Incapacitated whenever I get a migraine

By Anonymous Latest Activity March 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm Views 5,461 Replies 34 Likes 8


My sensitivity to light and to sound is so intense whenever I get a migraine that I have only one option—I have to go to a dark QUIET room and sleep it off. That's it. Nothing else works.

Is anyone else like this? It makes so hard, my life goes on hold and I get nothing done, just sleep until it's passed.

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  • 12 and going on with life
    12 and going on with life November 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm   

    Hi im 12 years old i get migrains all the time one time i fainted on concrete and thats what caused ny migrains

  • Mr Ceeee
    Mr Ceeee November 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm   

    Hi, I'm 37. I have suffered severe migraines since I was 6. I loose my vision, the power to one side of my body and become disorientated. Just to finish it off im left with a blinding headache. Sometimes they can last for 4 hours or 2 weeks with the symptoms happening on a loop. As ive got older they have got worse but seem to happen less frequently. It is seriously affecting my work and life. When I say im experiencing a migraine its met with the attitude " it's just a bad headache" I find as you do the best way to deal with it is to sleep. Sometimes it works better than others. Dark room, no sound, sleep.

  • kitten1967
    kitten1967 June 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm   

    Yes I get that alot with my migraines

  • Spiritualintuned
    Spiritualintuned May 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm   

    I have exactly the same type of migraines. I'm still trying to figure out how to treat the migraines. I've had them for ten years. The next step the doctors told me would be botox. As of now I'm on the strongest medication. I get them daily. I understand what you go through.

  • roze tamayoro
    roze tamayoro January 13, 2013 at 8:03 am   

    I Have a severe pain :(

  • lauren1
    lauren1 September 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm   

    I tried all zoning and Triptan! Now on topiramate but suffering awful side effects! Need some advice im in the uk

  • Pugwall
    Pugwall October 8, 2012 at 10:48 am   

    In the uk too. Found sumatriptan had some weird side effects too. I'd recommend you try a few triptans to sew which one hopefully works for you. I've had luck with Rizatriptan which goes into your system very quickly as it melts on the tongue :)

  • Cerisette
    Cerisette April 14, 2012 at 4:30 am   

    Thanks to all of you for your precious advices

  • Bigtingsagwan
    Bigtingsagwan March 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm   

    Hi I'm mike 36 I get migraines and have suffered since I was 12, tried all the recommended meds from the docs and nothing seems to work, I seem to get them for several weeks consecutively and range from one to three migraines a day, I've recently been doing some deep breathing exercises which seems to help but most of all the best by far technique I've ever used is a cold compress on my shoulders I do this every time now when i get a trigger and I don't feel as much need to go to a quiet dark place, don't laugh but my compresses have ranged from paper towels, kitchen towels, flannels to socks (yes I said socks) lol when I've got a migraine i will do my best to get rid of it as meds take to long to work so i don't bother with them and I don't have to go through the nausea which is great.

  • Mommy18
    Mommy18 March 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm   

    Hi everyone, like I said l an 30 years old and I've been suffering for more then 20 years. Here is something that you should all try, but please try it for couple of weeks. Every night put one or two tablespoon on honey in a cup and add drinking water to the top and mix it well, put in next to u and go to sleep, wake up around 6 or 7 drink it and go back to bed for an hour or how ever much u want. Drink this every morning, not only it helps on migraine but also gives u soooo much energy. Take care

  • middle
    middle March 22, 2012 at 12:47 am   

    Lately I have been getting optical migraines and I know a big one is coming on. I go in a dark room, put an ice pack on my head and sleep. I take 50 mg of Paxil and it normally works. When I did imitrex if felt like my head was in a vice. Carol

  • MsAdrian
    MsAdrian March 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm   

    I was prescribed imitrix and did not like the side effects. My Dr recently prescribed maxalt and it's working for now. The side effects are similar to imitrix but not as severe.

  • JoJoNurse
    JoJoNurse March 19, 2012 at 5:45 am   

    I can't take any triptans because of cardiac side effects and ergotamine caused my tongue to swell. This doesn't leave me with much. Too much Tylenol and Advil for sure. My doc won't listen to my suggestions so what else do I do. You. Can't shop around for a new doc in Canada!

  • Mommy18
    Mommy18 February 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm   

    Thx Tessa

  • Tessa2012
    Tessa2012 January 22, 2012 at 7:33 am   

    Migraines can be such a hindrance to a productive day, i know how you feel. I'm new to this, just recently sought consult with my Pain Management Doctor/Neurologist and he prescribed me a Topamax 25mg OD every bedtime, Zomig 2.5mg as needed (max 4 doses per day). Hope this helps! :)

  • Mommy18
    Mommy18 January 24, 2012 at 2:08 am   

    I am 30 years old and I am suffering from migraines since I was 7 years old I have tried everything and nothing really works. It's killing me already. I will run to the bathroom 15 times a night. Now all I do is Pray Pray Pray

  • lilmellie
    lilmellie November 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm   

    Yep I go through the same thing and do the same thing, It is hard because when you got things to do and when a migraine comes alone, depending how bad it is I can't do it and so my day falls behind and then I have to play catch up.

