This is a reader-submitted story.
1. I have had NDPH for ____ years. 12 yrs
2. It started after: (Or just when it started if you didn’t have a precipitating event): It started 6-8 months after a concussion and my mother passing away.
3. After the headache started, it took ______ [weeks/months/years] to get a diagnosis. It took about 6 months after it started to get the first diagnosis of migraine.
4. My pain level is steady/fluctuates: Fluctuates
5. My typical pain level ranges from: a 4 to a 10
6. In addition to pain, my symptoms include: My symptoms include nausea, memory problems, loss of vision in one eye or the other, sensitivity to light, odor, sound, being touched and speech problems/ coordination problems depending on severity of headache.
7. Treatments I have tried include: numerous medications, pain management, chriropractors, massage therapy, ice, heat, darkness, acupuncture, natural medicine.
8. I take ____ medications/supplements each day for prevention and ____ medications/supplements when the pain becomes unbearable: I take 3-4 OTC pain meds and 6-8 supplements a day. There doesn’t seem to be any prevention. Just dealing with the pain.
9. When the pain gets bad, I: I get an ice pack, take something for nausea, otc pain meds, try to sleep.
10. The most frustrating part about having NDPH is: That headaches are still a mystery and no on seems to have any answers.
11. Because of NDPH, I worry about: Family reactions, interaction, living.
12. When I tell someone I have NDPH, the response is usually: “Oh, it;s just a headache. It can’t be that bad. I have headaches all the time and I can still work and do things.”
13. When I see how little research and information exists on NDPH, I feel: Depressed
14. Having NDPH has affected my work/school life by: Haven’t been able to work because of sensitivity to light, sound, smells, and coordination problems.
15. Having NDPH has affected by family life by: Can’t do family things, no family vacations, no family get togethers.
16. The one word that best describes my experience with NDPH is: Life-Changing!
17. My best coping tools are: My wife and daughter.
18. I find comfort in: Reading, watching tv.
19. I get angry when people say: you should be working, it’s just a headache.
20. I like it when people say: I have had bad headaches, I can’t imagine what you’re going through.
21. Something kind someone has done for me in relation to NDPH is: Not Sure
22. The best thing a doctor has ever said to me about NDPH is: We will find something that will help you.
23. The hardest thing to accept about having NDPH is: The headaches never stop. They ease off at times, but they never stop!
24. Having NDPH has taught me: Patience when interacting with others and dealing with my own feelings.
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that helps me cope with NDPH is: The Day Will Come When All Things Are Better! This to shall pass!
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: Do more research, ask more questions, be prepared for all the looks and statements they uninformed people will make!
27. The people who support me most are: My Wife and Daughter!
28. The thing I most wish people understood about NDPH is: That NDPH and Migraines of all kinds are not just headaches!!! They are far more and far worse!
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: It helps get the word out and bring attention to the illness/disability! Far more people suffer from Migraines/NDPH than people realize.
30. One more thing I’d like to say about living with NDPH is: It teaches us how tough and strong we really are!
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