I've struggled with pretty bad headaches probably ever since high school. They come and go with intensity and frequency. Sometimes I think I have them figured out. Eat right, and before I get starving, get enough sleep, and they usually leave me alone. But stressful times, like long business trips or big presentations, or other matters, can easily prompt one. I've grown so used to them that I always make sure I have a supply of Excedrin nearby. There's a bottle at home, up and down stairs, at work, even in the car for those unexpected times. I even have family members be sure to have a stock if I know I'll be visiting for an extended period of time.
For whatever reason, Excedrin seems to be the only thing that helps. Nothing else even touches my headaches. But sometimes, on rare occasions, even Excedrin fails. Today was one of those times.
Bad enough that I finally went to a doctor about it (I was lucky to get a walk-in appointment). After describing all my symptoms, sure enough, these Excedrin-immune headaches are the migraine variety.
If you've had a migraine, I need not explain how terrible they are. If you're one of the lucky ones who don't get them, well, for me they on par with a really bad hangover.
There are lots of options these days for dealing with them. The key is preventing them by understanding what triggers them for you. I've lived with them all my life so far because they crept up on me. I never thought they were migraines because descriptions I read of them seem much more severe than what I have. Indeed I do seem to be luckier than most migraine sufferers -- they are bad, but not so bad that I must lock myself in a dark room for two days. Just thought I'd share my experience -- I'm sure lots of you can relate!
Perhaps this is one sub-conscious reason why I prefer The Dark Side of Visual Studio. The bright light of the normal color scheme is just too overpowering.