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30 things about Brenda’s Life with Migraines

This is a reader-submitted story.

My name is Brenda and I am 34 and lived with Migraines for what feels like all of my life. I am new to living with Mulitple Sclerosis in addition to my friend the migraine and blog about living with these invisible diseases at www.stellarevoltuiondesigns.com. I also sew and knit ALOT….It was interesting to read fellow folks answers so I thought I would share mine!

1. My diagnosis is: Migraines
2. My migraine attack frequency is: off medication-15-20 per month,on meds-3-4 per month
3. I was diagnosed in: Migraines were part of my life for so long, but only really got properly investigated in 2010.
4. My comorbid conditions include: Relapsing-Remitting multiple sclerosis, Polycycstic ovary syndrome
5. I take 2 medications/supplements each day for prevention and 2 medications/supplements to treat an acute attack
6. My first migraine attack was: full of vomit, I’m sure
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: photosensitive, sensitivity to smell, photosensitive, dizziness, nausea, mental fog
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: numb side of face, mixing up names or lack of remembering them at all.
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: smells, weather changes, stress, hormones
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: I get sharp ringing in my ears, numb side of my face, visual disturbances
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: there is really no stopping it
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: how to drive myself home from where ever I am
13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: I try not to…
14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: I get headaches too…ugh
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: to ask what works for them, compare notes/meds and also feel their pain.
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: that list of other side effects is something I don’t need
17. My best coping tools are: McD’s french fries (salt and magnesium) and Coke (caffeine) to shrink those nasty blood vessels
18. I find comfort in: my dark gray bedroom
19. I get angry when people say: I get headaches too.
20. I like it when people say: I’m sorry you have to deal with that. Is there anything I can do to help.
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: my husband knows that he will have to go buy some food as any smells during an attack make it incredibly worse.
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: they are real
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: I’ve lived with them so long I almost prefer them to having an attack of my Multiple sclerosis because I know how to deal moderately successfully with migraines, I am still learning how to deal and accept my MS diagnosis.
24. Migraine has taught me: to listen to my body and not just push through
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: I’ve got a good success rate going, survived 100% of days up to this point.
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: start taking preventative meds sooner
27. The people who support me most are: my husband, close friends, some coworkers
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: how hard it is to function when you have one, and how much relief can come from a dark room.
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: it opens up avenues of communication and reminds me I am not alone in this.
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: life goes on, make time for your own health and so accept things as they are by having back up plans B, C, D, E, F for everything.

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