Thursday, November 4, 2010

Migraine Thursday?

Hello everyone, I know today is suppose to be Thankful Thursdays but today that is hard....so maybe I am thankful that I have an outlet like this blog to talk about my feelings and educate people on Migraines. With that being said let's take a short ride on my "Debbie Downer" train for a few minutes..........
To start I saw this funny comic about a migraine pain and it is so true.....
Next up...I found this wonderful table online and I know this is small but if you would click on it, the picture will get bigger and then you can hit your "back" button to come back to my blog and finish reading.........this is important,..... The "Migraine it not" column is so true and those are things I have to deal with on a day to day basis as people perceive what I am going thru wrongly...
Here are a few more facts about this condition I would like you all to read........
Migraine is a disease, a headache is only a symptom. In the migraine, pain is caused by vasodilation in the cranial blood vessels (expansion of the blood vessels), while headache pain is caused by vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels). During a migraine, inflammation of the tissue surrounding the brain, i.e., neurogenic inflammation, exacerbates the pain. Medicine often prescribed to treat a headache, such as beta-blockers, dilate the blood vessels and therefore can make a Migraine worse.


Unlike a headache, the Migraine disease has many symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, auras (light spots), sensitivity to light and sound, numbness, difficulty in speech, and severe semihemispherical head pain. One Migraine attack alone can last for eight hours, several days, or even weeks.

And that is where I am currently friends ...on a bender....I have mentioned that the past few weeks have been hard and today was literally the 5th day in a row I have felt bad and it has worsened with each day. I wanted to call in sick everyday this week but I am taking off tomorrow for a JH charity event. I mean today I cried in the shower while I was getting ready for work for so many reasons......because I was in pain, I was sad this is happening to me, I was drained from dealing with this, and I was even sadder because I have gone thru at least $150 worth of medicine this week. You all know I do not mean to be a "downer" but every now and then I go off on a migraine post because people do NOT understand how this effects my life EVERY Single day! And what is funny is I am here at work and no I do not "look sick" in fact I am wearing a pretty cute outfit today but what people don't see is that I feel as though someone peeled the skin off my forehead and stuffed in hot coals and then sewed me back up. Graphic but true.
Friends, thanks for listening. This is a hard week and I pray all day everyday "please God let today be a good day"........

1 comment:

Carrie Richey said...

Nicole,
My friend, Ashley, follows your blog and she forwarded it to me, because I, too, am a migraine sufferer. I truly sympathize with everything you're going through. I had the first of three occipital nerve blocks yesterday- which I am praying will work. But as of right now, I'm sitting here at work, because I hate to miss work so often, complaining of my head and neck hurting. And yesterday was my birthday. As sorry as I am that you have migraines, it's nice to hear of someone else going through the same thing and understanding. Hope you get to feeling better!
Carrie

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