This is a reader-submitted story.
My diagnosis is: Migraine with aura.
2. My migraine attack frequency is: varies from 2 a month to 15 a month.
3. I was diagnosed in: 1952
4. My comorbid conditions include: tiredness
5. I take _no___ medications/supplements each day for prevention and _no___ medications/supplements to treat an acute attack
6. My first migraine attack was: in the winter of 1952
7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: losing vision
8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: losing vision since it doesn’t happen often
9. My biggest migraine triggers are: sometimes stress, but that’s a toughie to figure out
10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: when the dark spot occurs
11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: the time it takes to get over it
12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: nothing. I can stop them.
13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: I hope I don’t get another one.
14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: Go take care of it.
15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: I wonder what kind it is.
16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: Poor folks have to take them.
17. My best coping tools are: My own technique. Never get headaches anymore.
18. I find comfort in: that I know I’ll never have migraine pain again.
19. I get angry when people say: Take aspirin or Tylenol. If those stop a migraine–it’s a mild one
20. I like it when people say: You’re lucky you can avoid the pain.
21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: let me take 30 minutes to get rid of it.
22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: nothing we can do (years ago)
23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: People don’t realize how bad they are if they’ve never had one.
24. Migraine has taught me: how to stop them. I am very fortunate.
25. The quotation, motto, mantra, or scripture that gets me through an attack is: Don’t have one.
26. If I could go back to the early days of my diagnosis, I would tell myself: You can stop these.
27. The people who support me most are: My wife and other migraineurs.
28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: MWA can be stopped.
29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: I love to read about it…more written then.
30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: It was bad before I learned to stop them.
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