I’ve suffered from migraines for a number of years, and when they strike, it literally is lights out. The only thing that will work is going to bed, switching lights off, closing curtains and sleeping. They last anywhere from 4 to 36 hours for me. They’re not pleasant, and I’m invariably sick, which is often an indicator that I’ve turned the corner with an attack. I’m sure I read they can be hereditary. My granddad would take migraines, I do, and it would seem that Matthew is similarly afflicted.
In the past, he’s complained about headache. But beyond taking Calpol, he might loll on the sofa, but won’t shut down completely. We’d thought nothing of it until fairly recently. The symptoms he described from a recent headache – the location of the pain, the severity of it, that he was sick. Suddenly it all clicked. We decided to make a GP appointment for Matthew to see it what we were thinking was in fact correct, and if so we could help Matthew better manage his symptoms when he had an attack. The doctor we saw listened carefully, gave Matthew a thorough examination before concluding that it was migraines he was suffering from.
Another one struck yesterday. He had complained of a headache in the morning, and looked very pained. He went back to bed with Jane who was having a lie in, and just cuddled, not wanting to move. He managed to go down stairs – he has a bit of an aversion to fully shutting down when he is ill. I dosed him with Calpol and ibuprofein and went upstairs with him as he wanted to watch a movie. Within half an hour though he quickly ran to the toilet and was very sick. It was definitely a migraine. I eventually persuaded him to lie down in his bed with the curtains closed in the afternoon. He was concerned he’d miss curry night! He didn’t stay in bed for long but at least lounged on the sofa. He had improved though, and having a lot of chicken (just dry chicken tikka) to eat really perked him up. The attack was short lived thankfully and he’s back to it today, although not quite at full speed.
I’ve loved passing some things on to the boys – my love of Star Wars, Doctor Who (and he’s picking up Star Trek), and my passion for Aberdeen FC – but migraines is one thing I wish he would never want either of the boys to suffer from. Going forward, we’ll monitor Matthew’s headaches and try to do what we can for him.