1. You know it’s way, way more than just a “bad headache.”

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2. You heard about how doctors used to drill holes into patients’ heads and thought: “Maybe that’s not a terrible idea…”

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3. A bird chirping is not your idea of a pleasant morning.

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4. You don’t need a near-death experience to “see the light.”

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5. You don’t need to ride the Tea Cups at Disneyland to feel horribly dizzy.

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6. You’ve spent enough time sitting in dark rooms alone that you feel like a less exciting Batman.

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7. You blurt out “No!” before someone can finish asking “Are you sure it’s not —”

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8. That dog that won’t stop barking next door sounds like it has a gateway to your brain.

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9. Just looking at a jackhammer makes your head bang.

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10. You often struggle to concentrate, but don’t have ADHD.

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11. There are painkillers, and then there are pills that actually kill the pain.

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12. Unlike granola, migraines are the worst when they come in clusters.

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13. It’s like giving birth without any joy, just pain.

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14. There’s nothing silent about a “silent” migraine.

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15. Drinking to dull the pain only makes your head hurt more.

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16. Coffee is not the best part of waking up.

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17. You know how exhausting it is to run a marathon, even though you’ve never actually run one.

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18. Smells can make a severe migraine worse, so don’t even THINK about coming over here with that popcorn or salami, pal.

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19. Then again, migraines can sometimes make you crave weird food and – Hey, where are you going with that salami?!

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20. They sometimes start with a euphoric feeling, which is like being handed a lollipop before being hit by a truck.

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21. A severe migraine can make you so tired that … oh forget it, I’m too exhausted to think of a punch line.

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22. Your face can go numb when you have a severe migraine, so now your head hurts and you’re drooling. Great.

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23. A really bad one can make you turn as pale as a vampire. Only you won’t live forever or run really fast.

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24. You’re pretty sure a bomb shelter isn’t quiet and dark enough.

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25. Someone has suggested an orgasm as a cure. Nice try, Don Juan. Now pull your pants back up.

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26. A severe migraine can bring on speech disturbances. And your co-worker's laughter at your sudden Cajun accent really doesn't help things.

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27. The auras get so bad that you feel like you're hallucinating. And not in the fun, Burning Man kind of way.

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28. Severe migraines can last a week or more, so when you feel one coming on, you know that you can write off the rest of the month.

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29. After a really bad migraine, you always suspect another one is hiding right around the corner, like a sneaky, uncool ninja.

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