Migraine Postdrome is a Drag!
My head and neck have been bothering me for the last few days, and I’ve had a Migraine that just wouldn’t quit. I was on the verge of getting an IV infusion or lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to break my current cycle when thankfully, it broke. I’m not a big fan of getting infusions or LP’s, but if one would make the pain go away, I’m all in. In any event, this Migraine left me quite “postdromy,” which is not the official term; ** postdrome** is.
This lingering Migraine attack was accompanied by a few typical symptoms, such as vomiting, phonophobia, general malaise and a new one for me - the chills. My nose was runny; I was sneezy and just plain miserable. When the headache phase finally ended, I was washed with relief thinking, enough is enough, the pain is gone for now and life can continue. You can read more about the four phases of a Migraine attack in _Anatomy of a Migraine _.
But having this longer than normal Migraine (for me) didn’t prepare me for an extended postdrome. This phase left me feeling washed out, exhausted, cranky, and achy for over 48 hours. Feeling depressed, being unable to think clearly and experiencing lower levels of concentration and/or intellect can also occur during this phase. Other Migraineurs may feel happy, joyous, full of energy and even euphoric during postdrome, although I can’t say I’ve ever experienced those symptoms.
Now that my postdrome has ended, and the sun is finally out - literally - I’ve gone over the last few days to see if I could’ve done anything differently to ease my postdrome. My sleep schedule was off due to the pain, so I was sleeping during the day, which made me stay up later than normal. The sleeplessness during the night may have been due to many things including the medication I used to try to abort the attack, and the Migraine itself. So when the next Migraine hits and they always do, I will try to pay better attention to my sleeping patterns and keep to a regular schedule. What about you? Are there things within your control that you can do to help ease your postdrome? Drop a comment below and let me know.
Nancy wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Migraine.