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Migraine Log: 1040AM, Scale 7, 2/15/12

Migraine today was after I got off the bus to go to work. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say it was a 7. It was not an intense migraine but it took away about an hour of my day. I felt nausea but I was able to control it without vomiting. The nausea today was strong for some reason.

I did not have breakfast today, I woke up and went to work. I drank a coffee, which was stronger than the coffee I have everyday. I did not experience the pain immediately. The pain started very slowly, I was confident for the most part that I could keep the pain to a 3-4 level and then to 0.

The pain started slowly, I had a banana, drank lots of warm water and ate cereal for breakfast during the migraine aura in an attempt to control it. It was too late already, I went into the break room and waited there for it to go away, I left the light on in the break room, it was a fluorescent light (I am usually very sensitive to light during the aura and the migraine) but it did not bother me for some reason in the beginning this time.

I kept telling myself that I could control it (this didn’t do anything at all, which further proves my point that telling yourself things doesn’t do anything, migraines are not mental). Eventually it crept it to a full scale 7. There was a severe pounding on my head, I became thirsty, I immediately turned off the light and sat on a couch drinking warm water. My facial muscles were tender, I touched near my eyes (which felt like it was being yanked out hard from the back) and I had physical pain on my face. 

I avoided the tapping and massage on my face until this point but then I could no longer take it. I went to the restroom to look at myself in the mirror, my eyes seemed dark, I had a tough time understanding the image in the mirror and I looked very very tired (I slept 8 hrs the night before).

I started tapping first with one hand, then both hands and random point lightly on the left side of my skull lightly pressing my head and upper eye brow area. It took about 25 mins of this and the pain slowly started to deteriorate. Once the “grip” of the migraine was gone, I took an extra 10 mins of rest to make sure the pounding wouldn’t come back. I drank the rest of my hot water and it has not returned the whole day even after staring at a computer screen. It went away fully down to a 0, with an occasional 1 during the day but back to 0 in seconds.

I did not take any pain killers today, I was able to cope with it fully. I kept breathing throughout the process, I believe the immediate intake of breakfast helped keep it at a 7. The tapping exercise definitely helped get rid of it. I do remember feeling very cold throughout the night before because my heater broke. I woke up without an alarm, I did not see a glowing screen right after waking up.

I’m posting this late at night, which means it did not reoccur throughout the day.

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