Migraines...This Thirty-Something Moms Worst Nightmare
I started getting ocular migraines in my early twenties. If you have never experienced one, let me tell you...they are trip. The first time I had one I was convinced I was going blind. I remember calling my mom super worried...but I also remember being glad I called her because she knew what was going on immediately (Moms know everything). See, my Grandma also had ocular migraines much the same as me.
In my early migraine days it was like the 4th of July was going on in my vision. I had firecracker like halos. But that also seemed to be the only migraine symptom I had a the time. I figured, no skin off my back...I totally can handle this. Then I had my first child and I noticed the ocular portion of the migraine got more frequent. Apparently hormonal changes can cause ocular migraines to be more frequent during pregnancy. But I still didn't seem to have any of the other migraine type symptoms. Then I had my second child and I had my first full blown migraine. For those who have never experienced a migraine....Feel blessed. It's like this soul sucking event that takes you away from being a functional adult for 24-72 hours, or sometimes even longer (and I haven't even mentioned the rebound headaches yet...yep, that's a thing). By the time I got pregnant with my third child, I was experiencing migraines frequently. It seemed like with every pregnancy the migraines got worse. Again, hormonal changes. But here I am, six-month after the birth of my third child and the migraines seem like they are here to stay for a while.
That being said, I've noticed a pattern of symptoms I tend to have leading up to a migraine attack...
Exhaustion sets in: The kind where I could curl up and sleep for hours. But I usually can't because I'm chasing the kids around.
I get really cranky for no particular reason: I'm usually always apologizing to my husband for snapping at him. And I don't realize why until after the migraine attack.
Nausea: I notice I sometimes get really nauseous a day or so before the onset of a migraine.
The halo: About thirty minutes to an hour before my migraines sets in I get the halo. It used to be the firecrackers (like I mentioned above) but now my halo seems to be more of a zig-zag effect. I usually can not see out of my right eye very well while this is going on.
Numbness in my arm: I was convinced I was having a stroke the first time this happened. I was pregnant with my third child and I called my husband freaking out because my entire right arm was numb. I could not feel a thing. Turns out it is another symptom of a migraine coming on. And sure enough, thirty minutes later...boom, the migraine hit.