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1. My diagnosis is: Migraine with aura
2. My migraine attack frequency is: about once a month
3. I was diagnosed in: 1984
4. My comorbid conditions include:
5. I take _3_ medications/supplements each day for prevention and 1__ medications/supplements to treat an acute attack
6. My first migraine attack was: 1977
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: blindness, confusion, word scramble
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: see above
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: perfumes, scents, lack of sleep, hunger, stress
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: I start to get blind spots
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: the unpredictability, loss of activity
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: how bad will the pain get
13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: I try not to think about them
14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: I don’t really talk about them
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: oh you poor thing!
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: yeah.. Tried it!
17. My best coping tools are: breathe, yoga
18. I find comfort in:
19. I get angry when people say:
20. I like it when people say: I’m sorry you get migraines
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: rub my head
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: I’m also a sufferer
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: there is no cure
24. Migraine has taught me: I am not always in control and to go with the flow.
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: just breathe and they all end.
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: keep looking for a doc who specializes in migraine
27. The people who support me most are: my husband and daughters
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: it’s a physical disease
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because:
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: it’s a ROYAL PAIN!!