Some patients say "I have migraines". Others say "I get migraines". Occasionally one will use the odd phrase (at least to me) "I take migraines" to mean the same thing (I always want to ask who they're taking them from).
But today I had a lady who used a more, uh interesting, phrase.
When she gets a migraine she has to go lie down in a dark room (which is common). So, for whatever reason, she uses this act to refer to the migraine.
In other words: when she gets a migraine, she calls it "going down".
It is remarkably hard to keep a straight face when the young lady across from me says things like:
"I went down 3 times last week."
"July was awful. I spent the entire month going down".
"I went down on Saturday. I had to do it in front of my kids, too."
And, as she was leaving, she said, "I feel another one coming on. I just know I'll be going down tonight, but have to wait until my husband gets home."