The Migraine (a poem and list of surprising facts)

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The Migraine.

by John Hansen © 2014


A kaleidoscope of colours

Crashing through my brain,

Like a million daggers,

Sharp and piercing pain.


I crush the pillow to my head

To suffocate the hurt.

A moan escapes my parched dry lips,

But I try to lie inert.


Maybe if I try to read?

No, that's a hopeless cause.

My head aches more, my eyes are fogged,

I drop the book and pause.


I can't lie still, I toss and turn,

Then stagger from my bed.

What the hell is wrong with me,

This throbbing in my head?


Possibly some soothing sounds

Will help to ease the pain.

Celtic Whispers starts to play

As I recline again.


My Florence Nightingale appears

With aspirin and green tea.

I close my eyes and drift away,

The pain replaced by dreams.

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7 Surprising Facts about Migraines

  1. Migraines have been Linked to Suicide Risk: Studies have now linked migraines with an increased risk of attempted and even completed suicide.
  2. Your Medications Could be Making Migraines Worse: Too-frequent use of painkillers such as paracetamol can result in what's known as "medication-overuse headaches".
  3. Lightning and Migraine Can Strike Together: A study of migraine sufferers found that the risk of migraine increased significantly on days when there was lightning nearby.
  4. Migraines Can Lead to Other Serious Health Problems: People who get migraines have an increased risk of stroke and heart attack when compared with the general population.
  5. Sexual Activity Can Trigger Migraines: Intense physical exertion, including sexual activity, and sometimes even just arousal can actually cause a migraine.
  6. Migraines Can Be Worse on Windy Days: Researchers have found an increased risk of migraine on days preceding chinook winds and on days when the winds exceeded 23 miles an hour.
  7. A Drop in Stress Level Can Cause a Migraine: Research has found a 20% higher risk of migraines after someone's mood changed from sad or nervous to happy or relaxed due to a sudden drop in hormones.

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Yikes, reading your words here, I believe I can relate to how my son has felt since this past weekend after having had an axe bounce off a zip line and hit him on the forehead! At least it was the blunt end or I believe he might be dead! Great poem and interesting facts as to migraines. Up and more and sharing. Off to bed I go ... Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow Faith you got to this one quick. God must have been watching over your son to make sure it was only the blunt end of the axe, but I can only imagine what a headache he must have. Ok, off to bed and sleep well.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I have had these sorts of migraines and you can't even look at the words in a book without pain! Best solution is to drink soft drink with 2 headache capsules that are dissolvable. Otherwise, you're stuck for days with it. Good poem, certainly captures the feeling well! Voted useful and thanks for sharing the migraine facts too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Suzanne. Yes they are debilitating, haven't tried the dissolvable tablets in soft drink, but if it works.....thanks for the advice, and vote up and share too.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I used to have migraines a while back the change in my lifestyle stopped those headaches more of a Mediterranean one.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ok DDE, thanks.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, I have never had a migraine and after reading this, am thankful. Your poem was intense and the rhyming was really good..Enjoyed!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Jodah, very well done I like the whole concept.. and other articles we can look up on this subject.. you explode the hub with a fantastic poem.. and then ease us into it so smoothly :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you always exploring, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem, but I hope you never have to experience a migraine.


Mklow1 2 years ago

Jodah,

Your imagery was so strong that I could feel the desperation of having a migraine. I hope that you find a solution.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Frank and your great comment. Glad you enjoyed this whole concept.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Mklow, that's a great compliment that the poem made you feel what it was like to experience a migraine. I was successful in what I wanted to convey. Have a good day.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Great and useful information for people with migraines. I am always amazed at the poet's ability to paint something so painful in such a beautiful form of writing. Good job.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I've never had one and I'm crossing my fingers as I write those words. Well done buddy; you captured the pain quite well.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MsDora, glad I succeeded in portraying the pain. Thanks for your kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Bill. Hope you never have to experience it...touch wood.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I did have a migraine a few times when my daughter was 14. lol It was horrible too. I could not stand for my feet to touch the floor, every step shot pain through my head. I went to the doctor though and brought home medicine that could kill me in an instant so I said "Hey girl you better heal thyself!" So I did. lol

Great info, very interesting. Always share and votes! (In case I ever forget to say)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I am glad you haven't had them recently Jackie. How did you heal yourself? Thanks for your kind comment and always voting up and sharing, that's sweet.


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Monis Mas 2 years ago

My husband suffers from migraines... It it a pretty awful condition.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Great poem! My father suffered from bad migraines which sometimes lasted for days and made him feel sick. His were aggravated by cheese and tomatoes.

