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So.. now I am a migraine snob. This morning a co-worker mentioned… - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
January 23rd, 2013
01:39 pm


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So.. now I am a migraine snob. This morning a co-worker mentioned something like 'and now I have this migraine headache' but showed no signs of it slowing him down - he didn't seem debilitated at all. And I wondered to myself if he even knows what a migraine IS. I know some people are supposed to get migraines without any other attendant symptoms like blind spots, numbness and nausea, but I have always wondered how it's determined the headaches are migraines without said other symptoms.

Having been the one with the blind spots, the auras, the numbness in fingers and lips, the nausea (and thinking, 'can I just throw up now? Throwing up means the pain will stop soon.'), the curling in a tight ball of misery, I guess I am a little defensive of people throwing the word around so easily.

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Date:January 23rd, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Yes. People misuse the word migraine all the time. It pisses me off, too. Solidarity.
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Date:January 24th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
I get headaches. I know I get headaches because they *don't* incapacitate me. If you're not incapacitated, it's just a headache. And people that call headaches "migraines" are just assholes.

My 2 cents.
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Date:January 24th, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)

Sorry, I didn't realize I wasn't logged in. The previous post regarding visual migraines was from me.
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Date:January 24th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, my migraines run a full spectrum of severity. I can tell if they're migraine-type headaches based on the associated symptoms, but NOT all of them are debilitating. For a long time, before I was on indomethacin as a prophylactic, I learned to function with almost constant migraine symptoms for weeks at a time. I would only slow down when it would "spike" and turn into an acute problem where I'd feel like knives were stabbing through my skull. That's when I'd take the sumitriptan. Still, I could get visual disturbances and sound sensitivity with only mild pain sometimes. Still a migraine, but not debilitating.

But yeah, I think a lot of people say they have migraines when they don't.
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Date:January 24th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
I get headaches. My husband gets the migraines. If he catches it early, or if I spot that little vein on the side of his temple and tells him it's there, he knows to take the migraine pill, stuff himself full of food, quit the computer, lie down with a hot washcloth on his face and it will go away bwefore it develops into a full-blown whimpery-hugging the porcelain-while dryheaving-with-closed eyes-and-breathing-hurts migraine for eight to sixteen hours. Mine are just make me scrunch up my face, be unpleasant and wear sunglasses inside--those are headaches. I am a wuss--not sure how I'd deal with actual migraines. My sympathies.
Date:February 5th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
For me there are the migrains that I catch early and medicate which on the outside look like a headache and act like a headache maybe with a bit of light sensativity, and the ones that I missed the before they hit medication window which are don't you dare turn on a light or speak more then 2 words to me or expcet me to change the angle of my head for any reason or I will cut you with a spoon
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