"Migraine" is a pretty broad and open-for-interpretation term. It's clear that migraine sufferers suffer in different ways. And we each have different things we do to try and minimize the pain and deal with the overall disruption of life. This is a quick summary of my typical experience.
Onset / Frequency
My migraines typically show up in the morning when I wake up. About 20% of the time they can be felt coming on in the evening - a few hours before bed. Rarely does one start sometime in the middle of the day. Very rarely my vision will be impaired. This presents itself as not being able to see entire words.
I get some sort of headache approximately every other day. But ones that rise to the "migraine" category occur less frequently....about once a week over a long period of time. They come in waves. Multiple weeks can go by with no issues and then....BAM....there's a string of them.
What It Feels Like
Typically the entire head hurts, not just one side or the other. Accurately describing the overall "my body is messed up." feeling to others has been and remains one of my larger frustrations. Most people associate "migraine" with "head pain". Obviously head pain is a part of it, but it goes beyond that. It's very difficult to put into words. For me migraine results in:
The clinical term is "postdrome". That is REALLY clinical. And it's totally inadequate to describe what it feels like. "Headache Hangover" is the term I use. There is a washed out feeling, "mentally tired" if you will. It feels somewhat similar to how one feels after a fever breaks: You know you've been through a significant ordeal and you need to rest and recover. One article said "Your brain has been through a traumatic event. It needs to heal and repair and recover." It's analogous to the day after intense exercise: You can move. You can walk around and physically do things. You look normal. But with every move your muscles ache, and you're reminded that the previous day you put your body through a lot. Now apply that to the brain. That's postdrome.
While my migraines are not easy to deal with by any stretch, there are many others who have it way worse. Some get throbbing behind the eyes. Some can't tolerate any light or sound. Some become very nauseous. Fortunately those are not issues for me.
What are your migraine experiences like? What things do you do to help yourself feel better and deal with them?