To wit, this is the first time I have had two migraines in one week.
This is movement in a direction I am not at all comfortable with, and I am ramping up my attack on this problem. Drastically.
Here's what is good: I was able to tell that I was going to get one, by the ominous sparkling of light, so I started doing stuff to deal with it before it really started to hurt. Here's what else is good: this is the first time I took actual migraine medicine (I have been concerned about how I'd react to the caffeine) and it really REALLY helped. Not only did the pain go away fast but I do not feel as wiped out post-migraine as I normally would. I am going to start carrying it around with me and taking it whenever the light gets sparkly.
More good: apparently there is a place in Cambridge that studies women's headaches. My next steps are to see an acupuncturist (I got her name and number a while ago) and to see a neurologist specializing in migraines. Oh, and to make a checklist of things to do when I have a migraine, because my brain doesn't work well enough when I'm in intense pain to be able to remember everything.
Just odd: Today was the first time that I had a migraine on the right side of my head. All past migraines have been on the left.
ETA: I now have calls in to both the acupuncturist and the Women's Headache Center here in Somerville, the latter claiming a holistic approach. Cool...