Hi nodisplayname! Welcome to the Healing Well forum! This place has helped me tremendously, if only because I have found people who suffer like me! It's made me "not feel crazy".LOL
You have described my migraine symptoms—the symptoms I have had for 20+ years. The first time——I was in gym class in seventh grade when it suddenly seemed like somebody had taken a flash picture right in my face. I blinked several times, and this shimmering light remained in my vision. What followed was a slow, growing headache that completely disabled me. Vomiting, hearing disturbances (WHISPERS that were on the second floor of my house were like SCREAMS) and the headache, the headache, the headache. :-(((.... It wasn't until I was 35 that a neurologist finally described "migraine" and I realized that was what I was suffering from. They last about
7-18 hours, and leave me feeling beaten up. As the headache grows, my vision slowly returns, but I am flat on my back in a dark room with a ice-cold cloth on my forehead. They occur about
twice or three times a year.
IMITREX injections. My doctor prescribed this to me and it CHANGED my life. These self-injections that I carry with me ELIMINATE the migraine. Not "decrease" it, or "lessen" it, it eliminates it. As I moved into my late-30s, my migraine symptoms changed, and I get a more complicated combination of symptoms. But, whenever I get the "classic" flash-bulb aura (as I call it), these injections have saved my life.
Maybe this would help you? Good luck, and you are in my prayers! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!!!!