Do you get migraines? If so, do you find that you have a hard time focusing?

@brokentia (10396)
United States
January 13, 2007 8:26pm CST
I don't mean focusing as vision...of course, that can happen too. But I am meaning trying to form your thoughts or even speak. Sometimes I stumble over my words and have a hard time communicating what I want to say. It gets frustrating and I am just wondering if there are other people that have this problem too...as I know I have read this is normal for some migraine suffers. And if yes, how do you handle it? Or do you just have to wait for the migraine to pass to gain control again?
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@sunshinecup (7881)
14 Jan 07
Oh my yes! Before they even come on completely my eye sight gets a bit distorted. It's like there is a hazy ball directly in my center vision. When this happens I know to start hitting the Alieve fast. Then it's close my self up in my dark bed room and try to fall asleep before the worse kicks in. They are awful aren't they? I had a friend just tell me a week ago she gets them and putting an ice pack on her neck really helps with hers. I have had one since she told me, but you can bet I will give it a try.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I tried coldness once and it made it worse! Wow! It just got to the point with coolness that I about lost it. I have found that only a heating pad or a hot shower beating on my head helps.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
The cold makes mine worse too. I have to use a hot washcloth on my face and I do take a hot shower.
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@shmeedia (1045)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
i'm the same way about the showers.... though i can't use a very hot one. somewhere in between is just right. i think extreme cold or heat actually makes my migraines worse. but taking a shower does help - during the shower - but when i get out, the migraine is still there :(
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• United States
14 Jan 07
When I have migranes its horrible. I have to stay in the dark or spend most of the day with my eyes closed. I get dizzy spells when I sit up for too long of if i try to stand or walk. The focusing part doesnt even come into play due to me not being able to open my eyes. I dont get them very often but when I do , its horrid...
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• Philippines
14 Jan 07
We have the same story, i also spend most of the day in the dark if my migraine attacks, and i have to be covered in blankets just to make me sweat, by tha i can be ok after sometime.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
Yes, I do get migranes...A whole lot, and I hate them, and I do find it hard to concentrate, because everytime I try to focus on something I need to get done, It only makes my head hurt, and ache worse, and I have even had it to the point of where I have had A migrane so bad, I could get out of bed, Because I would get dizzy, or A few times I have had A migrane so bad that I winded up puking blood, I hate them.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
14 Jan 07
If you puke blood again, please see a doctor! That is not a good sign!!!
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• United States
15 Jan 07
I know it's not, But I am not even sure if anyone would be willing to take me, And I don't have A driver's license, But yes. I have had migranes that bad, and I totally despise them.
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@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
14 Sep 07
Goodness! If you suddenly start puking blood, and you have no transportation to see a doctor for it, you might want to get to the ER in an ambulance! That is NOT good!
• United States
14 Jan 07
Yes this happen to mee also then I also have the whole virtigo thing when I have a bad migraine. I loose my balance, congnative thinking, and optical focus, not even to mention the whole depth preception thing. But mine are caused by a head injury so they are trama induced migraines not the normal migraines. To deal with them I usually take my meds and try to go to sleep, that is if the bed does not spin on mee, then I just wait for the meds to kick in and pass out or try to ride it out the best I can! Thank you for the discussion since I thought the cognative thought thing was just mee but now I know that it is not. HAve a great day!!
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I am having a really hard time focusing today and processing my words. So I know I will not get much done on myLot until it is gone. :(
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• United States
14 Jan 07
I am so sorry that you are having one of your bad days, I wish there was something that I could do. Get your quota done and try to rest Tia, as a good friend told mee, "Hopefully it will be better tomorrow!!" Get some rest!!
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• Melbourne, Florida
14 Jan 07
I loose my perephial vision. Also called tunnel vision. This only happens in the very beginning and my vision usually clears within 30 minutes, but then the vomiting starts.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I've had those too! The tunnel vision is very annoying!!!!
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@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
14 Jan 07
yes i do find it hard to concentrate. i take a hot bath, as my mom told me to do this takes the blood away from the head and eases the pain then i just lay down in a dark room. hope you feel better.
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@korek222 (703)
• Poland
14 Jan 07
you lucky - whjen i got migraine i hardly got time to take a bath so i'm not able to use your perfect cure to take blood out of the head and ease the pain :( actually since i work i cant also lay down in a dark room :)
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• United States
14 Jan 07
Hopefully this is something that you and your doctor are discussing. Although this is a wonderful format for some issues and advice, other than you, only your doctor knows you as well. There are many different types of migraine meds available - mine are Rx - but since I have started taking Topamax the number of attacks I have has dropped significantly. Mine are absolutely blinding, with no tolerance for light or noise of any kind. I've also had them wake me up in the middle of the night. For this type I have an injection prescribed. Whatever you do, no matter how well-meaning your friends may be - never take any of their meds. If you have not yet seen a doctor, Excedrin and Aleve both make OTC migraine meds that should get you through until you are able to get an appointment. ~Donna
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
14 Jan 07
That is some really great advice. But I no longer see a doctor to try to manage the pain. They have not been able to give me any meds that work. The meds result in a rebound headache, a stiff and painful neck, making me sick or making me pass out. So I have given up on seeking medical help. I have had them since 7 yrs old and they get worse as I get older. But I have learned how to function with most of them....through the pain. Years of practice.
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@xkaraix (596)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
yes its terrible I constantly get stress headaches/migraines at work and it makes it near impossible to concentrate. I generally have to go home and got to sleep it seems the only thing that will help, pain killers do nothing for them.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
I have this problem when my migrain gets real bad. I can not concentrate on anything. I have no choice but to wait it out and deal with it when my migrain has gone or at least has eased up. My children even know now that when I have one of these migraines they are not to even ask a question. I to get frustrated and have learned that this just makes the migrain that much worse.
