30 Things About Nancy’s Migraines

  1. My diagnosis is: Chronic migraine, post-traumatic headache.
  2. My migraine attack frequency is: Three to four times a week.
  3. I was diagnosed in: 1997 after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
  4. My comorbid conditions include: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, Sjogren’s syndrome, Raynauds, Fibromyalgia, Lupus.
  5. I take 12 medications/supplements each day for prevention and 2 medications/supplements to treat an acute attack.
  6. My first migraine attack was: When I began menses around 1972.
  7. My most disabling migraine symptoms are: Pain and nausea both can be extremely debilitating.
  8. My strangest migraine symptoms are: Frequent urination and yawning during prodrome.
  9. My biggest migraine triggers are: Raw onions, MSG, smoke, changes in sleeping patterns, dehydration, skipping meals, fluctuating hormones.
  10. I know a migraine attack is coming on when: I get very irritable, cranky and depressed.
  11. The most frustrating part about having a migraine attack is: Not being able to stop it. 
  12. During a migraine attack, I worry most about: Stopping the pain.
  13. When I think about migraine between attacks, I think: I try not to think about migraine between attacks, but if the thought creeps in I hope my medication will abort the next attack
  14. When I tell someone I have migraine, the response is usually: Met with sympathy.
  15. When someone tells me they have migraine, I think: I understand and wonder if there is any way I can help them.
  16. When I see commercials about migraine treatments, I think: More research is needed.
  17. My best coping tools are: Ever changing
  18. Ifind comfort in: My bed and pajamas.
  19. I get angry when people say: I’ve tried EVERYTHING and NOTHING works.
  20. I like it when people say: I’m open to lifestyle changes to help with attack severity and frequency.
  21. Something kind someone can do for me during a migraine attack is: Be kind to me.
  22. The best thing(s) a doctor has ever said to me about migraine is: “I think you know more about migraine than I do.”
  23. The hardest thing to accept about having migraine is: My limitations and how different my life is with migraine.
  24. Migraine has taught me: Life is not about fairness, but life is lived.
  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: It’s going to be a long haul.
  27. The people who support me most are: My children and family.
  28. The thing I most wish people understood about migraine is: It’s so much more than a headache.
  29. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is important to me because: It’s vital for public to understand how debilitating migraine can be and how negatively it can impact someone’s life.
  30. One more thing I’d like to say about life with migraine is: Finding a good support network is an important component of a migraine treatment plan.

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