Do you get migraines? How about headaches? If you do get migraines, then you likely know that a migraine is much more than a really bad headache.
I didn’t know much at all about migraines until about 10 years ago. And yet, I’ve been having migraines since I was 16, likely even younger. Sounds weird, doesn’t it?
I’ve written about migraines before, and even tried to define a migraine. It’s interesting when you search the web the answers you get. Some say that it must be a throbbing headache. Others say that it must be one-sided. Another listed a number of symptoms – such as light sensitivity and increase pain on exertion – that all have to be present. Near as I can tell, there really isn’t a good definition out there. Or perhaps the migraine is just too complex to be categorized?
Never-the-less, about ten years ago I was told that the head pain I had was a migraine. And apparently I’ve been having them for years and years. For a long time I thought I had the first one at age 16. But looking back, I may have had some before that.
Migraines are often memorable events. And not in a good way. They bring on more than head pain. There’s a weird feeling I get that’s hard to describe. It’s related to the fact that all your neurons are firing in weird and rapid ways. Something that only happens with a migraine, not a headache.
It really did surprise me to learn that I had been experiencing migraines for all those years. I hadn’t ever seen a doctor for them until 2002. It just didn’t seem necessary. I thought they were headaches and I typically knew what triggered them.