First Mega Migraine!
I'm worried about this. I've had migraines, occasionally, most of my life--maybe three or four per year. But nothing like what I just experienced the last week. A week ago Tuesday I had an aura--flashing lights for about two minutes in my peripheral vision of one eye. I've heard about auras preceeding migraines, but have never experienced one before. The next day, Wednesday, I felt tense and even manic all day, but not sick yet. I didn't see it at the time, but I recall I made an impossibly long to-do list and then insisted on running through it all, from dawn to dark, with grim determination. The next day, Thursday, I woke with a pounding migraine headache and nausea. The headache started at the base of my neck with throbbing pain at 4:00 am, then localized over one eye throughout the day, off and on, with throbbing. I threw up all day and into the next: couldn't keep anything down. By Saturday the nausea was gone but the early morning headache has been with me ever since. I wake up at four with throbbing pain, again, beginning at the neck (which is new in my history of migraines). I feel miserable for about the first four hours of morning, eased a bit with coffee. Then I'm ok, with minor throbbing in spurts, through much of the day. I'm trying to take as little OTC medication as possible (Tylenol) but I've tried not to take any in the morning and I just can't do it because of the pain. I wonder if it is rebound migraine now, but I don't know how to tough the pain out since I've got a career to attend to. My migraines have always been hormonal--always around my period. I'm 50 with no signs of menopause yet (regular periods still, no hot flashes, etc) but I wonder whether this super migraine signals major hormonal change due to entering menopause. I just can't account for it otherwise; I'm generally 100% healthy and fit, and there were no other obvious stressors, changes in diet, etc. to bring this on. I have--finally-- made a doctor's appointment for this afternoon. Any similar stories/advice?