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You Know You’re a Migraineur if…

You know you’re a migraineur if…

  • If you’re jealous of the items in your freezer.
  • And so you’re looking at real estate in Siberia.
  • You’d rather vacation somewhere cold and dark, and quiet, too.
  • But it hardly matters anyway, because you create your own cave wherever you go!
  • If you identify with the life of a vampire.
  • And you identify with zombies, too, because you’re always wishing you could have a new brain.
  • And while we’re at it, you identify with the Incredible Hulk, because you never know when you may transform into the angry green monster. “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry,” might as well be, “You wouldn’t like me with a migraine.”
  • If you own enough accessories, sunglasses, hats, etc., to escape the paparazzi.
  • You’re prepared for an emergency, too. Your car, briefcase, or purse is a portable pharmacy.
  • If wrinkles are the least of your problems, but you still get Botox.
  • But maybe because you look so young and fabulous for your age, you can justify dressing like you’re trying to evade the paparazzi.
  • If whenever you accept an invitation, there is always a “what if” in the back of your head.
  • You think, “Planning ahead, what’s that?”
  • But though you can’t plan ahead most things, you can predict whenever there’s a storm coming.
  • If your pharmacist knows you by name and you’ve gotten very chummy.
  • She asks you rhetorically, “So, any headaches lately?” when you refill your medication for the third time that week!
  • But she likes talking to you because you know more about general headache medicine than most doctors.
  • If you have migraine amnesia: when you are in pain it can feel like there will be nothing else. But when you are pain free it’s as if pain never existed. And the cycle continues.
  • If you want to permanently delete the phrase “have you tried…?” from the English language.
  • And commercials for over-the-counter migraine remedies make you frustrated, because they don’t work for you.
  • It’s like the commercials and well-meaning acquaintances are taunting you.
  • Because you are already considering opening a shop to sell half empty vitamin bottles and half read books that didn’t help.
  • If you have all your doctors on “favorites” on your phone.
  • Speaking of phones, you notice that other people’s electronic devices look strangely bright, and you realize that you always have yours on the lowest setting.
  • And you realize you forgot to take your earplugs out, but things are still loud.
  • Where is the remote control for life?
  • Ow. Shhhhh….
  • If you misread things and can’t tell if it’s migraine brain or just the world mocking you.
  • For example, you see words like “plain” or “grain” and accidentally read them as “pain” or “migraine.”
  • Hope you have a plain-free day and be sure to eat your migraines!

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  • Holly
    3 years ago

    When I thought of the ‘silver lining’ I have to admit that my first thought was how bright that would be with a glare, but then I thought of when I smell odd things before a migraine and think, “at least it don’t smell like pee”. (that happened once)

  • DonnaFA moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Holly! You’re sure not alone! Many of us suffer from Olfactory Hallucinations. Mine are burnt toast and rotten potatoes – yuck! Why can it never be night blooming jasmine?

    Thanks for being part of the community! -All Best, Donna ( team)

  • marycr8on
    4 years ago

    I’m positive that without a sense of humor, I would have never made it this long. Positive thinking is the only way to go, especially when nothing else is working. We could all use a lot more articles like this! Thanks for the laugh relief Lisa, I really needed it today!

  • lwawro
    4 years ago

    Oh my gosh — this post is one reason why I always open my emails. Only another Migraineur can really get what my life is like. Thanks for making me feel a little more understood today.

  • kateymac
    4 years ago

    Wow! Perfect!!!

  • Melanzane
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the laugh! Not only do I get migraine brain, but I am also dyslexic. It can actually be quite amusing at times what my brain will concoct. Although I don’t think my coworker appreciated me calling her what’s her name numerous times today.

  • Luna
    4 years ago

    Oh what a great laugh. Thank you, Lisa. Kept saying ram instead of yam root yesterday. I’ve had bad reactions to 3 different anti-inflammatory herbs in the last few months. Have decided not to try anything different than my old friends no matter how highly they come recommended by science and users. My system is just too sensitive. The arthritis in my spine is really acting up this summer so was hoping for better relief. I have to keep looking for the silver lining and reason to laugh at self and situations. It’s a healthier way to live. Have a great day.

  • Lisa Robin Benson moderator author
    4 years ago

    Thanks so much, Luna! I’m glad I could provide you with a laugh. 🙂

    I’m sorry to hear about the arthritis and bad reactions. I tend to be sensitive to things, too. Maybe give your body some time to recover and re-think your plan then.

    Also yam/ram is pretty funny! It kinda makes sense to my migraine brain!

    Keep laughing,

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