My Migraine Episode

On the week of August 27th, I had to be sent to the Emergency Room because of a terrible headache. It started with my vision. I was seeing these indescribable dots meandering in my eyes. Everywhere I looked, the white dots were visible and at first I thought I was going blind or there was something wrong with my eyeglasses. After about 10 minutes or so, I started having a massive headache, feeling nauseous. I tried to sleep the headache off, but it still would not work. My brother took my temperature, and it was lower than normal; 92.4F. After about an hour of going back and forth to the bathroom and the bedroom, feeling like I need to vomit,  I told my mother that I need to go to the hospital because I could not take the headache anymore.

Standing up was not an easy concept my body could endure at this point. Everything was in circular motion and I kept having the feeling that I was going to tumble down at any second.  When I was in the Emergency Room, the nurse gave me three shots to subside the migraine and make me fall asleep.

After getting checked by the doctor, he concluded that it was  migraine with aura and vertigo (spinning sensation).  My primary doctor gave me SUMAtriptan (IMITREX) to relieve any occurring migraines I may have in the future.  The doctor also gave me a list that may have aggravated the migraine:

In food:

avocado, bananas, beans, chocolate, citrus fruits, diet sodas, doughnuts, excessive caffeine, garlic, hot fresh breads, monosodium glutamate, Nutrasweet, nuts, onions, pea pods, peanut butter, pickles, fermented or marinated foods, pizza raised coffee cakes, seeds vinegar.

Cheese & Dairy

Blue, brie, camembert, cheddar, stilton, sour cream yogurt

Processed Meats & Fish

bacon, bologna, chicken livers, ham, herring, hot dogs Pork, salami sausage

Other Factors

Personal:

Emotional Stress, Irregular Meals, Irregular Sleep Patterns, Lack of Regular Exercise, Smoking

Environmental:

Pollution, Smog, Noise, High altitude, Rapid Changes, Sunlight, Tobacco Smoke, Fumes

 

Migraines are a type of headache that can cause recurring attacks of throbbing pain. They are a common type of headache in children. During childhood boys and girls are affected equally. However, during the teenage years, migraines are more common in girls.

The exact cause of migraines is unknown. It’s thought that they may be caused by changes to the nerves and the balance of certain chemicals in the brain. Stress, certain medications, smoking, alcohol use, bright lights, loud noises, diet changes, hormone changes, menstruation, changes in sleep patterns, smells, and changes in the weather may trigger an attack.

An aura is a warning sign that may appear 20 minutes to an hour before a migraine. An aura is a disturbance in sight, sound, speech, or taste. Most auras that occur before a migraine affect vision. Seeing wavy lines, dots, flashing lights, or blind spots is common. An aura may also include tingling in one arm or leg, speech problems, ringing in ears, and a strange taste in the mouth. The main symptom of a migraine is moderate to severe throbbing pain. The pain is usually felt on both sides of the head.

 

After a few weeks, I have tried having a healthier diet, having a better sleep cycle, and exercising more, which has diminished the possibility of having a migraine.  When I do have a migraine, usually comes with aura,  taking Imitrex has helped subside the migraine.

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