are genetic disorder when it happens I am sensitive to every thing including touch and temperature. I can usually tell when one is about to happen. I have a small headache followed by numbness and nausea not a fun thing to have the only thing I found to help is a dark quiet room and a couple of arthritis patches on the forehead
My mom gets them so bad she’ll throw up or pass out. I have just started getting them over the last year and while mine don’t hurt any worse than a normal headache (which is still absolutely terrible) and mine just so happen to last for almost a week every single time I get one! I’ve always said I hated the sun and like to keep my apartment pitch dark especially during summer (I also have GAD and panic attacks so that’s probably a main reason) but I’ve only just realized that my hatred of the sun and the fact that it just seems SO BRIGHT is probably from my migraines. My moms migraines are so bad, she has to get botox shots in her head. Her doctor also told her, before I realized my freaking week long headaches were migraines, that any kids she has (which is only me) would be highly likely to get migraines passed to them as well so yay for me. Nothing I take helps to relieve the pain and like I said it’s no worse than a regular headache, they just last for days and days and days and days! But I read online that migraines don’t have to be as painful as the extent that my gets them. I also frequently get nausea and dizziness so I’m going tot talk to my doctor about getting some kind of prn pain med to take when I feel one coming on.
I get migraines, but I've had noticable auras for the past year, so I'm able to much better manage them. The medication I take effectively treats the pain, but either as a side affect of the medication or untreated part of the migraine, I have very low awareness and difficulty processing any outside information. I understand not wanting people to call every headache a migraine, but it's hard to accurately explain that state to my teachers / friends. Especially since when I'm in it I find it hard to words at all. I usually say "I was getting a migraine but I took some medication" but I do think some professors I have feel I'm not using migraine correctly.
Do other people out there have semi-reliable treatment and struggle with this.
(Ideally, I wouldn't go to class when this happens, but my programme has very strict attendance rules, so it's better to be there and not remember a thing than to not be there.) in school teachers often thought I was doing drugs when I had the pre-migraine symptoms, because of the changes in my eyes (my pupils dialate and I stop blinking as often and my eyes look "glassy")
In class, i saw this little spot in my vision, but didn’t think much of it. Throughout class it started spreading across my vision and i started panicking because I couldn’t see ANYTHING of what my teacher was writing on the board. I was trying to walk up to her to tell her but then it just felt like my brain exploded.
For the past 18 years or more I get migraine everyday am 33 now I have to take 2 Excedrin tablet.every morning it doesn't help all the time but if I don't it gets really bad is like if I can give you the whole world just for my migraine to go away I will I wish it cud just leave me for good just like my girlfriend did it sucks,,,,
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
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