I have been diagnosed with chronic migraines for about 8 years now, and have started a new (and technically my first real) treatment plan just this last year. I am currently a college student, and I honestly thought I would have already figured out my migraines at this point. But, as a lot of you may know, life isn't always that simple. I am seeing a bit of progress in some areas with my new treatment, but I'm also seeing some new issues arise. One of them is the emotional baggage that comes with chronic migraines. I have spent years avoiding that side, but it's finally catching up to me and it's impossible to ignore. During the past 2 years, I really struggled with anger and frustration because I didn't understand my health and I felt way too dependent on my family and friends. I'm finally learning how to accept my migraines, but that still doesn't help the feelings of isolation and guilt I sometime have. Sometimes I get mad not necessarily at the pain, but just at the inconvenience. I'm the kind of person who likes to be busy, to be independent--which makes just the idea of migraines an absolute nightmare. And being a college student, it sometimes messes me mentally. Just the fact that I have to live very differently than my friends, and not being able to go on spontaneous trips, or staying up late or eating whatever I want--it all just sucks sometimes. And I don't personally know anyone else with chronic migraines, so I don't always feel super comfortable talking about this stuff with most of my friends and family.
So, I decided to look into different places to find not just a support group, but I guess a community too. Just a place to talk to other people who can understand my rambling, and a place to hear other's perspectives and advice.