This Video About What A Migraine REALLY Feels Like Breaks Our Heart

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Whooooooa. This is crazy!

At the end of a long exhausting day, you feel like your head is going to burst. You think you're having a migraine and a few minutes of rest should do it. Fortunately for you, that may not be a migraine at all, because it's so much worse.

A migraine is more than just "a bad headache," says the Migraine Research Foundation. It's actually "an extremely debilitating collection of neurological symptoms," and it varies from person to person. 

These symptoms include the following:

  • Recurring throbbing pain in one side of the head or both that lasts between 4 to 27 hours
  • Disturbance in vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feelings of dizziness
  • Extreme sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell
  • Tingling or numbness in the face or limbs

Approximately 38 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from migraines. The symptoms are so bad that a survey by the Migraine Research Foundation found that 71 percent of sufferers would give up their favorite pair of jeans and 62 percent would give up social media if it meant that the migraines would stop.

To truly understand the phenomena of migraines, Excedrin, a provider of headache pain relief, released The Migraine Experience.

It's an augmented reality simulator "designed to give non-sufferers the chance to safely experience symptoms of a migraine." Through it, you can experience a few of the symptoms mentioned above. 

"We're simulating the symptoms of a migraine — everything but the pain — because experiencing is believing. Using technology to drive human emotion to help migraineurs feel better understood — allowing non-sufferers, for the first time, to see what it's like to have a migraine," says Scott Yacovino, Excedrin senior brand manager of the U.S. pain category.

To see how it works, check out the video below:


​In the video, family and friends of sufferers decided to step in and experience what it truly feels like to have a migraine, minus the pain. One woman describes it as "going blind." It was an eye-opening experience for the family and friends of these sufferers, who truly had no idea what that felt like until they experienced it themselves.

This understanding raises awareness and empathy for those who suffer from this health issue, because yes, it really is more than just a bad headache. It disrupts everyday life and makes simple tasks difficult to accomplish.

You, too, can experience and better understand migraines through The Migraine Experience app, available for both the Android and iOS in May, through Google Cardboard. And if you already suffer from migraines, don't try the app.