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Navigating A Migraine's Post-Game Show

You know that incredible relief when the throbbing migraine finally gives up? It's like a breath of fresh air. But for those who dance with these relentless headaches on the regular, the battle isn't over even when the pain fades. There’s something known as a migraine’s postdrome that leaves you feeling like you've been hit by a truck.


The Migraine Hangover is a Real Thing

Imagine feeling tired, achy, dazed, and lost, much like you'd feel after a wild night out. This post-headache phase, affectionately called the "migraine hangover," is surprisingly common. A very high percantage migraine warriors experience it, as reported in Neurology. But here's the scoop: scientists are finally giving it the attention it deserves. Dr. Paul Rizzoli, the clinical director of the Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, helps us shine a light on this often-ignored part of the migraine story.


The Four Distinct Phases of a Migraine

Alright, let's talk about a classic migraine – the kind that can be absolutely brutal. We're talking about intense head-pounding pain, nausea, and hating the very thought of light and sound. These migraines strike about 16% of folks in the United States, and guess what? They're twice as likely to target women. To make things even more interesting, they're a top reason for ER visits.


A typical migraine adventure comes in four consequitive phases, each with its unique symptoms. You've got the warning signs known as the pre-pain prodrome and aura phases, complete with wacky visual changes, major irritability, speech struggles, and that tingling sensation. And then there's the headache itself – you know, that relentless drill-like sensation inside your head.


The Lingering Fog

 Now, let's talk about the unsung hero, or should we say villain, of the migraine journey: the migraine hangover. This isn't a typical hangover; it's a stubborn one, and it can stick around for one to two days. So, what's up with that? Well, it's like your brain has been through an electrical storm, zapping its energy. "Imagine your brain's circuits are drained and tired," Dr. Rizzoli says. "It takes a while for the brain to bounce back and replace what it lost."

Tackling the Migraine Hangover

For anyone who's been in the migraine hangover club, we feel you. Dr. Rizzoli suggests a few moves that might help ease the post-migraine funk:


- Keep the hydration game strong.

- Stick to your usual eating and sleeping schedule.

- Show stress the exit door.

- Take it easy for the first twenty four hours after the pain subsides.

- Once the headache is gone, give those pain meds a break.


Sometimes, when the migraine hangover sticks around and crashes your post-migraine party, docs might prescribe medications not typically used for migraines. These meds are usually meant for conditions like memory loss and seizures. But the surprising thing is that they can actually help with the post-migraine phase or even prevent future migraines.


"Picture the headache you just conquered like running a marathon," Dr. Rizzoli advises. "Your body needs a little downtime, but it doesn't mean you should be locked in a dark room. Just take it easy and stay functional."


Migraines are more than just head-pounding pain. There's this post-migraine phase that often doesn't get the attention it deserves, and understanding it is a big deal for those dealing with these heady foes. So, remember, it's all about being aware and taking care of yourself.


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