What it’s like to get a migraine and treat it with Rizatriptan

Migraines manifest differently for different people.

My symptoms are:

  • Moderate unilateral pain (pain that manifests in one side of my head, usually the left from my nose to my left temple).
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of cognitive function
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Irritability
  • Changes in mood (usually short patience/temper).

Before I get a migraine I usually get these prodromes (signs of an impending migraine):

  • Food cravings
  • Auras (flashes of light, light spots)

After a migraine is treated or goes away on its own I sometimes feel elation, or I feel drained for the rest of the day. Usually I feel elation after a successful interception of a migraine in the early stages with medication. If I don’t catch it soon enough it can sometimes take two doses of medication over two or more hours to treat the migraine, and I often feel drained for the rest of the day.

It’s important to catch the migraine and treat it with medication early on. The earlier I catch it the more effective the medication is.

Once I take a dose of Rizatriptan, it takes about 20 minutes to start feeling the effect. The first thing I notice is that the moderate pain in my head starts to lift. Then when it’s almost gone, the dizziness starts to go away. After about 45 minutes the symptoms are mostly all gone. After about an hour I feel mostly ‘normal.’ It can take up to two hours before I regain full cognitive function.