I had my last migraine on my 18th birthday (I'm now 24). They were unbelievably bad, and I got my first one in elementary school. They started with a tired feeling in my brain, like the way your legs might feel after climbing five flights of stairs while carrying a heavy box. That feeling would grow until it felt like my brain was on fire. Light would be unbearable - even being in a regularly-lit room with my eyes closed felt like the light was going to make my brain explode. The slightest noise, like a sniff or a small cough, felt like a dagger to the eye. In high school, I was on all sorts of meds for the migraines, but I still had to lie down for at least half an hour until the meds kicked in.
In my family, migraines tend to come in phases. I consider myself pretty lucky that I've made it all the way through college and most of law school without one, but I know they'll come back eventually. :/
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@testingwithfire I grew up in Albany! Well, just outside, but I went to school and worked in Albany until I was 18. I haven't ever really experienced cat calls there. That may be because I drive everywhere when I'm there, but even when I'm walking around (at Tulip Fest, Lark Fest, walking around downtown or wherever) I don't think I've ever really been catcalled there. Or at least, not badly enough that I'd remember.