30 Things Meme

30 Things About My Life With Migraine

This is a reader-submitted story.

1. My diagnosis is: migraines
2. My migraine attack frequency is: approximately once a month right now; has been as much as 2-3x/week
3. I was diagnosed in: 1992
4. My comorbid conditions include: GAD, Factor V Leiden, Ischemic Colitis
5. I take __0__ medications/supplements each day for prevention and _2-3___ medications/supplements to treat an acute attack
6. My first migraine attack was: when I was 12-years-old and sitting in my English class…threw up everywhere 🙂
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: severe pain, light sensitivity, exhaustion
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: confusion, not being able to put words into sentences, misusing words
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: preservatives, sugar, hormones, weather changes
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: I get an aura in one of my eyes; kind of looks like the fuzziness on a TV without a signal
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: unpredictability. I never know when they are going to happen. “Good morning! You’re about to call in sick to work….again.”
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: work, what others are thinking about me (i.e. slacker, faker, etc.), my son’s perception of my health
13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: I focus on showing/demonstrating that I can carry my weight and be successful.
14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: sympathetic and understanding
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: how sad; I wish no one else would have to go through it.
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: Maybe that would work, but then I’m scared to try it.
17. My best coping tools are: sleep, my hubby and son, losing myself in TV, heat, sunglasses, window treatments, joking about what I’m experiencing
18. I find comfort in: that it could be, and has been, much worse
19. I get angry when people say: migraines aren’t that bad
20. I like it when people say: they get it
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: Can I put pillows over the windows for you? (makes it that much darker)
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: You’re one of the most motivated patients we’ve had (in response to the work I did identifying my triggers)
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: again, the unpredictability; along with guilt about not meeting expectations and shame for thinking something is wrong with me.
24. Migraine has taught me: to live in the moment
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: It will be better soon.
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: to be patient and practice self-compassion
27. The people who support me most are: my hubby b/c he bears the brunt of everything when I’m down and out
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: how difficult it is to function after a migraine. It can be just as debilitating as the actual migraine.
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: I needed to know I’m not alone
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: It sucks, but I like to think it has made me a more compassionate and understanding person. Good things, right?

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