My experience having my first migraine.
I’ve never had a migraine in my whole life, until this past Tuesday. Tuesday was the first time I understood what the word migraine means.
I didn’t understand before when people told me they suffer from migraines because I’d never had one but now I have and it’s horrible.
It all started with a little headache when I got up to go to school. I was making breakfast & told my boyfriend that I was starting with a headache. He advised me that it might help if I took an Advil before leaving and of course, I didn’t. I honestly don’t know if it would’ve helped.
That little headache escalated quickly. My drive to school was horrible, the brightness from outdoors was making it worse & I couldn’t have the volume on the radio up high.
It started on the left side of my head and as it was getting worse it moved to the right.
When I got to school, the pain stopped a little bit so I could listen & focus as the teacher was talking.
After lunch, that’s when I really couldn’t bare the pain anymore. I even felt sick to my stomach.
The pain came back and that’s when it changed sides of my head. I was able to tolerate it for an hour or so. I sat in class trying not to vomit, trying to focus on what my teacher was saying but after a while it got to be too much. I was 99.9% sure I was going to puke. I went to the bathroom in case but nothing came out. I walked back to class, packed my stuff and left for home.
Even the ride back was unbearable. I just wanted to stop the pain and go to bed. I finally got home, after what seemed like a 2 hour drive (it was only 45mins) and crawled in bed. I took Advil and went to sleep.
The pain never even went away. The Advil didn’t help, I think sleep is what helped it. I’m sure the painkillers helped a little bit but I still felt like the migraine wasn’t going away.
I remember thinking to myself as I was laying in bed that day: I would’ve 100% prefered to have caught the flu instead of laying there in so much pain.
The next day, I wasn’t in pain but I was feeling foggy. It was such a weird experience and I hope I never have to live through that again.
I went to school the next day and a classmate of mine asked me how I felt. She didn’t know I left because I had a migraine but she’d noticed I’d left early the day before. She asked me if I was stressed.
I knew that, yes I was & that must have been why I got the migraine. I told her that I didn’t feel stressed but my body knew I was.
Through the years, one thing that I realized about my body, is that it will tell me when it needs a break. Being in school & studying all the time, always learning new material is hard on the brain. All my brain needed was a day to not think, not learn, not do anything because after that day, I was fine.
Stress symptoms show up in our lives in the strangest ways and all we have to do is listen. Our body knows best, it’s the only place we have to live so we need to listen to it.
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