The story of my first migraine

By John Crowley Latest Activity March 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm Views 3,283 Replies 11 Likes 2

John Crowley

I was in the eighth grade. I was taking one of those standardized school district tests.

Without warning, I started seeing floating spots in my peripheral vision. These spots grew more and more intense and my vision closed down more and more.

I was literally sitting at my desk, turning my head from side to side trying to find any way to be able to read the test. At the same time, a panic was rising inside. "I'm going blind!" I thought. I was horrified. But then the pain started.

By the time the test was over, I wasn't panicked about going blind. All there was was pain. I couldn't think. I couldn't panic about anything. All I could feel was pain. My head hurt so badly that I felt nauseated.

I stumbled to the school office and called my mom.

She came and picked me up and I think I was practically asleep before I even got into my bedroom. I slept for hours and when I woke, my vision was normal again and the pain was gone.

So what about you? What's the story of your first migraine?


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  • Abt4
    Abt4 April 5, 2012 at 3:59 am   

    I was in the 7th grade. After drinking a mountain dew- i was running a mile when i saw i silver dot- my left arm went numb- and i couldnt speak correctly.

  • 1kymberli
    1kymberli March 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm   

    My first migraine was 25 yrs ago when I had my daughter. They were so bad I couldn't see her. My vision was blurred. My hearing everything sounded loud. I could smell everything. I get a bionic ability. When I get migraines. I have so many meds. I'm trying to figure out a way to catch them. I have different types of migraines sometimes in the front, top or back of my head. The one in the front i use nasal spray the one on top haven't figured it out yet the one in the back a ice back. Sometimes help. Other than still suffering.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous October 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm   

    I had minor ones as a teen. Where all I could do was sit and rock til they went away. Then my ex beat my face in with a phone and the resulting nerve damage caused them to get much worse. Now they are so bad I can't do anything and have to be medicated or they can last up to a month or more. I vomit see lights my right eye swells shut its intolerable.

  • all sport
    all sport July 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm   

    mine started right after i turned 13yrs old they started out small ones and then they started to happend at work the lights went shaky and i had to go to the backroom then here about 10yrs ago i had a migraine so bad my husband had to take me to the clinc near by i almost passed out i had to go to work that day the doctor said OH NO U DON T U R GOING HOME TOO BED AND NOT TO WORK!!!

  • marienona
    marienona June 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm   

    I got my first migraine—the one I realized was a migraine—in Sept 2007 (maybe it was '08). A friend brought over some Kroger brand migraine medicine—2 doses—to use that day and the next day. What do ya know? they work. I've notice over the last few months that I get one when my blood sugars are wigging out big time.

  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo March 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm   

    My first migraine came in first grade, but since I started throwing up I was sent home for the "stomach flu." I kept wondering why I kept getting the stomach flu so often. I missed at least two days of school per month for migraines, although I didn't know what they were until I was in high school. While sitting in a doctor's office, bored, I pulled out a brochure on migraines and read the list of symptoms. Head pain, vomiting, visual disturbances, numbness, sensitivity to light and sound… I remember being shocked and calling for my mom. "This is what I have mom!" I shouted at age 17. "I have migraines!"

  • John Crowley
    John Crowley March 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm   

    Ironically, just days after posting this about my first migraine, my son who's in 6th grade, got his first migraine. He was pretty miserable for 24 hours. But he's doing better now.

  • Jenxoxo
    Jenxoxo March 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm   

    Oh that is terrible. I'm glad to hear he is doing better. Make sure to write down what happened in his life the 24-48 hours before the migraine, like what he did and what he ate. Perhaps you can help him find his triggers early in life. Also, they are doing a lot of clinical studies now for children and teens with migraines. But the best thing you can do is to just be there for him like you were. :)

  • marienona
    marienona June 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm   

    I like your idea! sure wish I could have thought about that with my first one—but have been paying more attention the last few months.

  • marienona
    marienona June 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm   

    you could really commiserate since you knew how he was feeling!

  • juniejones
    juniejones May 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm   

    I got to school early one morning. I sat on a swing on the playground waiting for the bell. All of the sudden I got a throbbing headache at my temple, my left eye felt like it was going t pop out of my head from the pressure. It lasted about fifteeen minutes. I told everyone about it. they all said It was stress, sinus, psychosomatic… I was 14.