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Fledgling
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Hi there.

As much as I hate my migraine attacks, I might dread the postdrome more. It often leaves me severely fatigued for up to a day -- sometimes more if I've had a run of migraines back-to-back. In addition, I also get the more vague "hangover" symptoms: sore muscles in my head and neck, brain fog, and so forth.

Does anyone else experience exhaustion similar to this with their postdrome? Any tips on managing it? It frustrates me when I've knocked out the pain, only to miss work or a social event because I simply can't pull myself out of bed.

All the best,
Julie
 
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Yep. Usually mine is pretty mild, but I've had times when it really knocked me for a loop, too. I've never found anything for it but time, unfortunately.



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Oh dear! Yes indeed I know the feeling all too well and what's worse is that during postdrome I can't sleep so my sleep pattern get's all out of wack!

Staying away from junk food I find sort of helps, and having insanely early nights and getting heaps of sleep to make up for it all...

Other than that my friend I don't really know of anything else that can help...

Hope you feel better soon!


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Dear Librarian:
Like you, my postdrome symptoms seem to correlate with the duration and intensity of the migraine. If I have a "three-day-er," I can be out of it (like in a dream, feeling disconnected, hung over, exhausted) for an entire day or more. For the migraine that lasts a few hours, the prodrome is much shorter.

This period of migraine recovery is also called "post-ictal," a term also used for that period of time after one has an epileptic seizure. Post ictal means "after a seizure." It feels like my brain is trying to recover from a major assault. And it is. I have read research (Cephalalgia, 2001: Mulder, Passchier, Linssen, de Geus) which indicates that use of sumatriptan will shorten the duration of the post-ictal period.
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During an interictal period, patients with migraine reported more problems regarding social activities and pain compared with healthy controls. During the postictal period, mood (fatigue and emotional state) was negatively affected by an attack that was treated with habitual medication, whereas health state (physical pain, social activities, current pain) was similar to the migraine-free period. Sumatriptan treatment had beneficial effects on aspects of health state and mood during the postictal period.


For more information, there is an oft-cited article in Cephalalgia titled "Interictal and postictal cognitive changes in migraine." This was written by Mulder, Linnsen, Passchier et al. (Volume 19, Issue 6, pages 557–565, July 1999). you can find it on pubmed.com.

Good luck to you!
 
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Hi everyone. This is my first time ever posting on a forum of any type, but I feel compelled to following one of the most bizarre experiences of my life. I have been suffering from migraines (I think of the HM variety) for about 15 years, and haven't been to the doctor since I was a kid since they are infrequent (2-3 a year), and I'm usually able to knock myself out with pain killers before it takes a hold of me. I do get an aura, usually flashing lights, I lose sensation in the left side of my body, and I lose my speech. I usually wake up a little groggy, but generally feeling okay.

Last weekend was a completely different story as I suffered like I have never suffered before. The headache was bad, but what I had never experienced before was the postdrome, and after reading several people's posts, I was comforted immensely once I learned that I wasn't losing my mind. I just wanted to jump on the forum and thank everyone for sharing and giving me some hope that I would snap out of this funk and feel normal again. It's been 4 days since the migraine and I am just now feeling normal again. I'm still having a little bit of trouble coming up with the words I'm trying to think of, but I think one more night of sleep should have me back to my normal self.

Thanks again to everyone on here for restoring my sanity!!!!
 
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Hello and welcome to our forum family! Our goal is to provide everyone with the information and support that we all need to manage our Migraines and/or headaches. To that end, we consider this a “safe harbor,” where nobody tries to sell us anything, and we all use “family-friendly” language so parents are comfortable letting their children read the forum with them.

Please take a few minutes to review our policies and guidelines along with the other information in the START HERE folder. For information about Migraines, a good article to begin with is Learning About Migraines - Where to Start.


Scary when our Migraine change, isn't it? It would probably won't be a bad idea to see a doctor who specializes in Migraines now. If your doctor isn’t able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article [URL= http://www.healthcentral.com/m...octors-254944-5.html ]Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special?[/URL] If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

You certainly are not alone here, in fact, we have a specific here for Hemiplegic Migraine you may want to look at. When you get a minute, take a look at Hemiplegic Migraine - The Basics which has lots of information on HM.

Postdrome can typically leave me with a "hung over" feeling, but this really should be checked out with your doctor.

Keep us posted.
 
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I can feel washed out for weeks after depending on the severity of the attack. I find my memory is shot to pieces for some weeks after a migraine too - not great when you teach Frowner I usually feel very fragile - for want of a better word - and utterly exhausted at the end of the day and my appetite is usually non-existent. I have yet to find anything that allows me to function 'normally' afterward so will look forward to any suggestions others can make.
 
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Hello and welcome to our forum family, Sitamoia! Our goal is to provide everyone with the information and support that we all need to manage our Migraines and/or headaches. To that end, we consider this a “safe harbor,” where nobody tries to sell us anything, and we all use “family-friendly” language so parents are comfortable letting their children read the forum with them.

Please take a few minutes to review our policies and guidelines along with the other information in the START HERE folder. For information about Migraines, a good article to begin with is Learning About Migraines - Where to Start.



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Hi, and sorry we all need this site!
I find the postdrome to be the hardest aspect, right after triggers, for non-migraineurs to understand. It's like, the headache is gone, so what's the big deal? It depresses me, because people act like you are just complaining or being lazy. The trigger aspect does this, too. (You must be over-sensitive. Or blaming somebody else. What have you.) They also tend to "forget" about not wearing perfume, making lots of noise, causing stress.
When you've spent 3 days "sleeping" because of a whopper migraine, nobody seems to believe you are exhausted, not getting it that there isn't any restorative sleep during an attack. Your brain is righting itself, and *almost* nobody who hasn't lived with migraine can grasp the concept.
I have printed out info for my husband and even my kids so they can hear it from another voice than my own.
Best wishes for a pain free day!
 
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I see that most of these posts are relatively old, but I have a bit to say on this matter too. I had a problem recognizing the symptoms of postdrome as well as some of the symptoms of my migraine. I am one of those unfortunate people who has some degree of headache almost every single day. For several years I have had numbness and tingling in my left arm and hand which caused me to go to the er thinking I was having a heart attack and never attributing it to a migraine. After a serious headache I would be tired and confused for at least 1-2 days, sometimes as long as a week. You would think that when your pcp tells you that you have migraines they would equip you with the information to let you know the symptoms of when one is coming, what to do to stop it, and how terrible you will feel afterwards.
Hope everyone is having a pain free day..
Donna
 
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Donna,

Many PCP's don't know much about Migraine. Many of them don't even know about postdrome or the other phases of a Migraine for that matter. The average doctor finishes medical school having had only four hours of learning about ALL HEADACHE DISORDERS. Sad, but true. That sad fact just came out in a report from the WHO.

If you haven't already, you might want to consider seeing a neurologist if not a Migraine specialist.

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Originally posted by VanillaChocolate:
I see that most of these posts are relatively old, but I have a bit to say on this matter too. I had a problem recognizing the symptoms of postdrome as well as some of the symptoms of my migraine. I am one of those unfortunate people who has some degree of headache almost every single day. For several years I have had numbness and tingling in my left arm and hand which caused me to go to the er thinking I was having a heart attack and never attributing it to a migraine. After a serious headache I would be tired and confused for at least 1-2 days, sometimes as long as a week. You would think that when your pcp tells you that you have migraines they would equip you with the information to let you know the symptoms of when one is coming, what to do to stop it, and how terrible you will feel afterwards.
Hope everyone is having a pain free day..
Donna



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