Migraines can feel like the end of the world. Or they can make you wish for it. The pain they cause can be indescribable, but we sometimes try just the same. We recently asked our fellow migraine sufferers to tell us what their migraines feel like. We share some of their thoughts with you here.
With answers ranging from being unable to move and get out of bed, to feeling completely unlike themselves – many mentioned their struggle with functioning under the impact of their migraines. Being unable to attend family functions, work, or nights out with friends are just a few ways that migraines affect our daily lives.
2. OUT OF CONTROL
Living with migraines leaves many feeling as though they have no control. They are unable to determine when one will come on, and are unable to assess just how long it will last. Losing control and essentially being forced to hand it over to your illness is extremely frustrating. It’s a struggle that leaves many with anxiety and other symptoms, all side effects of managing life with so much pain.
3. THE BRAIN
The number of responses indicating what a migraine feels like it is doing to the brain reflects how devastating they can be. We received answers such as, “Feels like my brain is going to explode out of my skull,” and “Like someone stabbing my brain over and over again,” clearly express the impact of the pain. It’s awful – and we can relate.
A migraine can feel like you’re being stabbed in the eye. It can feel like you were just hit by a truck. Like your head is going to explode. Like an internal hurricane. A never-ending amount of the descriptions we received were violent in detail, from weapons like icepicks and sledgehammers, to screws, nails, daggers and baseball bats. The pain caused by a migraine conjures up violent imagery, of which there is no end in sight.
Migraines, for many, are a reminder that self-care is required. Several thoughtful commenters gave indication that when the pain starts it is a sign that they need to go curl up in bed. They recognize the importance of hiding from all stimuli, and finding a cocoon of protection for themselves. Self-care is always important, but perhaps is needed more than ever when in the midst of migraine pain.