We have all suffered from headaches due to stress, jaw and neck tension, sinus pressure and allergies. Even PMS, insomnia, hunger and dehydration are common causes of headaches.
What I’d like to talk about here is the worst headache ever!
I’ve suffered from typical migraine since I was 12. I was having a portrait taken with my sister and half way though the flash photography, the flash stayed in my eyes. As we left, I couldn’t get the blind spot in my eyes to go away and so I closed my eyes and laid down in the car. My left hand began to tingle and numbness set into the left side of my body including my tongue and throat. After that, I began to vomit with the worst pounding headache of my life, on the right side of my head.
My mother, a migraine sufferer herself, did the best she could at the time, putting me in a dark room and feeding me salty foods and caffeine until I finally fell to sleep. I then became what you might call a chronic migraine sufferer, having between 3 or 4 a year, or 3 or 4 a week, depending on my health and stress.
Unfortunately at the time, migraines were mysteries that no one could predict or solve. Medication for prevention and treatment have come a long, long way since then. I’ve tried basically everything that prevents migraines since my early 20’s and the invention of the triptan class of drugs allowed me out of that dark, silent room.
What I’m talking about here is the true mother of all headaches! If you feel a sudden crushing brain bashing headache that doesn’t include your normal visual aura or any of your other “normal” migraine triggers. Seek help immediately!
You could have a ruptured aneurysm, a bulge in the arteries of the brain. These bulges can rupture, and leave an area of the brain bleeding or oxygen deprived.
These arterial bulges occur in up to 5 percent of people and most of them are not migraine sufferers. Migraine sufferers may suffer an aneurysm but we actually fall within the percentage of the rest of the population. Many times aneurysms are congenital and cause no problems at all.
If ever you experience the worst mind crushing headache you’ve ever had which may include blurred vision, speech issues, memory loss, seizures, or vomiting, take this seriously.
If you suffer migraines, maintain a close and comfortable relationship with your physician and if they increase or change notify him or her immediately.
If in doubt, seek medical help immediately. This could be a life or death situation. Smoking and a family history of aneurysm increases your chances more than a history of migraines. Head trauma and previous surgery also increases you chances. Get those regular MRI’s and CT scans your doctor requests and take your health in your hands!
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