I very rarely ever get migraines, bad headaches yes but migraines I reckon I could count on two hands in my entire life. My eldest daughter on the other hand has suffered with them since she was only months old. She has followed the same pattern since she was a baby; intense pain, darkened room, tries a dose of something to relieve but soon vomits it up and has the next dose and only then does she slip into a deep sleep that reminds me of my friend after an epileptic seizure. Over the years we have tried everything and so have many doctors. We can find no trigger or cure as such.
Well I had a horrid one the other day with blurred vision and nausea and I thought maybe a calming bath was what I needed. Just as I had stepped in the phone rang....I missed it. Just as I stepped back in my mobile rang, it was my eldest ringing for a chat. When I told her I was in the bath and what I was doing she told me to get out immediately!
The latest word she has had from a helpful pharmacist is to take off a jumper. You may not feel hot but your temperature will be slightly elevated and cooling the body helps. Well that makes sense because we always resorted to cool wet face cloths for her forehead. "So get out of that bath" she said. She has had more success with aspirin based analgesics than paracetamol based ones and the pharmacist recommended they be taken with caffeine to "push it through the gut quicker"! (If you click on the link below it is explained in medical terms)
Well I'll be! I thought caffeine would be a big steer clear but maybe it's the old adage of things in moderation. This is by no means a recommendation about drugs etc and as I work for a nephrologist, I am reluctant to advocate aspirin carte blanche but as this is a fairly common condition, I was hoping to get people talking about their experiences and tried and tested tales. There are many who mis-use the term "migraine" (second only to the mis-use of the diagnosis "flu"...come on people surely you have a cold and there is no shame in being sick with a common cold, it's hell). So lets share.