Over the past two months I've been keeping track of my migraines. It turns out I have more "migraine days" than "normal" ones. The typical course of a migraine for my starts with feeling "off", fuzzy headed and can't think right, dizzy, more anxious than usual, heart palpitations, changes in vision, increasing sensitivity to smell, sound and light. This often stays that way for a couple days. Then it progresses to pain in my jaw and the lower side of my head, on the left. The pain isn't excruciating right away, or usually even the same day. Things usually carry on with pain at about a 4 or 5, along with the other symptoms for another couple days. Then, I often get a severe spike in pain to the point I'm literally writhing in pain and crying. I'm not really sure how long that lasts. Forever, I think, but probably no more than an hour from what I've been told. Then the pain will often subside and I'm left with just the other symptoms for a day or so. Sometimes it doesn't go away and peaks again in another day or so. After it's all done, I feel shaky, worn out and generally bad for a few days. Then, it starts all over again in a few days. Out of the past 41 days, only 12 were free of migraine symptoms. And that's about how it always is, I guess, since I haven't had an usual number of migraines. Believe it or not, all those migraine days comprised only 3 migraine events! They last for a long time, at least a week.
As for triggers, there's my period, cigarette smoke, lack of sleep, high anxiety (which is great, since I have generalized anxiety disorder) and red wine. I can't isolate any more than that. I suspect that they would happen even if I had none of those triggers.
I've tried triptans, which I can't tolerate due to the side effects. I'm currently taking ketorolac for the pain. It does absolutely nothing, so I don't know why I take it. I also have metoclopramide for the nausea, which does help. I'm also on beta blockers for the anxiety, my blood pressure and the migraines. I'm not sure if that helps the migraines, really.
So, are migraines that act this way normal? It seems like they're supposed to have quick onset rapidly become horribly painful and then be over with within a day or so. Mine...aren't like that. Though my doctor says they're migraines.