I had my first migraine headache in the first grade.

I thought I was dying.

I got to go home from school early where I laid in a dark room and cried because the pain was excruciating.  I eventually threw up and felt much better.

This cycle repeated itself a couple of times each month.  After a few years, I was put on two different types of medications that I take to this day — one to keep the headaches away, and one to take if I get one (which I still do).

Migraines suck.

I never felt lucky to get them until this week, when I saw the television footage of CBS2 reporter Serene Branson have a ‘complex migraine’ on-air that garbled her speech so badly, viewers thought she had a stroke.

You see, as bad as my headaches are, they are considered ‘common migraines,’ which are characterized by severe, throbbing headache, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.

Check, check and check.

A ‘complex migraine’ — like Serene experienced during her report — can have neurological symptoms in addition to the headache, including weakness, loss of vision, or difficulty speaking.

Serene received medical attention after her attack, and is back at work and doing fine.

How’s your head?


2 responses to “Perspective

  1. I suffer from mild migraines usually brought on by hormone changes or food. The worst one I ever got was just last September. I was down at the beach fishing with my friend. I felt a headache coming, but didn’t think it would get much worse. Before I knew it I was shaking, got nauseous, had to get into the truck (truck was on the beach) and close my eyes. We had to turn the music off and close up shop. I felt SO bad, but I had to get out of there and get some meds. My friend got me some Excederine Migraine. I felt better in about 20 minutes. I never had a migraine THAT bad before. I plan to repeat the trip but WITHOUT the migraine (I’ll bring the meds just in case!).
    I can’ imagine having a condition like Serena had! Poor thing. Glad she’s ok.

  2. Funny, I just had a knock-down migraine yesterday. ack.
    Normally, I get the lie-me-down-sleep-it-off migraines, but every once in a while, I’ll get the complex ones, that are like a knitting needle, straight through the eye into my brain. All thought processes stop, breathing halts for just a second and I feel as though my heart stops with it.

    Then it’s over, and I can move on.
    But for that moment, the planet ceases to revolve. ouch.

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