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Old 08-11-2007, 11:11 AM
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Do you feel weird the day after a migraine?

Yesterday I woke up with a bad headache that got much much worse when I tried to get up and moving. I ended up staying in my dark bedroom for approximately 22 hours, and slept for most of it. I had the light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, etc. all of the classic signs of a migraine.

The headache is gone today, but I feel very weird, like kinda dizzy and disoriented or something. This was only my second real migraine ever, and the last one was when I was 18, so I forget if I felt this way after that one. I feel so out of it that I don't know if I'll be able to go to work at 6:00 tonight.

So, migraine sufferers, do you feel weird the day after a migraine? If so, what symptoms do you experience?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-11-2007, 11:22 AM
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I've only had one migraine with a headache (I get headache-less ones fairly often), but yes, I had almost a migraine "hangover" the day afterwards. It took a full 24 hours after the migraine ended before I felt somewhat normal, as in, I felt okay to drive, my appetite came back, etc.
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Old 08-11-2007, 11:55 AM
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Yes. After a migraine leaves, I feel disconnected and punchy, like I'm not really present. Sometimes I feel fragile, like I'm made of glass, like the way you feel when you're just getting over being really ill. I don't know what else to describe it as -- really bad jet lag, maybe. It's not tired, exactly, because for me migraine recovery always involves being asleep for about 12 hours, but it's a sort of worn out feeling. For me, that feeling lasts about 6 to 8 hours. FWIW.
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Old 08-11-2007, 01:28 PM
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Oh, yes. I call it a migraine hangover, too. I would describe it as feeling kind of dissociated. It's almost like having a milder version of a migraine, but without the pain...
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Old 08-11-2007, 01:42 PM
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Yeah, the way I feel matches those descriptions very well. I still feel like crap, and I'm worried the headache will somehow come back, in fact, I can still kinda feel its presence. Or maybe I'm just paranoid. Whatever the case, if I ever have to have another migraine, it would be fine with me if I could wait another 15 years for it.
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Old 08-11-2007, 01:51 PM
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Yes. After a migraine leaves, I feel disconnected and punchy, like I'm not really present. Sometimes I feel fragile, like I'm made of glass, like the way you feel when you're just getting over being really ill. I don't know what else to describe it as -- really bad jet lag, maybe. It's not tired, exactly, because for me migraine recovery always involves being asleep for about 12 hours, but it's a sort of worn out feeling. For me, that feeling lasts about 6 to 8 hours. FWIW.
This is how I feel. Almost like I'm a shell, hollowed out... fragile. It's a very strange feeling, but definitely better than the agony of the migraine.
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:15 PM
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Yeah it happens to me too. I feel like the migrane fried my brain and it takes a bit for everything to get back to normal.
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:28 PM
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Serious question, that you don't have to answer: have you done amyl nitrate (poppers) recently? I know a lot of strippers get into using it to keep up during long shifts, and they can totally fuck with your blood pressure leading to migraine-like symptoms. Even worse, if most migraine medicines and amyl end up in your system at the same time, you could straight-up drop dead.

Be careful out there.
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:58 PM
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I've had some really violent migraines in the past (one that lasted 10 days), and have experienced the day-after effect. I think it comes with having spent so much time and energy focused on your brain pain; then, when it's over, you can step outside yourself and experience things from a different perspective. Plus total exhaustion.
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Old 08-11-2007, 04:00 PM
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Yes. After a migraine leaves, I feel disconnected and punchy, like I'm not really present. Sometimes I feel fragile, like I'm made of glass, like the way you feel when you're just getting over being really ill. I don't know what else to describe it as -- really bad jet lag, maybe. It's not tired, exactly, because for me migraine recovery always involves being asleep for about 12 hours, but it's a sort of worn out feeling. For me, that feeling lasts about 6 to 8 hours. FWIW.
Exactly.
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Old 08-11-2007, 04:05 PM
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Serious question, that you don't have to answer: have you done amyl nitrate (poppers) recently? I know a lot of strippers get into using it to keep up during long shifts, and they can totally fuck with your blood pressure leading to migraine-like symptoms. Even worse, if most migraine medicines and amyl end up in your system at the same time, you could straight-up drop dead.

Be careful out there.
I've never seen a popper in my life and I have danced in several different clubs over a span of 13 years. Where have you actually seen poppers? What city? What club? I'd be interested to know where you get your information.

[Sarcasm] Seriously, everybody knows that it's the gays who use poppers! [/Sarcasm]

If you want to ask me stripper questions then go find the 10-page thread I did about it, read all of it to see if your question has already been answered, and then fire away. I really hate to think that just because I have been open about my job people are going to bring it up in any thread I post, even totally unrelated ones such as this.

Sometimes I love this board, and sometimes I hate it. For a place that is supposedly "fighting ignorance" we sure have our fair share of presumtuous asses.

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Old 08-11-2007, 04:16 PM
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Yes... I had a three day migraine this week -monday afternoon, tuesday, wednesday and thursday morning, and felt disoriented and fragile yesterday, and just plain exhausted today. Nasty buggers. It's like looking through those wavy glass window blocks when it's at its worst. Everything is distant. I was programming for most of the week, too, and there's nothing worse than the feeling of detachment from reality - I couldn't judge if anything I was doing was actually right.
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Old 08-11-2007, 04:18 PM
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Yes, there are aftereffects. I am fortunate in that mine constitutes an energy burst and wanting to do the happy dance but I don't doubt that there are plenty of others who have the opposite.
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Old 08-11-2007, 04:34 PM
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Google "migraine postdrome." What you're experiencing is quite common.
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Old 08-11-2007, 04:34 PM
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I always feel crappy after, fragile, tired, hollow and weirdly enough, my skin is really sensitive, like warm water can feel achingly too hot.
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Old 08-11-2007, 05:13 PM
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Yes. After a migraine leaves, I feel disconnected and punchy, like I'm not really present. Sometimes I feel fragile, like I'm made of glass, like the way you feel when you're just getting over being really ill.
Yep, that's exactly how I feel. I also call it the migraine hangover.
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Old 08-11-2007, 05:34 PM
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I always equate the post-migraine hangover to the way my muscles feel the day after I do an extra hard workout. Not pain, exactly, just sore and achy and fragile.
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Old 08-12-2007, 12:19 AM
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I've never seen a popper in my life and I have danced in several different clubs over a span of 13 years. Where have you actually seen poppers? What city? What club? I'd be interested to know where you get your information.