  • Jennifer Bart
    Jennifer Bart August 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm   

    I have to do the same thing and I get theese headaches at least twice or more a week I cant work because of it and its ruining my life

  • Zoey36
    Zoey36 October 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm   

    Migraines are ruining my life too. They consume me! I'm down to a part-time job and I literally have trouble functioning most days. I'm at my ropes end. Any suggestions?? Help would be greatly appreciated.

  • peace13
    peace13 May 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm   

    I have to do the same thing my room at home has no windows which is so nice with a migraine
    my vision also starts to go before a migraine i either see spots,flashes, or zig zags
    the day after a migraine I am in a fog and cant focus on anything

  • pushygab
    pushygab May 14, 2011 at 6:57 am   

    As soon as my sight starts to go I quickly make a carrot/celery and apple juice. Drink it down and go to bed, within half an hour I can get up again.. I have only a slight headache for the rest of the day, no tablets usually. Make sure you eat regularly, and eat all food groups. All the best.

  • middle
    middle March 22, 2012 at 12:49 am   

    Great info- I haven't tried that.

  • Jennifer Bart
    Jennifer Bart August 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm   

    great tip I will try it myself see if it helps I have actully lost my site and everything is all blurry I never thought of this but it makes since to me why it would help

  • peace13
    peace13 June 24, 2011 at 1:11 am   

    Ill have to try that! Im afraid to drive because my vision gets sooo bad with a migraine I have blacked out or lost all my vision a few times at the wheel before so i rarely drive anymore

  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo May 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm   

    Wow! That is interesting.

  • pushygab
    pushygab June 23, 2011 at 10:18 am   

    Interesting and true. I discovered that food has an affect whilst at school.
    One day I had a bad attack, I started going blind, my teacher at the time suggest that I eat something, and sit outside and rest. I forced myself to eat, and can you believe it, my sight was restored in less time to what was usual, and although I was still ill, I had noticed that in the long term my headache improved a lot earlier than usual.
    Since then I tried many things and eventually found that if I had my vegetable juice it improved a great deal and it got rid of the blindness in half the time and the headache was not severe at all. It works on my children as well.
    But it does not work on all types of migraines, it must depend on what causes it. In my case I believe my carbohydrate levels go too low and the juice seems to build it up quickly. But if I do not eat three proper meals in a day on a regular basis then the migraines will return. Stil, the juices do work. I suggest try it. ))

  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo June 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm   

    That is awesome information!

  • karenjo501
    karenjo501 September 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm   

    Suffered Migraines for years. Finally, 5 years ago, doctor prescribed Imitrex oral tablets. Cannot believe the difference. Instead of suffering for days, it meant only a couple of hours. Still had the day-after effects of thick-head and numbness in forehead for the next 24.

  • Jennifer Bart
    Jennifer Bart August 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm   

    I just got perscribed imitrex a week ago and on top of that I take a preventaive med it works for me but the thing about imitrex is you have to take it right when you feel a headache coming on other wise it wont work

  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo May 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm   

    I call the day after a migraine "hangover."

  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo September 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm   

    Yes, this is very normal for migraine sufferers. Many of us have light sensitivity, noise sensitivity and have to just sleep it off. You might also have visual disturbances like aura and you might need to vomit several times. The next day you might feel "off" as well and have trouble doing things like reading. All part of the fun of having a migraine (sarcasm noted).

  • ImJ9
    ImJ9 June 21, 2012 at 1:58 am   

    I used to take the imitrex pills but after about 2 years they became ineffective. My doctor switched me to the injectable Imitrex and that's been working very well for me for a number of years. Nice thing about the injectable is that it works for me even if I don't do it at the very start.

  • JoJoNurse
    JoJoNurse December 30, 2011 at 11:41 am   

    I can't take imitrex it gives me chest pain. I'm stuck with Tylenol #3's and Robax and gravel and a whole lot of praying! Nothing works, sometimes they are tolerable, other times not. And them there are family members and coworkers who think you're faking!!! Gotta love that. Tired of all of it! Have trouble with pain control after surgeries now too since I'm codeine tolerant!

  • head buster
    head buster June 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm   

    Have you tried zomig? I had tightness (maybe pain) from imitex. I guess i have a high pain tolerance, or so i am told. I still use the nasal imitrex. It only works if i take it within a couple of minutes of the migraine starting. I also use the zomig and think it works better. Plus no chest tightness. Wishing everyone no more headaches!