Migraine Surviving

I am a life-long migraine sufferer survivor.  At the ripe old age of seven I began being plagued by these nasty, evil, things called migraines.  When my mom took me to the doctor and he said migraine, it was surprising, but my grandmother suffered from them so I hadn’t escaped a hereditary predisposition and have had to live with it as part of my life.  It cost me more than my share of fun times in my youth.  I missed a recital when I got sick after dress rehearsal that morning.  I had gone to the rehearsal feeling okay in the morning, and then was hit by the pain, nausea and everything else and had to miss the show that night.  I went with a friend and her family to Adventure Island, a Florida waterpark and it turned into a miserable day when I ended up with a migraine.  A field trip in the 5th Grade ended badly when a migraine hit me at the end of the day.  I started to be aware that days could often be ruined by migraine misery.  I grew to manage it better and fortunately they weren’t coming as frequently.  However in 2004 I started new symptoms and now suffer from migraine aura as well.  This is basically a visual migraine that disturbs my day for about a half hour or so, where I am forced into a dark room as I wait for the kaleidoscope and tunnel vision to disappear.  Again, it is about rolling with the punches life has thrown my way.  I will say unless someone has suffered a migraine, it might be hard for others to sympathize with.  It goes beyond a headache, and it is truly a miserable condition.

I would love to hear other stories from migraine survivors, and how it fits into your life.

K

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Posted on 08/08/2012, in Life Bits, Random and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Krissy! Know that you are not alone out there. As I’m typing this I see one of your book titles is Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. While I don’t know what the book is about (yet), the title is very appropriate for all migraine sufferers out there. I think people who live with or are care takers of someone with migraines can truly understand the disabling effects of this disease. But until they wimper at 0200 from a migraine that just blew the back of their head off or lay their head on the toilet seat because that is the closest thing to comfortable and there is no energy to crawl to bed after throwing up over and over while someone continuously shoves an ice pick in your eye, migraines will continue to be misunderstood by many.

    • Hi Lori! Thank you for stopping by and for reminding me I am not alone. It is great there are others to share the experience of migraines, and you describe the misery of a migraine perfectly. And so true, unless you experience it or have a loved one you have watched have one, there is no way to comprehend what it is like to suffer and live in fear of when an attack will occur. Misunderstanding migraine, truer words were never spoken when it comes to the non-migraine world.

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