30 Things Meme

30 things about My life with Migraine.

This is a reader-submitted story.

1. My diagnosis is: Chronic Migraine
2. My migraine attack frequency is: Daily
3. I was diagnosed in: 1977
4. My comorbid conditions include: Tension Headaches, Fibromyalgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and TMJD
5. I take 3 different medications/supplements each day for prevention and treatment. Also 3 different medications/supplements to treat an acute attack
6. My first migraine attack was: My mother and I both believe was at age 18 months
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: Sensitivity to sound/ Light, Extreme Pain, and Nausea
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: Phantom Smells, vertigo
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: Weather, Loud noises and bright lights
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: I have frequent Yawning, visual disturbances, and or phantom smells
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: Feeling helpless or lazy
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: Missing out on life
13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: Knock on Wood!
14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: Judgement, Disbelief, or just disinterest
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: Depends on if I Know them. If I KNOW they truly have Migraines, Sincere Empathy. otherwise, I sometimes think THEY don’t really understand what a Migraine is
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: Pftt. I wish that worked!
17. My best coping tools are: essential oils, self relaxation, being quite, and lastly, mostly as a last resort, medicating
18. I find comfort in: online support groups
19. I get angry when people say: Have you tried Goody powders? or Excedrin, or the Green smoothie?
20. I like it when people say: That sucks. Feel better
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: Acknowledge that I am NOT faking or looking for attention. Fix me a drink (soda), or bring my meds or coping tools to me.
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: Wow! You really have tried it all! Lets see what we can do to help you
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: There will Always be people that do NOT understand, or do not believe me.
24. Migraine has taught me: Life isn’t Fair
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: Breathe! Just Keep Breathing.
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: This is a real Dx, You did Not ask for this, and you are NOT a burden
27. The people who support me most are: My Partner and online friends
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: It is so much more than just a Headache, even a Bad Headache
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: I suffer and so do a LOT of my friends. Many just do NOT get it.
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: If you LOVE me, then you have to accept that whether I like it or not (and I do NOT), I have Chronic Migraines. I only want acceptance.

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