Post # 1
I got my first migraine today, ever. It was awful. Just starting to calm down now with meds I got from urgent care.
I was writing a paper this morning on the computer and was having a really hard time, which is VERY odd. I almost felt dyslexic – I could see the words, but my brain would process another completely different word, even when I tried to say them out loud. It was very scary. I got a shot for the migraine, which did not work, so also put on pain meds and some steroids in case it has to do with inflammation from my awful allergies.
Just wondering if anybody else that gets migraines gets this effect? Like the words aren’t the right ones. Soooo scary. The doc said that I should go to the ER if I get loopy again like that or if the drugs don’t work. It’s just really odd since I rarely get headaches, and when I do I just drink water or some caffeine and they go away, I don’t even ever take any actual meds for them.
Post # 3
@pharmy: I’ve had migraines for years. I’ve never had that happen, but I do get confused. Words I know that I know just don’t make sense, or look wrong. Sometimes I forget simple words (like “the”). Then I know it’s time to take myself home to bed. It goes away when I start to feel better. I hope you’re feeling back to normal soon.
Post # 4
@sweetkischa: Yes, I found that I got that too. I could not remember the simplest words when trying to explain things to the doctor.
“Are you sensitive to any stimuli?”
“Yeah. Uh….the bright..things.”
“Yeah. And…*holds hands near ears*”
I felt stupid and crazy. Ugh. This is not the time; I have finals next week! Any good tips for when the meds don’t work, besides just shutting myself in a quiet, dark room and trying to sleep it off?
Post # 5
Yep, migraines can do that do you. Migraines suck.
I get that too, where all the words and letters just jumble together and trade places. This is actually the very first symptom I get with migraines, before the pain starts. When words start jumbling, I know I need to start taking drugs and get somewhere dark and quiet to try to try to prevent a full-blown migraine.
I also get to where I can’t think of simple things. For example, on the tail-end of a migraine (it was ALMOST over, I had doped myself up on Excedrine been sleeping it off for several hours) Darling Husband & I went to Chipotle to grab supper. I could hardly order my food, I couldn’t think of simple words like “black beans”, “chicken”, “cheese”. The person behind the counter probably thought I was mentally-challenged.
And sometimes I throw-up when I have a migraine too.
I hate when people around me, such as co-workers, ask if my “headache” is better when I have had to go home from work before because of a migraine. They don’t understand a migraine is a far different creature than a headache.
Post # 6
When the meds don’t work, I pull the curtains, grab a soda (non-diet) and something sweet and consume massive amounts of sugar. 🙂 It makes me feel better anyway. I like to think the sugar helps increase my seratonin levels.
Also, 3 advil liqui-gels and 2 sudafed (the good ones they keep behind the counter) but that’s usually when I can’t take my meds for whatever reason, still if I hurt enough I’ll try anything.
Post # 7
Will keep that in mind, for sure. For regular headaches I usually sip a Pepsi, so maybe that will also be beneficial if I feel one coming on.
Post # 9
I don’t get dyslexic, but it does take me extra time to read text. I feel like my processing time is slow, and the letters look out of focus, and sometimes like they are vibrating. My vision can get a bit spotty, too. Pretty similar. I also get really nauseas, light sensitive, and sound sensitive. To deal with it I drink as much water as I can without aggravating the nausea, take some excedrin (which helps a wee bit, my sister swears that taking an aspirin, two extra strength tylenol, and drinking a cup of coffee works better than taking excedrin, even though that is all the ingredients that are in excedrin), and lay down. Can’t ever sleep, though. I’ve been getting these migraines since I was kid. From what my doctor has told me, there is nothing I can do about them, and these symptoms are somewhat typical. Luckily, I only get maybe one a month. My doctor said that since I have had basically the same migraine for years, that I shouldn’t need to seek medical care for them, but to come in if they worsen significantly, or if I start experiencing really different symptoms with the migraines. Basically “yes, it’s scary, but it’s normal. Deal with it unless it gets worse!” Sigh. Let’s hope your migraine was a fluke! The migrain club is not a fun place to be.