I've had a few but fortunately not many. I often have headaches when it's thundery and also when it's really windy so that reflects what you say above. I was scared when my first migraine had me seeing zig-zags and flashing colours when I was trying to concentrate on an English lesson at the age of 15. As with my hay-fever (also from Dad!), it seems to recede with age. Good to know that age does have some compensations!

Marvellous hub. Your poetry is spot-on and the info is great. Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ann, I am so glad you have grown out of your migraines. Maybe you just became aware of the triggers and now know how to avoid them. They are debilitating and can be caused by different things for different people as in your father's case with cheese and tomatoes. Thanks also for the kind comments about the poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Monis, thanks for reading. Sorry to hear your husband suffers.


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starstream 2 years ago from Northern California

I discovered that my migraines have almost disappeared after using organic coconut cream oil in my coffee. I use 1-2 tablespoons daily. It is made by Tropical Traditions and purchased online by the jar!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that great advice starstream. Fellow migraine sufferers take note. Have a great day.


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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I had no idea they were worse on windy days! I also like how you used a poem to help give insight into the migraine experience - creative.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This hub contains an interesting poem and interesting facts about migraines, Jodah. The pictures are dramatic, too. I'm afraid that I am very familiar with the need to "lie inert" during a migraine attack!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Christy. The poem came to me first, then decided to expand on it with some facts about migraines.

Alicia, sorry to hear that you are a migraine sufferer. Glad you could relate though. Thanks for reading and your kind comments.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

Excellent description, but fortunately I cannot relate in a personal way since I do not suffer from migraines. By your words, though, I can imagine what they might be like.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Shanmarie, don't apologise for not suffering migraines. Feel relieved, they aren't pleasant.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hi Jodah, I'm please to say I don't get migraines but your poem and incredible images really brings it home. Nice work.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jo, I'm glad this hub worked to make people understand what it's like even if they don't suffer migraine.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very good! I never would have thought of writing a poem about a headache!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I am continually trying to think of something new to write poems about. This just popped into my head...excuse the pun. Thanks for reading and your kind comment Rebecca.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

Excellent information. I use to suffer from migraines, but apparently one of the few perks of growing older is sometimes they go away. I like the poem and the information.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Pamela. Yes a few people have said that you tend to grow out of migraines or they go away in time. That's good news I am sure for a lot of sufferers. Glad you found this enjoyable and interesting. Have a good day.


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fiftyish 2 years ago from UK & Southeast Asian Region

Summed up in a poem, well done Jodah and voted up.

I got so many migraines as youth, especially after swimming for some reason, and sometimes I just wanted to smash things because of the relentless pain. I never did, but I wanted to! It seemed that nothing or nobody could do anything to help, and it was just a case of waiting for it to pass in a darkened room.

Unfortunately, my migraines came with sessions of heavy vomiting. The doctor would say that if I'm lucky I would grow out of them. Fortunately I did, and migraines were replaced by bad headaches, but the difference was that a headache could be cured with over-the-counter pain killers, whereas nothing seemed to help with migraines.

I really feel for anyone who suffers from this truly awful condition.

Andy Aitch


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Andy, great to see a new face visiting my hubs, so welcome and thanks for your comment and vote up. You are so right, migraines are much more than a headache and can involve nausea and vomiting, anger.....fortunately most do seem to grow out of it,

my sister in law developed migraine like symptoms when she was about 42 years old and it turned out to be a brain tumor, so we need to be careful. Cheers.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Thanks Johah. I don't get migraines but your poem and incredible images really helped me to realize what Robin sometimes goes trough. Thanks


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Nadine. I tried to portray the pain that a migraine sufferer goes through. I'm glad that my words and images succeeded in doing that.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I have friends who suffer from migraines on occasion. It is not a pleasant condition to deal with any day. Your list of reasons is fascinating, I will have to pass this on to others.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks very much teaches. Yes it is important to know the triggers but I'm sure many aren't aware of some of the different causes mentioned here.


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

Good information. I have friends who have so much trouble with migraines. I will be sure to share this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Mylindaelliott. I'm glad this hub was helpful and yes please feel free to share with friends.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I get these often--hate them--you described this so well--and I am sorry that you get them as well--I wrote a pc called A Theory About Migraines on my blog not too long ago---


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

My gosh -- this brings back memories of hours, sometimes days, of lying in bed immobilized in a darkened room, which was the only way I could get through horrible migraines. I wish I had known back then about the foods that could have helped me. Fortunately, I found that moving to the dry desert area where I am now has made a huge difference. I rarely have even minor headaches since I moved here in 1996. Great article and poem, Jodah.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sorry to hear that you suffer migraines Audrey. They are debilitating and some people think they are simply a headache! Thanks for your comment.

