Migraine headaches run in my family. My aunt gets them. Her brother, my uncle gets them (her other brother, my dad, has been spared). My mom gets them. My sister gets them. And I get them.
I have suffered from headaches for as long as I can remember. Mine usually come in clusters. I will get one and then for a week or two afterwards, I will continue to get them at fairly regular intervals. But then, I can go months without one.
For the past week, I have had one headache after another. Even between headaches, I could feel one sort of lingering – ready to hit full force. My migraines come accompanied with nausea and sometimes that is more bothersome than the actual pain. I have found that if I sit very still with a cool damp washcloth over my eyes the worst of the headache will usually pass without medication though. Overall, it is manageable for me. And I realize there could be much worse afflictions.....
There are just some genes you wish you could avoid passing on---the gene for prematurely gray hair, the gene for puffy bags under the eyes, and especially the gene for migraine headaches. Unfortunately, we don't get to choose and like the gray hair and bags under my eyes that I inherited from my parents, the legacy of migraines has continued to another generation..... :-(