Migraine Headache: I Don’t Know the Pain

migraineericI don’t suffer from migraines, but my wife does. Watching her twist and writhe in pain is debilitating for me. I feel her pain…kind of. Thankfully, it’s from afar. I know I couldn’t handle what she goes through. 

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 18% of women and 6% of men experience the syndrome, but ironically, few of these sufferers can describe the symptoms nor the pain they feel.


The Huffington Post describes what they go through as, “excruciating” and the people I know who live with migraines would agree with that description. It is so difficult for sufferers to verbalize their pain that Huffington Post asked their readers to submit drawings of what they feel when they experience a migraine headache. The explanations went beyond just their heads to include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to noise and light.

In short, it’s hell.

Migraine victims offered some pretty colorful descriptions of what the pain and suffering they go through feel like.

Here’s what they had to say:

“It leaves my brain feeling like a wrung out washrag.”

“I describe it like something or someone standing on a manhole cover pressing down on my head creating a vice around my head.”

“Like a hot dull nail being hammered into the right side of my head just above the temple.”

“It feels like I’m pushing my head against a pallet of bricks.”

“It feels like someone has put a bowling ball on my eye and is pressing on it.”

You get the notion. Let’s hope you never get one of those headaches.

By Eric Von


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