Topic for #MigraineAwarenesMonth Day 7 is: How does naming your migraine attacks help you cope? I’ve had migraines since I was 4, I am now 41. The migraines came almost daily until I was 30. I get many different kinds and didn’t notice how ridiculous all the names I’ve made up for them are until today. The names are complicated a little by the fact that I also have names to describe the complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) that I have on my right side. Of course, this was caused by the constant migraines.

My migraine names mostly serve to help me communicate to my husband what I’m experiencing, how bad it is, how long it might last, and if I might need help. Now that I think about it, these are really important functions! I can’t take triptans anymore so my abortive treatments are limited. My treatment options only vary slightly between these migraine types.

Here’s some of my migraine types:

  • THE EXPLODING EYEBALL (self-explanatory)
  • THE MANIACAL MIGRAINE (I start running around the house cleaning etc. It must be for the distraction, I have no idea)
  • THE TALKIE MIGRAINE (A lot like the maniacal migraine, but I just talk way more than normal, also likely as a distraction from the pain)
  • I’M ON FIRE (when the associated CRPS is so bad that I really don’t care what the migraine is doing)
  • THE MEANIE (the pain just makes me mean, don’t even try to help)
  • THE WIPE-OUT (pain isn’t as bad as some of the others, but I’m exhausted)
  • THE CEASELESS AURA (This one has become more common as I get older. There is very little pain associated with it. I’m just dizzy, nauseous, have blurred vision, slurred speech, sometimes get stuck and can’t speak at all for a couple seconds; you know, lots of aura, less pain).
  • GAG ME (The ones that cause the REALLY bad vomiting. They cause me to vomit until there’s nothing but green bile left. I’ve found ways to stop most of these in the last 10 years or so.)
  • THE SCREAMER (I have a hard time even talking about these. Luckily, I found ways to stop most of the screamers in the last few years. Both the migraine and the CRPS pain in this instance are indescribable, and I am told that I end up in a ball screaming at a high pitch. I am also not responsive to my husband’s voice and have an irregular breathing pattern. For the most part I remember none of this because I usually lose a few minutes of my memory.)
  • THE %&!@?#! (A lot like a screamer, but never actually becomes a screamer. So unfortunately, I remember it.)

People with #Migraine and #Headache name their attacks. #MHAM #MHAMSMC