Migraine headaches hurt. If you are not a migraine sufferer, thank your lucky stars. The headaches I get now are nothing like the migraines I used to get but they can still stop me in my tracks.
I remember living in Germany, leaving work early and driving home with my eyes squinted tight enough to keep any extra light out but cracked open just enough so I could see the road. I'd come home, take three Advil, darken the house and lay my pounding head back on the pillow. Tugging at my hair and applying pressure to my eyebrows sometimes lessened the pain for a short moment. Nausea and vomiting were signs that the migraine was reaching it's peak and I knew that if I could just hold on a little longer, sleep would come and I'd wake up to a new, pain-free day.
My migraines were gone as quickly as they came and in strange convoluted way, I was one of the fortunate ones.
I am not going to try to make a human resource or leadership connection beyond that of migraines hindering my ability to function as a human resource leader - or anything else for that matter.
Many migraines go undiagnosed. Here is a migraine self-assessment for your reading pleasure.