When I read this I just said “WOW!”:
Another reason for Letang’s improved play is that the congenital migraines he suffered as a teen have subsided. “When I had them,” he recalls, “I couldn’t see the puck or guys coming to hit me.” He experienced only mild discomfort during the off-season, but a throbbing pain often flared up throughout the winter. Letang would take injections that made him nauseated. If he threw up, he had to scramble to try to rehydrate before skating. Amazingly, he’s never missed an NHL game with a migraine. “I was dying to play, so I didn’t complain about headaches,” he says.
Letang began taking a new medication last year but still had one bad episode before opening night when he ran out of pills. Afraid to drive home, he slept at the rink after the morning skate. “I need the room completely dark,” he says. “Otherwise when I wake up, it’s like someone is pressing on my eyeball and I see blurry colors that move around.” He still undergoes brain scans twice a year.
If you have never had a migraine, you will simply not understand, but I had them as a teen and fortunately grew out of them for the most part. But when I would get a migraine, my PILLOW was too loud and caused me physical pain. I can’t imagine playing a contact sport like hockey with one.