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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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