I get letdown migraines, have you heard of these? I get migraines from the down slope of the week landing on the weekend and from stressful events.
During the week, I have a schedule. I run things like clockwork in order to keep my children and me on track Monday through Friday. Being on a schedule is huge for children and good for my migraines. We know what to expect, are able to prepare and we all go with the flow. But on the weekend, it’s a free-for-all. Free-for-alls are sometimes fun but usually end in meltdowns and migraines in my house.
I am a teacher and at some point during the weekend spend time in bed with a migraine. I also get spikes during the week after school and in the evenings before bed. These are letdown migraines from school and in preparation for the next day. This happens to me most days.
Once the weekend comes, I get freedom, let down my guard and spend most of my time with a migraine. My sleep schedule is off, I go to bed later, try to sleep in but mostly am thrown from too much or too little sleep. I eat unhealthy and at different times than I do during the week. I go to events with my family that often trigger me through light, sound, and activity. Everything adds up to a migraine.
Along with letdown migraines from the week, I get migraines from the letdown of stress. This means, when I am stressed, I can get through the event relatively well but once it’s over, my migraine spikes and I’m bedridden. Think holidays, vacations, work events etc.
When my husband travels, I get a migraine both before and after his trip. I get one in preparation of being on my own for a week with two small children and have one once he gets home for the same reason. During the week, I go into what I call “turbo mode” and face life as it’s thrown at me. I am super scheduled and exhausted but typically can make it a few days before the migraine letdown of stress. Even if I’m not worried, had a typical week and have no issues during the week of travel, a letdown migraine occurs. Even when I think I have things handled, my body still punishes me for pushing through “turbo mode.”
Letdown migraines come from life’s many ups and downs. A spike in life results in a spike of migraine pain.