I spent my entire day yesterday trying to cope with a migraine. It started just as I woke up and looked at my clock. Hmm... couldn't see the face of the clock. Stretch... Adjust... look again, fuzzy right down the middle. Panic sets in.
I get an aura with my migraines, and though I am grateful for the warning so I can get medicine as quickly as possible, it literally causes a panic attack the moment I recognize it. For any who may not know what an aura is, it starts similar to when you look at too bright of a light. There is just a spot in the middle of your vision. However, the tiny spot grows and expands into lines of what seem to be flashing lights in the middle of your line of vision. They grow and move out into your peripheral vision until they disappear. It is truly a disturbing experience all by itself, but for me, in addition, I know that my head is about to take on a blow that feels like a backpack full of bricks as well. So, instead of just an annoying disturbance, I feel PANIC.
So, I go down the stairs, grab Excedrin, then remember, "CRAP!!! I can only take Tylenol!" Excedrin has aspirin in it and, you guessed it, thats off limits with pregnancy. URG. I take my tylenol fully realizing that it won't do a darn thing, then sulkingly make my way back to bed. I told my husband I was getting a migraine, and put a pillow over my head to try to ignore anything else that might happen that morning.
The worst part was that since I had just woken up from a good night's sleep, I couldn't fall back asleep. Instead I got to hide under my pillow and experience the full force of the experience called a migraine. Lights, sounds, smells, pretty much anything make me nauseous, and my head feel like its about to explode. . .
Once again, I know I am lucky, because most of my migraines only last between 4-6 hours. This one was no exception. About 4 hours after the start, I was able to at least pull myself out of bed to go get some breakfast. The cruel irony of my day yesterday was that I had a second episode. Mid afternoon, my vision went nuts again, and a full force blow followed soon after. Sometimes life is ironic, sometimes its just cruel.
Anyone know of any natural remedies for migraines safe during pregnancy? I've heard celery works for some people, but I really hate celery, I'm not sure I could stomach it with the nausea my migraines cause anyway. Any advice is welcome!