Migraine Crisis? Get Help.

Are you having a crisis with your Migraines? It happens. It happens all too often. We’re here to provide you with educational content so you can learn more about your Migraines, and we’re here to offer you all the support we can.

There are, however, times when you may need support that’s beyond what we can offer you via our site. I really hate it that Migraines can push us so far, and nobody likes to talk about it, but there are time when Migraines can bring people to the point of wanting to harm themselves or even take their lives. I understand those feelings, partly because I’ve had them myself.

Migraine.com doesn’t have a crisis line for you to call, and we’re not trained in counseling people who are in such a crisis, but we do care. If you find yourself contemplating harming yourself or taking your life, please find someone to talk with immediately. It can be a family member, friend, member of your church, clergy, a doctor or therapist. This is extremely important. When we’re in that kind of dark place, we have trouble seeing that things can and will get better. That’s why we need to have someone to talk with.

There are also “hotlines” with counselors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These counselors will listen without judging and can talk with you about what you’re going through and what you’re feeling. Here are some numbers:

  • 1-800-273-TALK
  • 1-800-SUICIDE
  • The Boys and Girls Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000

If you would need professional help immediately, remember that it’s nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. You can:

  • call 911 or
  • go to the closest emergency room.

Some other points to keep in mind:

  • Migraine and depression are often comorbid diseases. That means that we can have them both at the same time, but neither causes the other.
  • Depression is treatable. Even better, many antidepressant medications can also work as Migraine preventives.
  • If you find yourself feeling depressed or anxious or even having panic attacks during a Migraine attack or for a couple of days before a Migraine, keep in mind that those feelings could actually be Migraine symptoms. They can begin during the prodrome phase of the Migraine, which can begin a few days before the aura or headache phases. You can find more on this in Migraine Phases.

Please know that you can post on Migraine.com about how you’re feeling, and we’ll help you all we can, but there are limits to how effective online support can be. I want you to have the information and phone numbers above in case those feelings become a crisis and you need more help than we can offer you. We want you to be safe as you continue your journey toward better Migraine management.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The Migraine.com team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

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  • libbyloop
    2 years ago

    I wish I didn’t have to be suicidal to get over the phone counseling or support. Why not a migraine help line? I really need to talk to someone when I am down and feeling hopeless especially during a migraine. I am unable to use a computer when I’m in the midst of one. Would also like a support group but there aren’t any in my area and no Meetup groups either. Are ther any advocates working on this that I might help? I am newly diagnosed and while I am relieved to have a diagnosis I get very down about my current situation AND my future. Being a “newbe” I don’t feel qualified enough to start a group in my area nor do I have the energy.

  • migrainebgone
    5 years ago

    There is new documented connection between migraine headache with mood change, vertigo, weakness, cold/chills, flu like symptoms that are related to teratoma’s ( tumors containing human tissue). Often found in ovarian tumors, brain, or other parts of the body. It’s thought that the teratoma contains tissue that the body attacks as foreign, which can attack the brain. It can cause coma and death in some severe cases if not removed. I have been telling my physicians for years that it feels like I’m dying and my brain is being attacked, I have a history of ovarian cyst which I have long felt are related to migraine/ hormones. I am going to be tested for this next month…just want to spread the word. Google teratoma and migraines.

  • Newdancerco
    5 years ago

    When do we say enough? I’ve been diagnosed with chronic daily migraine since I was 19, almost 20 years ago. Neurologists, headache, pain, and migraine specialists from 4 states have failed to find a solution. I have pain pretty much every single day, with many ending in the 7+ region, and nothing really stops them.
    How can I take an abortive “at the first sign of an attack” when I wake up in pain, live in pain, and eventually fall asleep despite it each day? There is no “first sign” because there is no beginning, no end. Ever.
    I take a laundry list of medications trying to control the CM and chronic depression, most recently with anxiety. This includes Botox, and has included occipital blocks.
    I’m out of ideas, out of options. Out of hope, too, for that matter. I have a child that it could be argued needs me, but I’m not there anyway- I’m wishing i could be curled up under the covers in the dark.
    When is it enough? When have we suffered enough without hope or possibility of relief?
    I’m out of options

  • Tammy Rome
    5 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear that you have not had any positive results to improve your migraine management. Your post takes me back a few years ago when my health (and mood) took a nosedive. I can certainly relate to your frustration and feeling of desperation. What I’d like to tell you is that there is always hope, always one more option to try, one more doctor to consult. It may feel impossible right now, but I assure you it is true. Have the doctors you’ve seen been board certified in headache medicine? If not, that may be part of the problem. Another possible issue is a correct diagnosis. There are many different types of headaches that can mimic the symptoms of migraine. There are also co-morbid conditions which, if left untreated, may prevent the traditional migraine treatments from working. Please don’t give up. Write back and let me know how you are doing.

  • Kimberly Klein
    7 years ago

    So very glad for this site and the information on it. Right now I’ve been fighting a migraine for over a month. I’ve missed so many days of work and been to so many dr’s and tried so many pills I’m about to give up, I just don’t know what to do anymore. Thank God I have very supportive family and friends. Also, thanks for letting me vent.

  • Lisa Jurcich Kovach
    7 years ago

    It’s so good knowing that there is a place where I can come and feel so understood by others who know how I feel, and what I am going thru. I have learned so much by reading the articles here too. I have spent so much time here, and just want to thank you for creating this awesome site so more of us can get the much needed help we need. Thank you! <3~

  • Gail CW Perlman
    7 years ago

    really glad for you that there is such a site – you really have to learn about your disease and ask, ask, ask. You have to be your own advocate.

  • Meg Claudio
    7 years ago

    I appreciate just being validated, so few folks understand Migraines, nevermind Chronic Migraine! It’s not just a headache.

  • Janene Zielinski
    7 years ago

    Thanks Teri for your good words. I can tell you are a very caring person.

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