[Sarcasm] Seriously, everybody knows that it's the gays who use poppers! [/Sarcasm]

If you want to ask me stripper questions then go find the 10-page thread I did about it, read all of it to see if your question has already been answered, and then fire away. I really hate to think that just because I have been open about my job people are going to bring it up in any thread I post, even totally unrelated ones such as this.

Sometimes I love this board, and sometimes I hate it. For a place that is supposedly "fighting ignorance" we sure have our fair share of presumtuous asses.
All right, I'm going to go out on a limb - I've done poppers with strippers in Washington, D.C. and then again in Chicago.
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:20 AM
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As a sufferer of semi-frequent migraines (typically more than one per week), I feel the same thing, and have used the "hangover" term as well. Sometimes I still have a minor headache - probably most people who haven't had a migraine would complain about how bad that headache was - and usually feel tired, out-of-sorts/not really myself, and generally just slow and weak.
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:43 AM
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I describe it as having a numb brain. The pain is gone, but a numbness remains, including a complete lack of energy. It's like your brain is relieved, but wary.
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:01 AM
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I tend to get the painless migraines -- the optical ones where my vision gets progressively covered over by a slick of colour. I certainly feel less than well immediately after an attack, and if I'm out working, I turn tail and head for home. Definitely a fragile, other-worldly feeling. Folks who see me like that say my skin goes pale, and I look "grey". Not a good scene. Usually okay the next day, though.
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Old 08-12-2007, 12:21 PM
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All right, I'm going to go out on a limb - I've done poppers with strippers in Washington, D.C. and then again in Chicago.
Oh, so you did them a couple of times with strippers and that makes you assume that I took a popper and that's why I got a migraine?

Again, just because you know something about a poster does NOT mean you get to interject that information into every thread they post, even ones completely unrelated such as this one.

To everyone else, thank you. I feel much better today.

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Old 08-12-2007, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Indygrrl
Yesterday I woke up with a bad headache that got much much worse when I tried to get up and moving. I ended up staying in my dark bedroom for approximately 22 hours, and slept for most of it. I had the light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, etc. all of the classic signs of a migraine.

The headache is gone today, but I feel very weird, like kinda dizzy and disoriented or something. This was only my second real migraine ever, and the last one was when I was 18, so I forget if I felt this way after that one. I feel so out of it that I don't know if I'll be able to go to work at 6:00 tonight.

So, migraine sufferers, do you feel weird the day after a migraine? If so, what symptoms do you experience?

Thanks in advance!

That's sounds exactly like what happens to me. Once I had a purely visual migraine and still had the next effects.
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Old 08-12-2007, 01:16 PM
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Serious question, that you don't have to answer: have you done amyl nitrate (poppers) recently? I know a lot of strippers get into using it to keep up during long shifts, and they can totally fuck with your blood pressure leading to migraine-like symptoms. Even worse, if most migraine medicines and amyl end up in your system at the same time, you could straight-up drop dead.

Be careful out there.

Alternatively..... many women get migraines around the time of their period.


Seems like a simpler explanation to me.....
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Old 08-12-2007, 01:38 PM
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Yup, I've suffered from them since my early teens. Luckily over the years they've gotten much less frequent and after I had my son back in 91, they've gone to maybe once or twice a year instead of somewhere around 2 to 25 times a month (yes, as a teenager I could count on somewhere between 1 to 5 of them a week, sometimes one every single night by the time I got home from school)!

My mom was the same way, she had them frequently as a young teen, they disappeared almost entirely when she had me, and then came back after my little sister was born 4 and a half years later (IANAD, but I think I remember there being some correlation between the headaches and female hormone stuff). Now that she's older, they're pretty much gone.

I always felt sort of "washed out" like a pale paper version of myself with zero energy or ability to even halfway think straight. But that too has diminished as I've gotten older.
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:20 PM
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Another migraine and migraine hangover sufferer here. Not unusual at all in my experience.
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Old 08-13-2007, 05:07 AM
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I get opthalmic-only migraines, with hangover. The hangover includes fatigue and anxiety.
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:41 AM
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I think of as "the aftermath", and I feel disconnected and dreamy. I sort of enjoy it, especially in comparison to how I felt during the migraine.
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:51 PM
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I think of as "the aftermath", and I feel disconnected and dreamy. I sort of enjoy it, especially in comparison to how I felt during the migraine.
This is how I feel, too. It's like a hangover, but more pleasant.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:16 PM
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I thought I was going crazy...

I'm so glad I found this page. My migraines have gotten worse since I started perimenopause and the fog the day after as well. I felt so alone with how I felt and trying to explain it to people I felt like they werd thinking I was lying. MIGRAINE HANGOVER, FUZZ, BLAHS, WHITE NOISE......SUCKS. I was laughing and crying reading everyone's posts because here was how I was feeling!!!! I'm not crazy! Well at least on this issue. Something I've found that has helped the fog is plenty of watr or Gaterade. I'M sorry we all have to deal with this. Take care!
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