This post is the second part of last week’s post titled: What to do when you have a migraine? A migraine is divided into four phases and in this post will discuss the third one. You will favor from this post if you suffer from migraines or if you know somebody that has them. Understanding migraines can be difficult for both people who suffer them and those that have close interactions with people who have them. It’s interesting to note that not all people who suffer from migraines may experience all of its symptoms and some might not even attribute certain symptoms to their migraines. This post will cover the symptoms and feelings associated with the phase four of migraines.
This phase is the worst part of a migraine and is therefore called the attack phase. Migraines are not like headaches because they don’t respond well to common pain-relief medications and can last several days. So, what does it feel like? A migraine is a sharp or pulsating pain that you can feel on just one side of your head and under your eye. The pain can be so intense that concentrating can become impossible. The temple area is usually where the pain exacerbates and applying pressure to it or massaging it can cause a little relief.
However, the symptoms don’t stop there. Besides a powerful pain, your eyes get incredibly sensitive to light. Looking at bright lights or being outside under the sun causes the eyes to hurt and the pain in the head to increase. That’s why you feel like closing your eyes and may even use your hands to cover the light you’re being exposed to. Your senses of sound and smell heighten and loud noises are a source of an even greater pain. It’s normal that you may become irritable, sad and annoyed at the world around you. Regardless, those feelings don’t need to be acted upon and are not an excuse to disrespect or mistreat others.
Other associated feelings you might be familiar with are nausea and maybe even vomiting. You also feel weak and like you’re about to faint. Walking, working, driving and any simple task become incredibly complex. The pain might even extend towards the face, your neck or change sides.
Why is a migraine so hard to treat? With the use and abuse of over-the-counter pain-relief medications, they lose their efficacy because the body becomes more tolerant to the dose. Therefore, special and stronger medications are prescribed for migraines. Nonetheless, they may lose its efficacy too.
If you have been suffering them for years, then during this phase, there is very little you can do to treat a migraine. Usually, you take your medication nevertheless and try to get away from all those other activities or objects that worsen your condition.
If you don’t already do this, it can lessen the awful state you’re in. First, you need to head to a dark, quiet room, lie down on a bed and maybe take a nap. Sometimes it can become impossible to even sleep or nap because the pain is very present. If that’s the case, then try to remain relaxed, concentrate on your breathing and if you find it helpful you can listen to meditative music or sounds.
You may want to share this post, infographics and all available information you can find, with family, friends and co-workers to help them understand your behavior while having a migraine.
If you don’t have migraines and are reading this to understand somebody else’s problem, then the best thing you can do is just give them your support. It is normal that while someone is suffering from a migraine they will seek solitude, cancel plans, forget things and/or they might not even answer your phone calls. if you want to help a person who has migraines, patience and understanding are crucial.
Phase 4, the attack phase of a migraine is incredibly debilitating. The environment, people and the pain can make you stressed and overwhelmed. During this state, taking your medication and isolation can be of help. Preventing a migraine is the most effective way to avoid pain, since medications might not be helpful for you during this phase. Identifying phase one and two should be your priority. Ask for understanding and support from the people around you. Remember, you are not alone and if you need support, you can use this website to find other people with your condition.