Near the end of last week - I think Thursday - a migraine attack came on strong and brought back a certain form of pain I'd gone without feeling for sometime near two years.
Racing to leave my house on time for work, I felt a sudden heat in my stomach and, without much more forewarning, vomited on the side of my car. No alcohol, no greasy food, no medication. Before I could ponder both why I felt this way and how I would clean my car off, a cluster of pain overwhelmed my head. My sides pulsated. The front and back throbbed. In a moment of déjà vu, however, I relived the worst pain.
When I first investigated the relationship between migraines and back pain, I figured somehow the same pain connected to the nerves in spine, which would cause the sensation of having a migraine in my back. Though a couple of neurologists suggested there's some truth in my hypothesis, they argue it is much more common to have cluster headaches generating such a painful effect.
The aforementioned brings me back to my original dilemma: Do I have migraines or cluster headaches? Most of my doctors said I have both. I prefer the University of Maryland Medical Center's opinion, which refers to headaches as the type of pain which derives from the typical chemical imbalance or from a migraine. That is, a migraine is a certain neurological activity that causes a head - ache.
In U of Maryland's article, migraine symptoms are listed as follows:
There are many "answers" to what exactly happened to me the other day - and it definitely wasn't the first experience - but there are many contradictory ones.
Links to Check Out
Episodes and Information Related to Migraines.