Hey guys, so it's officially migraine awareness week and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to discuss a few of the biggest issues that come with having migraines. Therefore, this week I am going to attempt (emphasis on attempt! I do work a full time job, but I will try my best!) to create a few extra posts on different things that I think can have the biggest effect on your life living with migraines.
Today I want to talk about the lack of knowledge and understanding of migraines. Now, for me growing up this was a huge issue (especially at school), as usually when you say you have a migraine many people will say something along the lines of 'oh isn't that just a bad headache', which any fellow sufferers out there will definitely know that is not the case.
Describing a migraine isn't that easy as there are actually quite a few different ones out there that you can have, such as:
Common Migraine - this is a standard migraine and consists of severe head pain (usually located on either the left or right side of your head that throbs or pulsates), nausea, vomiting and in some cases the dreaded diarrhoea. Sensitivity to light and loud noises is also common and is something that I experience as well. These symptoms can last anywhere between 4 hours to 3 days (yes 3 days! Trust me if you make it to 3 days I feel your pain, as those are some dark days).
Abdominal Migraine - this one (as far as I am aware) is most common in children, that's actually when I had them and it consists of stomach pain along with feeling nauseous, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Chronic Migraine - this one is all the symptoms of a Common Migraine, but if you suffer with these symptoms for more than 15 days in any given month it is then classed as Chronic Migraines. I mostly experienced this during my teen years.
Migraines and Vertigo - ergh, this one in my opinion really is one of the worst that I've experienced (they all suck, but this one in particular is awful) and I have been fortunate to only have this one a handful of times. This one includes the standard symptoms from a Common Migraine, as detailed above, along with severe dizziness (basically a sense of rotational movement, kind of like going round a roundabout consistently), a complete lack of balance (unsteady walking), impaired consciousness, double vision and in some cases pins and needles in the arms and legs.
Migraine with Aura - I've personally never experienced this one (but have heard from others how horrible this one can be) and it consists of again the same symptoms as a Common Migraine along with blind spots in your field of vision, coloured spots, flashing lights and in some severe cases temporary blindness. People can also experience a bit of vertigo (as described above) with this.
The above are the most common or the ones that I have experienced, there are actually a few more out there that are rarer cases and I wasn't aware of such as:
Menstrual Migraine (I am actually aware of this one)
Migraine with Brainstem Aura
Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome
For those of you out there that aren't aware of the different types of migraines or even if you are a sufferer and just didn't know how many different types there are, then hopefully this will help you to understand what a migraine actually is and what people go through when they experience these symptoms.
If any of you out there have anything to add or maybe you can provide some insight in to some of the types of migraines even I don't know much about, please leave a comment. Alternatively if you have any questions please either comment below or message me on Instagram @amberlucia1.
I recently shared a part of my story with the National Migraine Centre, which is now published on their website (some of you may have even ended up here due to that article). If you have not seen it as of yet and would like to read it then please visit their site via this link: https://www.nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk/migraine-story-amberjudd/.