What It's Like Living With Migraines

by - Monday, October 01, 2018

I've been living with migraines since I was 14, roughly 3 years after I got my first dose of Mother Nature. However, I didn't get officially diagnosed until I was 18 after my dear mom dragged me to the pediatrician concerned that I was essentially ingesting half a bottle of Advil/Excedrin/Aleve/Tylenol every time I had a headache. Living with migraines might be different from what everyone thinks, and here's why.

It's not "just a headache" 
When I get a migraine, it feels different every time. It can range from throbbing pain that renders me very sensitive to light and sound, to a dull ache that can only be cured via ice packs on my head. I've even tried applying heat to my head in order to at least try to cull the pain. Basically, think of the most painful headache you've ever had but multiply that by 10.

It can strike at any time
I've had migraines at home, migraines out, migraines at school, even migraines on vacation. It's terrible when all you want to do is spend time with family but you've got a killer migraine that renders you useless.

Regular old OTC medication doesn't do the trick
Unfortunately, migraines are not cured by 4-6 Paracetamol/Tylenol pills. I have to take two rescue pills which are essentially very strong painkillers (even stronger than Tylenol) and those have some side effects that are not pleasant.

It can be triggered by anything
So far, I have determined a few triggers of my migraines and those are aged cheese (rip dream cheese board), going outside in the heat, storms, neck pain and general hormones. Unfortunately, those are the only triggers I can outright identify. The rest of it is still up in the air.

Always having your rescue medicine on hand
If you don't have your rescue medicine on hand, you're in for a bad time. I have my rescue meds chucked away in a little "necessities" bag which also contains stuff for Mother Nature's time.

Despite how painful and unpleasant migraines are, they can be solved with a few things. I've recently discovered a migraine yoga by Yoga with Adriene, and it helped a bit. Drinking a lot of water and exercising also helps (I try to work out 4 times a week. No time limit, just get in either a 30-minute workout or even a quick 12-minute workout will do). Unfortunately, because I have no idea what my stressors are, I can't help with that, but if you're lucky enough to know what your stressors are, try to stay away from them or try to partake in them minimally.

Do you suffer from migraines?

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