I never really thought of myself as someone who got migraines. I just get bad headaches. Sure, when I get them I just want to lie really still in a dark, quiet room and sleep until it goes away, but I don’t get auras or nausea. But I’m starting to realize that I do get migraines, and they might be happening with a bit more frequency. Take today, for example. I felt the beginnings of what would be a “bad headache” when I got up this morning, but I didn’t do anything about it. At work, it got progressively worse, and around 10am I reached into my desk and took 2 aspirin. This put a small dent in the pain, but at lunchtime I took 2 more aspiring, and finally 2 more around 1:30pm. I was just popping aspirin like my husband eats M&Ms, but to no avail. My desk light was off as well. When I got out of work, I came straight home, took 4 aspirin and went to bed. It wasn’t so bad that I needed to pull the pillow over my head to block out every last bit of light and sound, but a 2 hour nap did help.
I’m starting to think I should talk to the doctor about this. I don’t want to have to take something every day to prevent it, because it doesn’t happen that often, but if there was something else more effective than aspirin that I could take when I feel one coming on, I’d be willing to try that – so long as the side effects aren’t equal to or worse than the migraine itself. Do you get migraines? How do you manage them?