A bad migraine is pretty horrible and can be very incapacitating. Unfortunately it is a common condition although there is marked variation in both intensity and frequency.
I suffered from migraines as a teenager and always had the feeling that they were precipitated by working in fluorescent light but never really went to the bother of proving this to myself. Fortunately for me, though, the visual aura was the worst part of it and the headache that followed was always tolerable. Fortunately too, they disappeared completely in my twenties, never to return.
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Stages of migraine
There are five distinct stages to a migraine, although not everyone goes through all the stages:
1. ‘Prodromal’ (pre-headache) stage. Some people experience changes in mood, energy levels, behaviour and appetite, and sometimes aches and pains several hours or days before an attack.
2. Aura. Some people experience a sensation, or aura, just before their migraine starts. Symptoms of aura include flashes of light or blind spots, difficulty focusing, and seeing things as if you are looking through a broken mirror. This stage normally lasts around 15 minutes to an hour.
3. Headache stage. This is usually a pulsating or throbbing pain on one side of the head. You usually have nausea or vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to bright light and loud sounds, with a strong desire to lie down in a darkened room. This stage lasts for four to 72 hours.
4. Resolution stage. Most attacks gradually fade away. Some people find the headache stops suddenly after they have been sick. Sleep often relieves the symptoms.
5. ‘Postdromal’ or recovery phase. There may be a stage of exhaustion and weakness afterwards.
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