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Living In "A Quiet Place"

Living In “A Quiet Place”

The film “A Quiet Place” revolves around a loving family who has learned to navigate a post-apocalyptic world in silence to avoid being killed. There is something terrifying out there that is keyed into every little noise so that even the smallest sound puts lives at risk. As I ruminated about this film in the days after seeing it, connections began to emerge for me between the movie and the reality of living with chronic migraine.

Migraines hate noise too

There are terrifying creatures in the movie who seem to hate noise. Whenever a sound arises, these creatures appear out of nowhere in an attempt to stamp it out, no matter the source. Migraines, if brought to life as monsters, would similarly hate noises, smells, lights, weather changes, hormones, stress, and more. Just like these creatures in the movie living in the shadows waiting for noise, it often feels that migraines are in the wings, waiting to react to one of many triggers.

Walking barefoot and stepping gingerly

In the movie, the family explores the world in bare feet to avoid making a sound. In the days following a bad migraine, I’ve literally found myself stepping gingerly, to avoid a heavy footstep reverberating and throbbing up into my skull. All of us who must navigate the world in the days following an intense migraine, must tiptoe through the world, hoping not to reawaken the attack. The movie captured this dynamic perfectly: a feeling of claustrophobia, trapped by the imposition of restrictions. Even if we might be able to avoid many, there are a number triggers that are out of our control. A change in the weather, a shift in hormones, no matter how careful we are, an attack can start all over again.

When coming off of an intense attack, we are forced to live in a quiet place. Our “quiet place” is likely also dark and odorless. All of us have experienced that terrible sense that any little movement, noise, stress, bright lights, or strong odor will cause the migraine monster to return and devour us.

The monster within

Unlike the movie, in which these creatures are out and about in the world, the migraine monster lives within us. It is an awful feeling to be carrying around something capable of causing such harm.

The wonder of this film is that it isn’t a classic horror film. The family is beautifully portrayed as a tight-knit, us-against-the-world crew fighting against all odds. This portrayal makes us love them and root for their survival. I’ve never cried before while watching a scary movie. When it comes to migraine, the quality of our lives is at stake. We simply want to live, untethered by pain or the fear of an always lurking migraine.

Do you ever feel as if you are living in a quiet place?

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  • flowereden
    2 years ago

    Very very well written n defined..
    This is my life ,I love to live the fullest but u know……

  • Holly Harding Baddour moderator author
    2 years ago

    So glad to hear this resonated with you. Such a worthy goal to live life to the fullest, and to embrace all it has to offer. Yet challenging to do in the face of migraine, but still, we must try.

    With you in this, and very happy you’re a part of our community.

  • Dn2292
    2 years ago

    My wife saw the trailer and immediately came into my dark/quiet room and described the movie to me. She said it was a description of our life with my headaches the past 2 decades.

  • Holly Harding Baddour moderator author
    2 years ago

    That’s fascinating to hear- I’m glad I’m not the only one to have seen the correlations! Sounds like you’re on quite a long migraine journey. Very glad you’re a part of our community. Please keep in touch.

  • bwi327
    2 years ago

    My worst trigger is weather change. I feel as if I have no defense. Even if I do everything “right” , I’m defenseless. Even if I’m “ very quiet” the monster can appear….

  • Holly Harding Baddour moderator author
    2 years ago

    Weather is a very common trigger. And, yes, one that’s not at all in our control so an incredibly frustrating one. We have many articles on the topic ( including the story of one of our contributors who moved to a different climate in search of calmer skies: . Thanks for chiming in!

  • Holly Harding Baddour moderator author
    2 years ago

    @deana – What a wonderful idea and concept! Thanks so much for sharing this with our community.

    In order to get this in front of more people, you might want to do one (or both) of the following:

    First, you can place an overview about the idea in our Q&A page asking if anyone would be interested in the concept/learning more (if so, they can contact you through your member page):

    Additionally, you could write an overview of the concept for our stories page which would offer another way for members to be able to see this approach.

    Thanks again for sharing this!

  • Deana
    2 years ago

    I’m trying to create a concept of specifically migraine related supportive living environments and when I inquired of Paula Dumas about resources, she asked me to write this guest post: I’m not supposed to put contact info here so hopefully you can get my contact info from my account here? Would love to hear from you or anyone else who’s interested!

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