It feels like my heart is pounding in my head.
All I want to do is throw up.
It is like being inside a big bass drum.
I just want to go into a dark room and lie down.
It feels like a hangover x 100!!
It feels like an elephant is sitting on my head, and my neck feels like it is in a vise-grip.
Have you ever seen old-time pictures of men working on the railroad? They have big hammers to get the railroad spikes into the ties. I feel like I've got one of those spikes being hammered from the inside, moving out.
Put on a baseball cap as tight as it will go. So tight you have to force it on. Now, go out in the hot sun on a 90* day and stay out there without sunglasses and squint all day long. Then, imagine you cannot remove the hat that is squeezing your head so much that it throbs and hurts to smile. Take a Tylenol or Advil and wait for it to do absolutely nothing.
Ah, migraines. What a drag. My migraines started in college during finals time, due to lots of stress and irregular sleeping. Which is an evil catch 22 because if I was stressed and had a migraine, I’d feel more stressed about having time for studying. My brother has migraines too and one of his triggers is donuts.
What to do about them? There are suggestions that every migraine sufferer might be familiar with: Keep a diary, try muscle relaxation exercises, get enough sleep-but don’t over sleep, rest and relax. Also, there’s a fairly long list of potential triggers to consider. Broken down (thanks to Mayo Clinic) it goes like this:
Foods. Certain foods appear to trigger headaches in some people. Common offenders include alcohol, especially beer and red wine; aged cheeses; chocolate; fermented, pickled or marinated foods; aspartame; overuse of caffeine; monosodium glutamate — a key ingredient in some Asian foods; certain seasonings; and many canned and processed foods. Skipping meals or fasting also can trigger migraines.
Stress. A hard week at work followed by relaxation may lead to a weekend migraine. Stress at work or home also can instigate migraines.
Sensory stimuli. Bright lights and sun glare can produce head pain. So can unusual smells — including pleasant scents, such as perfume and flowers, and unpleasant odors, such as paint thinner and secondhand smoke.
Changes in wake-sleep pattern. Either missing sleep or getting too much sleep may serve as a trigger for migraine attacks in some individuals.
Physical factors. Intense physical exertion, including sexual activity, may provoke migraines. If you're a woman with migraines, you may find that your headaches begin just before or shortly after onset of menstruation.
Changes in the environment. A change of weather, season, altitude level, barometric pressure or time zone can prompt a migraine.
Medications. Certain medications can aggravate migraines.
In considering prevention there are various actions/remedies to consider such as acupuncture, biofeedback, massages, herbs (feverfew and butterbur), vitamins and minerals. Check with your physician regarding possible solutions and if medication may be necessary.