My Head Is Killing Me

Migraine headaches are a huge issue and affect many people. Everyone knows someone who suffers from migraine headaches; however, few people understand what makes up a migraine headache.

Migraines are most commonly broken up into four distinct sections. Everyone who has a migraine experiences all four distinct sections, however, the duration and intensity of each section can vary greatly between individuals and migraine episodes.

The prodromal syndrome (sometimes called the pre-headache) is the warning time that a migraine is lurking on the horizon. This phase is usually experienced a couple hours to even days prior to the onset of the migraine pain. When someone has experienced migraines over the years, they come to recognize the specific symptoms of the prodromal phase of their migraine. These symptoms can be quite variable and may include significant mood changes, cravings, fatigue and a host of other symptoms. When someone recognizes these pre-headache symptoms, quite often they are able to take measures that will help avert or lessen the migraine pain.

The aura phase follows the prodromal symptoms and usually lasts somewhere between 30-120 minutes. During this time frame the migraine sufferer will usually have some level of sensitivity to light, smell or taste. Usually, the aura phase is much more familiar to people than the prodromal phase, and quite often the two phases blend together so quickly the terms are used interchangeably. A migraine sufferer realizes that at this phase of their headache, the pain is most likely eminent. If someone is aware and awake at this time, it is reasonable to take their migraine medication before the pain of the headache sets in. This may help shorten the intensity or the duration of the painful phase of the migraine.

The painful phase of a migraine headache may be so debilitating that it is difficult to comprehend for those who have not experienced it. This pain quite often affects the entire body and is not just limited to the head. The intense pain usually lasts about 1-3 hours; however, quite often it may last up to 3 days. This pain may be accompanied by a host of other uncomfortable symptoms involving the entire body.

The final phase of a migraine is the postdromal (post-headache) time. After the pain is gone, the migraine lingers on for a couple hours to a few days. During this time the migraine sufferer is in a recovery phase where they might feel hung over or dazed.

I am fortunate that I am not a migraine sufferer; however, I am very close to someone who does suffer from migraine headaches. I have a relative understanding of how significantly a migraine headache can disrupt someones day to day activities.

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