"I had always thought that a migraines was by definition, a headache"
Boy did that rub me the wrong way, and that is not directed at you WaterMinky....that is just one of my "hot buttons" No, migraine is not by definition a headache. Migraine is a neurological disease and can consist of different symptoms which may or may not include head pain. There are different type of migraines including some that have stomach symptoms, neurological type symtoms that affect balance, vision and the abiltiy to walk and other are more focused on head pain.
I personally, have the type that always have head pain and generally have other associated symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound and different smells.
My personality is affected probably 85% of the time, I am more tired, I am irritable before and during a migraine, I am exhausted directly after an episode or attack-this may be due to the migraine itself and partly due to the medication I take to abort the attack. I can also be very emotional, when I feel a migraine coming on I try to rush and do everything I can to make it stop before it gets here with full force and I try to prepare myself and my household and job by doing whatever needs to be done in the event that I am incapacitated for a few days, then I get very sad and whiny almost...and when I was in a relationship I wanted him to be around and take care of me and let me cry and be a brat (smile)
I think this affects everyone differently and it's good to understand where your migraineur is coming from and what they need when they aren't feeling well.
Hang in there and try to do what you can by learning what migraines are really all about and see what they really feel like to your husband.
Thanks for stopping in. post often and ask whatever questions you need to.
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