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Hope Springs Eternal

April may be the sweetest month. The weather is lovely, flowers are abloom, and baseball season has begun. I learned to love baseball the summer a diagnostic lumbar puncture (a.k.a. spinal tap) headache rendered me horizontal for three weeks, thus forever intertwining migraine and baseball in my life.

Baseball is a spring of eternal optimism, as anything can happen in a new season. Last year, the previous decade, or even a 100+ year curse fall by the wayside. Teams bring out new players, switch up lineups, and try new coaching strategies, all in the effort to bring about a winning season. In April, each win is a triumph, but a loss is minor. “The season is long,” fans say, “they have plenty of time to turn things around.”

Life with migraine is much the same. There are hundreds of medications, supplements and treatments possible. Even when it feels like you’re as cursed as the Cubs, you persevere because there’s always something new-to-you to try. Whether it is a prescription drug, supplement, acupuncture, transcranial magnetic stimulation, or one of the other numerous possibilities, each treatment represents a potential turnaround. Not every treatment will work. Strikeouts and losses are part of the game in both baseball and medicine.

Like most migraineurs, I hope each new medication or therapy will be a homerun. Out-of-the-park blasts are spectacular, but they also infrequent. Base hits, while not as flashy, are perhaps more important. The singles and stolen bases lead to runs, which add up to win games. This so-called “small ball” has been my saving grace. With a combination of a preventive medication cocktail, diet, exercise, and mindfulness I’m winning a lot of games.

I’ve experienced some abysmal years, both as a baseball fan and a chronic migraineur. There’s great comfort in knowing you don’t have to win every game in a season to have a winning record – you just have to win more than you lose.

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  • tracey
    4 years ago

    The hardest thing i find is that it is not that easy finding doctors that know alot about migraines here in Australia after suffering for the last 20 years with them getting so bad the last 4 years to nearly every day it is only the last 6 months that i have found a wonderful doctor who is up to date with all the latest treatments and now i am only getting one about every 2 weeks now.Also finding this site has also helped me so much so thank you feel that I am at long last on the road to enjoying life again

  • Danielle E.
    6 years ago

    Wow! I love this analogy. Not only does it help me better understand my treatment, but it’s great for helping my loved ones understand too. I just love it!!

  • arden
    6 years ago

    Just learning that one aspect of the syndrome is that sometimes it goes into remission (fewer and less intense headaches) and then came return with a vengeance. I have fooled myself at times thinking I was getting cured. But now I realize there is a roller coaster like graph that plots the migraine time line. If it goes steadily up over time,however, I think we can truly rejoice.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Wonderfully put, Kerrie. Thank you!

  • Kerrie Smyres moderator author
    6 years ago

    Thanks, Nancy!

  • lk26
    6 years ago

    Congrats on all your stats. I too am an avid baseball fan but had never thought of putting things in your perspective. What a great anology! Now I will have to research some of my prior seasons and calculate my stats. Very positive spin, thanks for sharing.

  • Kerrie Smyres moderator author
    6 years ago

    I’m so glad the analogy resonates with you. There’s no sports fan more optimistic than a baseball fan! Best wishes for a winning season, both for your team and your migraine journey.

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