Hello, my loves! I haven’t mentioned this once in any of my blogs, but I have chronic migraines. There are a lot of migraine myths floating around. However, this is why this post was written: to dispel those myths.
Table of Contents
- Migraine Myth #1: A migraine is a bad headache
- Migraine Myth #2: Advil or paracetamol will cure a migraine (aka migraines aren’t serious)
- Migraine Myth #3: A special diet can cure migraines
- Migraine Myth #4: Everyone has the same kind of migraine
- Migraine Myth #5: Migraines are over quickly
- Migraine Myth #6: People only have one migraine
- Migraine Myth #7: Migraines happen out of the blue
Migraine Myth #1: A migraine is a bad headache
When I get migraines, I need to take my as-needed medication and hide in a silent, dark room. Some of the symptoms when I get migraines are:
- Really strong, pulsating pain (heat-induced migraine)
- Dull ache (normal hormone-induced migraine)
- Nausea (both)
- Increased sensitivity to sound and light (both)
- Pain on one side (normal migraine)
- Aura (mine is similar to a white vignette in a photo)
Sometimes when I get a migraine it comes out of nowhere. The migraines that bodyslam me out of nowhere are really bad because if I am doing something, then I have to stop it to take my medication and lie down in a dark room. I have had to go home early because of migraines.
Migraine Myth #2: Advil or paracetamol will cure a migraine (aka migraines aren’t serious)
Before I was properly diagnosed, I was ingesting half a bottle of Advil/Tylenol before the pain would even stop. I am now taking a triptan and an NSAID for pain management when it comes to my own migraines. Not taking care of migraines as soon as they start can lead to debilitating side effects. Also, it can lead to chronic migraines, which is what I unfortunately have.
There are other preventative medications for migraines as well. I have taken topiramate for a while before stopping (it made my hands tingly), and propanolol (which didn’t do anything). There are also injections for migraines, and people have even started using Botox to control their migraines.
Migraine Myth #3: A special diet can cure migraines
It can be very hard to pinpoint the cause of migraines. If you eat a variety of foods, it can be even harder to pinpoint. Keeping a food diary is the only way to pinpoint food and drink triggers, but even that can be difficult. Of course, some people can control their migraine by staying away from certain foods or certain beverages, but for me, it’s not that easy.
Migraine Myth #4: Everyone has the same kind of migraine
Everybody who has migraines has different types of migraines. Some people have an aura. Auras are symptoms that come before a migraine. Some people don’t have auras and are completely blindsided. Symptoms for each person suffering from migraines vary as well. My symptoms are not going to be the same as someone else who is also suffering from migraines.
Migraine Myth #5: Migraines are over quickly
It takes me a good 24 to 72 hours to recover from a migraine attack. However, it can take people a week to recover from migraines, or shorter. Recovering from migraines takes a lot out of a person, physically and mentally. Don’t forget the side effects of all the medication we have to take as well.
Migraine Myth #6: People only have one migraine
Migraines can be chronic, which is what I have. I was having migraine symptoms for a good chunk of a month before my current migraine regimen. Not everyone is lucky enough to suffer one migraine in their life and never again. Some get migraines once in a while, but others aren’t so lucky and get migraines quite frequently.
Migraine Myth #7: Migraines happen out of the blue
Migraines can have triggers. Some people get migraines from certain foods (especially foods with triptans, such as cheese), and some people get migraines from certain beverages (such as wine). Some people have heat-induced migraines when they stand out in the sun for too long. Everyone is different when it comes to their migraine triggers.
You can find more of my lifestyle post here.
What migraine myths did you believe or you have heard?