30 Things Meme

30 Things About My Life With Migraine

This is a reader-submitted story.

1. My diagnosis is: common migraine
2. My migraine attack frequency is: 6-15 per month or worse
3. I was diagnosed in: 1986
4. My comorbid conditions include: severe myopia due to being born a month premature, I also suffer from floaters, light flashes and halos in my eyes.
5. I take 1(amitriptyline) medications/supplements each day for prevention and 2(sumatriptan, co-codamol) medications/supplements to treat an acute attack
6. My first migraine attack was: 1985
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: The pain if I don’t manage to take sumatriptan/co-codamol in time.
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: slurred speech/grasping for the right words
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: weather, sleep, stress
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: Only when I feel pain.
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: the way it can wipe out a whole day or days.
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: taking pain medication and sumatriptan in time.
13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: yay a pain free day.
14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: oh poor you
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: oh god I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: I have only ever seen one advert for migraine medication on tv, I live in the UK.
17. My best coping tools are: painkillers, sumatriptan & if possible go to bed and try and sleep
18. I find comfort in: hot water bottle to the head.
19. I get angry when people say: oh I’m sure that’s just a headache.
20. I like it when people say: such a nasty condition.
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: make me admit I’m in agony and need to go home if I’m at work, or go to bed if I’m at home.
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: Don’t think I have anything, my doc isn’t that sympathetic.
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: It will ruin any plans you may have.
24. Migraine has taught me: Tomorrow is another day.
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: You will not win migraine.
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: Be prepared to deal with agonizing pain and vomiting.
27. The people who support me most are: my husband
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: the pain involved, people think its just a bad headache, how I wish that was true, I’ve never had anything but migraines.
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: People need to realize the amount of pain migraine can cause.
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: I am insanely stubborn in relation to my migraines, I refuse to give in to them unless I absolutely have to, at which time, the only thing I can do is go to bed and hope to sleep it off.

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