Turning a corner?

This is a reader-submitted story.

1. My diagnosis is: Chronic migraine
2. My migraine attack frequency is: decreasing
3. I was diagnosed in: 2002 (with chronic. I’ve had migraines for as long as I can remember)
4. My comorbid conditions include: Supraventricular Tachycardia, Poor circulation, Kidney stones
5. I take __2_ medications/supplements each day for prevention and __3_ medications/supplements to treat an acute attack
6. My first migraine attack was: If I could remember, I would tell you.
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: Head pain, nausea, sensitivity to light, metallic sounds in ears
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: Metallic sound in ears. Itchiness.
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: Weather, hormones, MSG
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: I start to get tunnel vision and my auditory system is off. And there’s a certain achiness in my neck to start.
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: Not being able to concentrate on anything.
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: What I’ve missed that day at school/work/in life
13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: “The worst. I just want to live.”
14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: Either “Oh I get headaches too” or “I can’t even imagine”
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: “Explain it to me. Is it really a migraine? Or do you just get a bad headache?”
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: “Oh, that’s hilarious.”
17. My best coping tools are: Hot shower. Icepack. Darkness. Fuzzy socks. Big sweatshirt. Gatorade.
18. I find comfort in: A giant sweatshirt. The dark. The fact that I’m not alone.
19. I get angry when people say: “have you tried Excedrin migraine? I’ve heard that gets rid of migraines in like, 30 minutes”
20. I like it when people say: “I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. Can I do anything to help you?”
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: Do anything for me that I would normally have to get out of bed to do myself. I.e. refilling water, getting an icepack
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: We can try all different things instead of upping your medication. Whatever you’re comfortable with. The are a lot more options out there than there used to be.
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: That there are some variables I can’t control, and there will be times where despite my best efforts, I’m still going to have a migraine.
24. Migraine has taught me: How to self advocate and push through. But also when I need to give myself a rest.
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: Just keep swimming.
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: Don’t just take another pill. Look for different treatments and different ways to help yourself feel better.
27. The people who support me most are: My mother. My best friends.
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: Every migraine is different. Sometimes I can push through the pain and do work and pretend to be normal, but some days, I’m just so disabled by the pain that there’s nothing I can do except curl up into a ball and try to freeze my head.
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: Too many people don’t understand the difference between a migraine and a bad headache.
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: As painful as it’s been, having migraine has formed me into the person I am today. And I’ve only become stronger because of it.

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