Migraines are more common than some people think. It’s a type of headache that usually also causes at least one other symptom, light sensitivity, nausea, or vomiting. There may be throbbing on one side of the head. Some people see light auras/vision disturbances before a migraine sets in. A chronic migraine is described as a migraine that occurs 15 or more days a month, with the headache lasting four hours or longer for at least three consecutive months. This is diagnosed after someone has already been diagnosed with migraines. This is a very under reported/diagnosed condition. For anyone who knows what it’s like to have a headache in general, especially a migraine one can definitely see why this would be debilitating. Most migraines are made worse by physical work, including just routine activity. Some migraines are so bad you can’t move or even think, you just have to lie down until it passes. Some include tension in the shoulders and back. It’s important to see a doctor if you have frequent headaches, not only to treat it if it’s chronic migraines, but also to make sure you catch if it’s anything more dangerous. It’s very common for people with chronic migraines to suffer from depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances or other physical illnesses. There are many things that can cause migraines, including caffeine, smoking or anything aged that contains tyramine (certain cheeses, wines, etc). Many people with chronic pain keep a journal of when they have flares, things they did that day, things they ate and other factors that may cause flares as well as any treatment you try. This way you figure out what works and what you need to avoid. As far as treatment goes, doctors try to stop the pain before it starts with medications like antidepressants, beta blockers, anti-seizure medication, anti inflammatories, and botox injections. However, sometimes those medications don’t work. People with chronic migraines may be helped by alternative medicine techniques like acupuncture, meditation, massage, biofeedback, certain herbs and vitamins, and electrical stimulation. As stated before, many people which chronic migraines suffer from depression and anxiety, which ultimately can make the condition worse, so therapy may be helpful.
Now, climax can provide relief from headaches, but for a lot of people with chronic migraines that’s un true. It’s still physical exertion and whenever you can barely move it’s difficult to feel sexy let alone be up to sex. Some people with chronic migraines become sensitive to touch as well, meaning that being touched can aggravate the head ache. It’s best to talk to your partner. Maybe come up with a signal for when you can’t be touched at all and just need to be left in a dark room for a while. Talk to your partner about what aggravates your migraines so that they will be aware of what not to do. Track when you have bad migraines. It may even coincide with specific times of your menstrual cycle as hormones can affect it. Find times when you are feeling good enough to have sex, or have lighter sex on the times you have a lighter head ache. Because both migraines and sexual desire has been linked to serotonin levels, many people who suffer from chronic migraines also have a very high libido. This can be frustrating if you’re in too much pain to have sex.Figure out what positions and actions aggravate the headache and which ones don’t. As always communicate with your partner how you’re feeling and what chronic migraines feel like.
Even for those who don’t have chronic migraines, some people get headaches during or after climax. Usually they don’t last long, only a few minutes, but they can be quite painful. They don’t always happen, and sometimes they don’t happen for a while and then come back. It’s important to see a doctor just in case, especially if you have other symptoms. This is more common in people prone to migraines. The treatment for this is almost identical to the treatment of chronic migraines.
Interesting topic that is definitely not discussed enough. Migraines during climax -from what I’ve seen on the internet and, mostly, my own experience, feel free to complete and share- can be felt a bit before the end ; you feel more tensed than usual, orgasm can be a little bit harder to reach but you keep going and a little pain in the back of your head warns you that it’s coming… and not in a good way. However, you can also be completely surprised during climax and it explodes in the back of your head, causing an unbearable pain (and an intense frustration).
From what the docs say, it is more of a “male” problem, I do not know how they do define “male” in this case but I guess they had more men complaining about this issue than women in general. But these stats aren’t really appropriate, I’m a woman and however you identify doesn’t change the fact it might happen.
It can last only a few minutes -and personally it puts me really down anyway- or be the beginning of a longer migraine episode. I remember once when I still lived with my parents, my mother being impressed by a very long crisis I had, and me hiding the real reason why it had started.
Also, it might be a good idea not to “try again” too soon, since after a migrainous climax, you can have a few others during one or two days -making you even more tensed, angsty and annoyed, which is not good either-. Even when the laziest ever, sex is still a physical activity that requires efforts from the body and gets you tense so do not push your limits.
Most people have this kind of migraines only occasionally but some people have them very often ; it is strongly recommended to be careful when having sex, not being too tense, to relax, slow down and take short breaks not to put too much pressure on your neck and cervical vertebrae. For some people it becomes a kind of disability and a special attention is required during sex. For people who are receptive to that kind of stimulation, using vibrators who do half of the work for you might be a good option, the less effort you make, less risks you have to hurt your head.
(Also, people who follow this blog know it but I, personally, become very aggressive and sensitive when I have migraine and my partner knows he won’t get anything from me ; you should never agree for sex when you don’t really want it, especially when it might hurt you so badly and make your condition even worse.)