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Gillian [userpic]
Just wandered to the 'Pedia page about fibro...

And boy, someone sure added to the Cognitive Dysfunction section:

Many patients experience cognitive dysfunction[6] (known as "fibrofog"), which may be characterized by impaired concentration,[25] problems with short[7][25] and long-term memory, short-term memory consolidation,[7] impaired speed of performance,[7][25] inability to multi-task, cognitive overload,[7][25] and diminished attention span. Fibromyalgia is often associated with anxiety and depressive symptoms.[7]

Not even sure what all of those mean, and they don't mention aphasia, which I know fibro people get but boy do I get the ones I know and the ones I don't are evocative. Add all that to what happens with migraines!

This is a really good description of the phases of a migarine, and it puts in a lot of things that we knew about but didn't think doctors had noticed yet. The postdrome I liked especially, I'd been telling people about a migraine hangover for years. (Alcohol hangovers are basically migraines according to my neurologist):

Many people mention feeling “hung-over” after a Migraine. This is often actually part of the Migraine, the postdrome. Most Migraineurs have some symptoms after the headache phase, symptoms that may last hours or even a couple of days.

Postdrome symptoms may include:

lowered intellect levels
lowered mood levels, especially depression, or feelings of well-being and euphoria
poor concentration and comprehension

Ok, so I've had a headache for 20 years or so, it gets pretty bad maybe once a month and that's when I really notice the phases. The question is, how do I function at all?


Thank you for posting the link to the migraine.com description of migraine phases. It got me thinking again about possible diagnoses (hemiplegic migraine? TIA?), which I'll raise with my neurologist today. Personally, I cannot distinguish any phases, though I can go through the symptom lists of each and say 'Yes' or 'No' to them (mostly 'Yes'). For me, the neurological symptoms are constant and only vary in tune with the weather, how much caffeine I've had, and/or triggers like sound & light. And it's not often that there's a trigger, then I have a migraine. It's more like the migraine symptoms are always there, but a trigger makes things worse for a bit.

And you've been dealing with this for 20+ years... Jeeeezzzz... I'm only six-and-a-half years in, and it's been bad enough. Your last question crosses my mind as well--though, so far, it's more "how do I function at all" in this area of my life vs that area of my life that's less impacted, etc.

You have my sympathies!!!