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@shmeedia (1045)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
yes this happens to me too :( i'm really lucky i don't drive a car because i would be scared of a migraine arriving just then, and then losing control of the car!!! for me, i usually just have to let the migraine pass. mine are normally very sharp and quick, so they go away fast. but sometimes i get the kind that last for hours, and the only thing that helps is a double-dose of advil. tylenol won't do a thing for my migraines, but advil is an anti-inflammatory, so i guess it takes down the ...hmm...is there swelling with migraines? lol
• India
14 Jan 07
i am prone to the same.when i get hit by the migrane i get irretated by light and severe headache.teh dust and oily food also hits me for the migrane. but good painkillers or migraine pill do their job in an hour or so. normally i am more prone in summers.i use to have a good sleep if i am able to have at that time when at home.
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I absolutely have trouble focusing on things when I have a migraine. I can not concentrate or stay alert on the things that I am working on either at home or at work. Migraines messes up my thinking process big time. I usually need to lay down for a little while and/or take tylenol or advil to relieve my migraines. It is difficult for me to accomplish anything while my head is bothering me.
@villageanne (8555)
• United States
14 Jan 07
This is a subject that I am getting to be an expert at. I have had a headache 24-7 since 1986. I have to go to the ER quite frequently. Most people think once or twice a month is alot but I would be happy with only once or twice a month. Yes, the pain can and will make it hard or impossible to think or to move your body as you normally do. Sometimes I cant even walk or talk. My husband carries me to the car and gets a wheel chair at the hospital. I have learned to live with it as much as is possible. I no longer have a normal life. I hate it but do try to not get too depressed.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
14 Jan 07
You sound like me. With the exception of going to the hospital and husband carrying me to the car. Well...I don't have a husband...and I don't like doctors anymore. They never give me anything to help. And I wish I were a person that had them only once or twice a month. For me, it is like I get a day off here or there and some days the pain is not as bad as others. Sometimes people will ask me if it is another migraine and I will just have to tell them, no, it is the same one! So, I know how you feel!!!! You do learn to live and function through the pain when it is not at its worst.
• United States
14 Jan 07
I suffered for years. I missed work because of the pain and had to leave work so many times. I was like you. I had given up on Dr's then I found a neorologist that listened to me. She really listened and together we are working on it. I spent seveal years where I was in bed more than I was up. I want a normal life so bad. It has reached the point that I throw up and dont stop. I need surgery and the surgeon refuses to do surgery till I get the throwing up under control. It is from the pain. My throat is sore all the time - all the way down into my chest. My body is using everything that it has to deal with the pain that I have nothing left to fight with.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
Sometimes, just knowing that you are not the only one in this situation helps. My neorologist is a 3 hour drive from my home. I go to WVU.
@dazediva (166)
13 Mar 07
Migraines are just a painful process for me. For the past few years, the migraines tend to kick in just above / behind my left eye and when that happens I'm a goner :( It's very difficult to focus on anything, even if it is just to reach over to grab tablets. My breathing becomes quite heavy, almost like I lose my breath when trying to speak. To handle the migraines, I found 'Tiger Oil' or 'Tiger Balm' to be really helpful. It cools the body down to a normal temperature and keeps the forehead even cooler. Have also been having fresh lemonade (water and half a lemon) with some 'red salt' or coke with this red salt. There is a heated salt jelly pack that is available in the market, and that works pretty well too.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
14 Mar 07
What is red salt?
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Poor you, that sounds really terrible. I get headaches but not that bad as you. Good luck coping with those migraines, you'll be fine somehow.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
17 Jan 07
When engulfed in the heat of the moment of a migraine sometimes, one does not often think that one will be fine. LOL But thank you. You are right...with time, it will get better. Until then, I am very happy to pop pills. LOL
• United States
14 Jan 07
I suffer from migraines on a daily basis. The doctors told me there is nothing they can do beyond a risky operation...the operation has a 50/50 chance on putting me in a wheelchair for the rest of my life...They say I have disk out in my back and a small tumor on my brain that is why the migraines...I plan on living out my life to the best of my ability...I have learned just to deal with them and when they get bad to shut all lights off and stay in darkness until they pass
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Wow! That would be a tough discision for me to make! After being in pain for so long, I wonder if I would opt for the surgery anyways. My heart goes out to you. As I too have them nearly everyday!
@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
14 Jan 07
i too have migraines. i have suffered with them for the last 32 years. when i get a really severe one, like you, i can't seem to form the words right, and can't think straight. Most of the time, i just have to load myself up with pain pills so that i can go to sleep and try to sleep it off..so many times i just want to cry with a migraine, but i know if i do it will just make it worse. they are terrible, aren't they?
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I say the same thing!!! I can't cry because I know it will just make it worse! But there are times that it already hurts to its max, that I end up crying in the shower anyways.
• Canada
6 Mar 07
I've been getting migraines for over 40 years now. Thankfully I don't get them as often as I used to, but they can still be pretty bad. When I do get them I also have problems with my vision, and things going out of focus, and sort of like seeing stars or lights or something. I often find myself having a hard time focusing and even the slightest bit of noise will upset me and make it worse, along with the light.
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I got migraines all the time when I was younger. They affected almost everything in my life when I had one. I'd throw up violently, could hardly see and the pain was terrible. When I had a migraine I couldn't focus on anything that was going on at the time.
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@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
19 Jan 07
Yeah I get migraines. The first one I got was at school. It was horrible. I couldn't read due to the throbbing in my head! They let me go home and I was out like a light. I will never forget that first horrible experience!
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