Wing See's story

I've had migraine for as long as I can remember

Wing See Li

Migraine aren’t what they seem and there is more to them than meets the eye. In fact, they are more than just headaches. The symptoms consist of a splitting headache, a slight fever, fatigue, watery eyes, runny nose, nausea/vomiting, a sensitivity to light and slurred speech.

Every time I suffer from migraine, I have a tendency to yawn, accompanied with a gaping mouth. I don’t know why the migraine happened. They seem to occur at the most inconvenient moments. I’ve had migraine for as long as I can remember. This means it’s difficult/impossible to recall all of them.

Getting a migraine during a game

This is one of the most memorable migraine in a negative way. Back in 2018, I played Spyro Reignited Trilogy. It’s the epitome of, “be careful what you wish for” and “too good to be true”. During the battle against the second boss in Spyro 2: Gateway To Glimmer, the in-game camera is nauseating as I tried to dodge his attacks. The dreaded, accursed motion blur added salt to the wound. When I defeated Gulp (the second boss and one of Ripto’s henchmen), I suddenly had a pounding, very painful headache but it soon worsened with each passing hour.

The migraine was the last straw. I sold off the game a day later. I rarely sell off my games, I do that if a game is poorly-made or I got bored of it. So, if Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Celeste are the worst games of 2018, then Iconoclasts is the best game of 2018.

The second terrible memory is not too long ago when I played Jak 3 (the third instalment of the Jak and Daxter series). The migraine seemed to have occurred while I was solving a puzzle within the Monk Temple. The puzzle requires the use of the Light Eco and the pole-swinging ability. The game has nothing to do with said migraine. It’s either I didn’t have enough sleep as usual or I ate the two chocolate ice cream lollies too fast. During the night, there were times when I felt like I wanted to throw up. I’ve heard stress also cause migraine as depicted in Night In The Woods but I’m not sure if that’s the case for a lot of the migraine I had in the past.


Whenever I get a migraine, they feel like my head have been split in two. When the fatigue kicks in, it feels like I don’t know whether I’m extremely sleepy or exhausted. It feels like I didn’t have the energy within me or I can’t be bothered to do anything.

The fact that migraine is an invisible illness but at the same time it’s also a physical illness, my family and friends don’t know what I’m going through unless I tell them. The bright side is migraines can’t kill me.

The migraine tend to last for countless hours or a day but it depends on the severity. Usually sleep tends to get rid of it. I haven’t tried over-the-counter medicine yet so I don’t know how they’ll react with the aforementioned migraine. Since I recently bought migraine medicine from a chemist, I’m prepared for the next time a migraine strikes.



The views and opinions expressed in this ‘Migraine story’ are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Migraine Trust.