I was at a YMCA summer camp sleepover when I had my first migraine. I got up to go to the bathroom, walked into the bathroom with it's harsh flourescent lights, and suddenly the room was swimming.
I saw floating colored lights as my vision shrunk down to a pinpoint, pain like my head had been bashed in with a rock, and then I was vomiting all over the room.
I'm assuming my parents had to come pick me up but I don't specifically remember. But I do remember telling my parents what had happened and they said "Sounds like you had a migraine".
Both my parents get them so I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.
I don't get them much anymore. Maybe once or twice a year.
But there was a period around 2008 where I was getting them several times a month to the point where I went on daily medication for it. Exercise and a less stressful job seemed to help and I haven't taken the meds for a long time.
Everyone has different triggers. A few of mine are:
- Rich, dark chocolate desserts.
- People who have recently smoked.
- Thrumming sounds when its hot.
When I get a full-blown one, I see colored lights. I get tunnel vision. Loud noises translate into a bright flash of light in my face. And its the worst pain I've ever experienced.
I wouldn't wish it on anyone.