I have suffered from migraines since I was 15. (I'll never forget my first migraine, which started just after riding a tramway in Banff National Park in Canada. I didn't know then that high altitude is a common migraine trigger. Actually, I didn't know what was wrong with me and thought I was going to die.)
Although I have tried various things over the years to control/reduce them--eliminating triggers (SO many things, including hot dogs, alcohol and caffeine and, ironically, birth control pills), taking daily medications, drinking lots of water, always getting a full night's sleep, regular exercise--I still get them. . . . sometimes for no obvious reason. Even regular acupuncture and massage have not really helped.
Fortunately, more often than not, when I take medication at the first sign of a headache, I can head off a full-blown migraine. I might still feel "off," but I am able to function.
Unfortunately, yesterday was not one of those times.
I was in agony most of the day yesterday and could do little more than lie prostrate on my bed or the couch with my eyes covered and an ice pack on my head. (In addition to almost-unbearable pain, my migraines include light sensitivity and nausea, too.) The entire day, from about 10 a.m. on, was wasted; I was either lying still wishing for death, sleeping, or worshipping the porcelain god in my bathroom. I was in bed by 8:30 p.m. and asleep before 9:00.
Today I woke up feeling tired (despite over 9 hours of sleep), weak and a little dizzy. My stomach was a little iffy, but after two liters of water and some oatmeal for breakfast, it seems to be OK now. I'm still not 100%, but I am improving.
I worry about what I will do to treat my migraines if I am ever able to get pregnant. None of the medications which actually work for me (most of the time; yesterday being a notable exception) are permitted during pregnancy, and taking plain Tylenol is as useful to me as eating a couple of jelly beans, in other words, no help at all. I suppose I would have to take some type of mild narcotic, but that would leave me non-functional, as I would be too drowsy to work or drive.
I have read that some migraine sufferers don't get them during pregnancy at all, but I think that is a little too much to hope for. Despite long periods of keeping headache diaries, I have never seen a correlation between my cycle and my migraines, so I don't think they are due to hormone fluctuations. Who knows?
So that's my "news," such as it is. MM ran a fever from Friday night into Saturday evening (as high as nearly 103 at times), so we were a real pair this weekend. He seems to be recovered now, thank goodness.