Insomnia and migraines
I'm reposting this and hopefully it will make more sense than my last attempt - i can only blame that on my post migraine hungover fug.
I had the most severe migraine I have experienced in a very long time yesterday evening through to the small hours of this morning. In fact I still have a dull ache that resurfaces every so often behind one of my eyes.
It all started last night at Church when I suddenly realised that half the minister's face had disappeared, i couldn't read out of my Bible because the first couple of letters were missing from each word and similarly so when i went to read of the screen. This was followed up with quite a severe and longlasting 'light show'. (The usual zigzagy, whirring formation that eventually blots out my vision in one eye.) I also had a weird drilling pain in the back of my head before the aura started as well as sensitivity to the lights in the Church.
Anyway, I thought nothing more of it once it was over and was able to drive home. Normally this is all I get although the doctor has given me some Triptan to use in the event of a headache. It wasn't until a couple of hours later that I started to get an ache behind one of my eyes that I chose to ignore at first, putting it down to tiredness.
The pain became more severe when I went to bed. At first I didn't want to take the triptan because they make me really drowsy and I didn't want to have to take a day off work. In the end I decided that one way or another I would not be able to go into work - I'd either lose a night's sleep due to the migraine or I'd be groggy from the drugs.
Anyway, the point of this rather long posting is to ask whether insomnia is a feature of migraine or was it the severe pain that was keeping me awake? I was also really nervey and jumpy. Is this in any way related to the migraine? Also, how do I know whether or not to take the Triptan? It was really good when I did take it. The severity of the pain was greatly reduced and I managed to sleep once I had taken it. I now think if I had taken it earlier I could have gone into work and i would have spared myself a few hours of excrutiating pain - like a pick axe to the back of an eye and a severe pain in my temple. I was even considering phoning the eye clinic if the pain did not go away. (I have Graves eye disease.)
Sorry to be such a moan. I'm just wondering if anyone with more experience of migraine would be able to answer my questions.
Last edited by rayon; 03-19-2012 at 10:26 AM.