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Head case

Do you suffer from migraines?  I do.  In fact,  I had one last week.

Wish I had known this!

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Next time…

My aching head

I have been taking daily meds for migraine for almost 10 years, and my headaches are under control.  In fact, I wondered just the other day  if I still really needed them.

Today I got my answer.

After a particular bumpy plane ride to Kansas City, I was not only nauseous but in the throes of a full-blown migraine.  And my meds?  They were in my checked bag.

Ouch, ouch, ouch.

Migraine Barbie’s aura might look like candy, but she and I know that it hurts like a mother.  And when I didn’t get the meds within the first 30 minutes of the headache, I just had to ride it out.  Lie in the dark and sleep it off.

Which is what I did.  Hence today’s really late post.

So, what did we learn?  Well, I do still need my meds.  I can still get air sick from time to time, too.  And probably most importantly…

Keep your damn headache pills close at hand, sister.

Perspective

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?