I have migraines. Generally, they’re not very severe. I know that I’m much more fortunate than a lot of people, who have to take to their beds for days. I take Imitrex, and it usually works very well. (And Imitrex is generic now. Yay!) I don’t miss much work because of them. Mine aren’t triggered by any kind of food, so I haven’t had to give anything up. I’m very fortunate.
However, fortunate is a relative term. There is some evidence that with every migraine, a bit of brain damage occurs. We are also more susceptible to stroke than the non-migraine population. Stroke runs in my family, so I have to be vigilant.
The biggest problem for me, though, is that the migraines wreck my productivity. When I have one, I can’t do anything that requires my glasses (reading or using the computer). I can’t stand the heat, so I can’t work outside. Even the TV bothers me. If the meds don’t work, I get the most relief from lying in bed on my left side in the dark. Can’t get much done that way.
The migraines are a real nuisance. And more.