This is a reader-submitted story.
1. My diagnosis is: chronic migraine without aura
2. My migraine attack frequency is: 3 -6 month
3. I was diagnosed in: 1980
4. My comorbid conditions include: depression, arthritis
5. I take __2__ medications/supplements each day for prevention and ___4_ medications/supplements to treat an acute attack (not all at once)
6. My first migraine attack was: when I was pregnant at 19
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: pain
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: fatigue
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: MSG, bright sunlight, extreme heat or cold.
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when:
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: missing out on fun with family
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: how long it will last and if the medication will work.
13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: when will the next one be? How can I plan?
14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: sympathy…
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: how horrible for you!
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: should I ask my dr about this or is it a hoax?
17. My best coping tools are: prayer, sleep, darkness, quiet
18. I find comfort in: a soft blanket, scripture
19. I get angry when people say: you just need to drink more water
20. I like it when people say: you must be a strong person to have raised. 6 children while suffering migraines .
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: massage my neck.
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: we just have to try different things until we find what works for you. But we Will help you.
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: it is unpredictable.
24. Migraine has taught me: life cannot be planned 100%
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: “Bless The Lord, O My Soul, and all that is with in me praise His Holy name”
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: this will be a journey
27. The people who support me most are: my husband!
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: just how painful it is
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: it recognizes the importance of my condition .
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: it is much better because of preventative medication. I hoped they would stop after hysterectomy but didn’t. So I may always have them?
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