I am exploring mindfulness, spirituality, and the power of thought as a potential way to reduce my migraines. I am curious to know if anyone else has had success in these areas and what they did to reduce or maybe manage their pain and the associated symptoms that come with chronic migraines.
At one time, this topic would have triggered me. If anyone dared to tell me that my migraines might be in my head I would lose my mind. I think it is important that when discussing this to remember that this statement doesn't mean "it's my fault and if I stopped thinking about x they would stop" it's more "is there a component to my migraines that comes from my emotions, my psyche, my brain?"
What I have come to learn, so far, is that I have a lot of fear built up around my migraines. It has been 30 years. I am done with feeling sick, having sore eyes, feeling dopey either from medication or the brain fog that comes with my migraines. From my experiences I have learned to keep my guard up. I am often anxious about when the next time a migraine might come, if I am blessed to not have one, and when I do have one I am focussed on not making it worse.
I am learning, through mindfulness, to be present, to take some deep breaths, and relax (this sounds easier than it is, especially during a severe migraine). I will take medication and put on a guided meditation which relaxes my whole body and allows the medication to work.
Then there is spirituality. I am not religious. I believe that there is something bigger out there that connects us all, an energy, an essence, a presence. I believe we are all connected by this energy and this energy can help us live life in the most fulfilling way. I came to this belief because I feel the emotions and feelings of others and I wonder if this is part of that energy. Throughout my life I have felt overwhelmed when around those who are struggling. I wonder if my migraines are a way to stop the overflow of emotions, almost a guard rail to keep them back. I have found that when in community with others who share my spiritual beliefs, I get relief from my migraines. I wonder, is this a placebo effect or is it real?
I am not sure. I am curious to hear the stories of others and what you believe.