Phyllis, I am glad you found that moving to a dry desert area helped greatly. I wasn't aware of most of these things that can affect migraines until I researched this. Thanks for your kind comments.


Beth37 2 years ago

Jodah, I used to have daily migraines for years. My life became a routine of just trying to get imitrex. I've had them since I was 10... so bad, I would dream of driving off a cliff. I climbed the walls. Finally they found out I had too much adrenaline going to my head. I started taking a beta blocker (Inderal ER) and I was migraine free for the first time in my life. I seldom ever get them now. What a curse they were. What a blessing to be free now.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Beth, I am so glad that you found a cure. There seem to be so many levels of severity, but yours were obviously on the top of the scale as far as pain was concerned. There also seem to be multiple causes. What a blessing to be pain free. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago from Arkansas

I was searching for one of your other poems and found this one, and I'm glad I did. Only one who experiences migraines could express the torture so eloquently. Mine were caused by hormones and triggered by food allergies. My own body was allergic to itself and nothing, prescription or OTC, helped for very long. Fortunately the change of life remedied that. I relate to your Grand Rapids sculpture because I always felt like a train wreck. Twice I asked God to either relieve the migraines or take me out, so I also relate to your number 1 fact about migraines and suicides. Voted up and awesome!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow, MizBejabbers, thanks you for your kind comment and vote up. I am glad you finally got over your migraines. They must have been horrendous to effect you so badly. They can be very debilitating. Which of my other poems were you looking for, and did you find it?


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago from Arkansas

No, I haven't. It was your great analogy in a comment on Billybuc's hub about analogies. I think you said it was from a poem and I would love to read the rest. Thanks.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ok MizBejabbers, it is called Poems To Plant By: http://hubpages.com/literature/Poems-To-Plant-By


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parrster 2 years ago from Oz

Great poem. Both I and my son suffer migraines. I read this to him and we both related well to your prose. Interesting that it is a lowering of stress levels that can trigger them, I knew it had something to do with stress, but always thought it was elevating levels, not declining. Voted up and useful


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks parrster, sorry to hear that both you and your son are migraine sufferers. I was surprised to read during researching this that a decrease in stress levels could also lead to a migraine. Glad you found this useful, thanks for the vote up.


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MJennifer 2 years ago from Arizona

John, as a long-time sufferer of classical / ocular migraines, I've got to say your poem captures them! Those scintillating auras are my nemesis. I didn't realize we migraine sufferers were more prone to heart attack and stroke … as if the migraines aren't enough to contend with. I wonder what the correlation is -- perhaps it's not cause and effect, but perhaps what triggers the migraine is an unhealthy condition that contributes to cardiac and stroke issues? Things to ponder.

Best -- Mj


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the kind words MJ. you are probably right tat it is most likely a condition that contributes to heart attack and stroke as well. Like people with gum and periodontal disease also have increased risk of heart attack and clogged arteries.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Hi Jodah I have not been to your pages lately. Sorry about that. Loved your poem on a migraine. Thank goodness I do not get them. I do get headaches but its all to do with food, I think. Robin gets a migraine ( 3 times a year) if he eats a large amount of Chocolate, so he says.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

It's all good Nadine. I have had trouble commenting on everyone's hubs recently too. Thanks for finding the time to read this one. I have heard that chocolate can cause them, better suggest to Robin that he gives up the chocolate...lol.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A brilliant description of a migraine. Perfect photos to accompany your poetic genius. Thanks so much Jodah! Sharing.


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Jodah - What a great description of a migraine and pictures to add to the pain. Many relatives and friends suffer, but I am surprised at the 1 in 8. I think my daughter's migraines are from stress. I read about a woman who started watching birds to take away her pain. Gradually, she began photographing them. You captured all the feelings of the suffering. Sharing your poetic genius. Blessings Audrey


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this Audrey. Yes I think stress is a big factor in what causes migraines. Sorry to hear that your daughter suffers from them as well as other friends and relatives. I'm sure watching and photographing birds would be a good therapy too. Thanks for that interesting and kind comment also. Blessings.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi vocalcoach, I'm glad you enjoyed this poem about migraines, and the pics. Thanks for reading and sharing and your kind words.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida

Been there, done that...found myself in addiction to prescription drugs as a result ( wrote about it here)....anyone who has had one 'gets' your poem

Well said Jodah

Angels are on the way ps


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading ps, glad you can relate to this but not that you had to suffer and become addicted to prescription drug because of it. Angels back at ya'.

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