A migraine attack is intense and painful, lasting for hours or days, affecting your whole body. Everyone experiences migraines differently. Some people feel the same symptoms during each attack, or their symptoms change from one attack to the next.
Tension headaches can cause mild to moderate pain - migraines can make you feel like your head is going to split in half or explode. They can be neurologically incapacitating, involving confusion, flashing lights, numbness, slurred speech, fainting, dizziness, or vertigo. They can cause your digestive system to slow down, resulting in nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea. Migraines cause sensory changes, making you overly sensitive to light, sound, smell, or repeated movement. And the irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating can make it very difficult to lead a normal life.
Often, we fake being well so that nobody thinks we are weak – or that we have “just a headache”. Few people understand what we go through. And, while we are strong warriors, sometimes we just can't power through these attacks. Even with medicine, we may have to stop what we are doing and crawl into a dark, quiet place until it goes away.