This is a reader-submitted story. Want to share your 30 Things? Here’s how: Migraine & Headache Disorders 30 Things Meme.
1. My diagnosis is: migraines
2. My migraine attack frequency is: monthly
3. I was diagnosed in: I can’t remember but I was very young.
4. My comorbid conditions include: ???
5. I take ____ medications/supplements each day for prevention and ____ medications/supplements to treat an acute attack I used to take Topamax as a preventative but stopped because of the side effects. Now I take Maxalt when I feel a migraine coming on.
6. My first migraine attack was: maybe I was 10 or so?
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: the pain around my eyes, sensitivity to light and sound.
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: don’t know, mine aren’t really strange.
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: stress and hormones
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: my eyes start to water
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: people think you are faking.
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: getting my work done.
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: oh, I have headaches all the time–migraine isn’t just a headache, people!
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: you poor thing…go lay down!
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: oh boy, here we go again!
17. My best coping tools are: a dark room, my ice pack and my lavender eye pillow.
18. I find comfort in: sleep
19. I get angry when people say: Can’t you just take a pill?
20. I like it when people say: go to bed!
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: leave me alone
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: this shot will make you feel better!
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: how debilitating it can be.
24. Migraine has taught me: to catch it early
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: This too, shall pass.
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: don’t know this one.
27. The people who support me most are: my hubby, my sons, and my BFF
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: it’s not just a headache.
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: I suffer.
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: It’s hard.
Reader-submitted stories solely represent the personal point of view, experience, and opinion of the author, not of The Daily Headache or Kerrie Smyres.