Chronic Migraine, Coping, Diet

It’s Official: I’m No Longer in Migraine Hell

I stood in tree pose at yoga, my arms raised in a V above my head, and nearly cried tears of joy. “I am strong,” I thought. “I am alive.”

No words suffice as I try to describe that moment. I keep typing and deleting, typing and deleting. My thinking is huge, philosophical, emotional.

“When you’re going through hell, keep going.” That Winston Churchill quotation has gotten me through many years and countless migraine attacks. I haven’t had to apply it to my life in a year. I call that remission from hell and officially declare that I am no longer engulfed in flames.

I still have constant head pain and migraine attacks more days than not. Fatigue, brain fog and depression still nag at me. I may one day return to symptoms as severe as during The Worst Year of My Life. I may, in fact, return to hell. But I’m not there right now.

Acute medications are working. The diet is irritatingly restrictive, but combined with DAO, it means I no longer get a migraine every time I eat. I can even occasionally choose to eat foods that will trigger a migraine, then stop it with a triptan and naproxen.

It’s not perfect. I’m not cured. But I can breathe.

My life feels wide open.

9 thoughts on “It’s Official: I’m No Longer in Migraine Hell”

  1. Last weekend I celebrated 2 days in a row with no headache. The first two days with no headache since March. We need to celebrate these victories!

  2. Thank you for sharing. Migraines are HELL!! I, too have lived that hell and I am finally getting some relief as well. I thank God for good meds.. I will pray for you and your continued relief.

  3. I’m in tears, I’m so happy for you!!!! You have been such an amazing source of information and support, you totally deserve this!!!!

    I have hit my 10th crapiversary…..and I can say that I’m better than I have been. I still have bad migraine episodes, and bad headaches, but it’s no longer every day, all day. I’m going to read up more on your experiences with your supplements. I have to often juggle which illness I deal with, so the cdh/migraines haven’t been at the top. It’s a juggling act!

    You give me hope. 🙂

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