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How has migraine impacted relationships in your life?


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  • bluesguy
    2 months ago

    Chronic migraine (and related/comorbid illnesses) affect all of my relationships. It is sad. I used to be very out going, always busy, social, active in a variety of groups. Now I feel too ill to be social much of the time. This has affected family relationships, friendships, work, primary, long term, partnership, and the like. It is quite bewildering.

  • SanFrancisco
    2 months ago

    Blues guy: when I read your post, I felt like I was reading my own story. I know exactly how you feel and I’m sorry, truly. We severe chronic pain people sufferer so much. I’m daily; I’m guessing you are too. I feel like if I was a pet, I would’ve been put out of my misery long ago (out of kindness and compassion) but bc we are human, we must endure this misery. It’s just not fair. BUT after seeing every head pain clinic, zillions of neuro’s and pain docs and I’ve tried every drug, Botox, trigger point injections, ketamine and lidocaine infusions, nerve blocks, etc. Mostly all were ineffective. The ketamine infusions however are very helpful but also very controversial so the availability will depend on where you live. It’s also being used for major depressive disorder, very successfully. But I can’t separate the migraines from the depression or anxiety – it’s all one disorder to me. Ok, during the ketamine infusions tho, you dissociate (feels like you leave your body) which some people love but I find a little frightening – but worth it. Also ketamine infusions are $$$. But there’s a new drug approved for depression that’s called Esketamine and it’s in a nasal spray – not as effective as an infusion but it’s something that may be easier to get a prescription for than trying to get your insurance to pay $9,000 for a 5 day infusion (ridiculous).
    Finally what I found that REALLY HELPS is a product on Amazon that has choline, inositol, and PABA plus B’s and C vitamins and it’s $13 for a one month supply. You can find it on Amazon, it’s called: “Natures Wellness
    Vitamin B Complex Stress Relief”. It’s really improved my anxiety, depression, and PAIN!! And I actually have ENERGY which I’ve been missing forever. I’ve had this condition for over 30 years and nothing has ever given me this much relief. The improvement appears over 2-3 days! I’m now working on my severely neglected family relationships but friends no, I lost them a long time ago. I’m not cured by any means, but it’s given me some needed relief. Good luck to you, I will pray you find relief.

  • migraineman
    2 months ago

    Hey San Francisco, Sorry it took me so long to reply. I have been down for the count for several days. Thanks so much for your inspiring note. It means so much to me to have that kind of feed back. That was so compassionate of you. I appreciate you very much. I will discuss some of these options with my doctors.
    I too have tried so many things; various nerve blocks, botox, anti seizure meds, TCAs, BP meds, triptans, and some herbal supplements. The ketamine products sounds potentially beneficial.
    I agree with you, the depression, anxiety, and migraines do blur into a painful soup. I am daily chronic too. I hope the best for you, and thank you so much for everything.

  • mmm253
    1 year ago

    Does anyone have links to good reading resources for care givers? My wife has had daily chronic migraines for the last 8 years that have pretty much resigned her to the bed or stuck in the house. Trying to figure out how to make the most of a difficult situation, bring us closer together and develop habits for me to be as supportive as I can be while maintaining a healthy perspective/outlook.

    Signed – committed husband

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi there,
    Thanks for reaching out. Here are some articles you may find useful surrounding the topic of caregiving.
    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/thoughts-caregiver/
    https://migraine.com/blog/caregivers-perspective/
    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/caregiver-tips/
    https://migraine.com/blog/interview-migraineur-caregiver/

    Additionally, feel free to join in on any conversations in our forums section, which you can find here.

    Always feel free to reach out!

  • Kimberly
    1 year ago

    I’ve had migraines since I was 5,they became daily, chronic, intaractible migraines at 16 yrs of age. I’m now 48. So, 43 years with migraines is truly tough. Am i used to them? Let me say when I have a almost 24 hour pain free day, I’m shocked!
    My partner is fairly supportive on my mild migraines, due to my anal ability to push myself to function and be a part of everything. When he gets stressed with work and I’m down with a major migraine, he gets cranky! Yes, I said, he gets cranky! I know he doesn’t like to see me in pain, vomitting, dizziness, not eating, cant drive, not able to move out of bed. He feels helpless! I plainly remind him that I did not ask for this trial, yet if he’s helpful and more supportive, it makes it easier to get through it. Today, I still have a mild migraine, yet the worst part of today is the migraine hangover. Nothing helps…

  • Ransom
    1 year ago

    They have pretty much killed my social life. My weekends start with a pounding headache and nausea. I love to be outdoors, but am stuck inside and depressed. I will still try to go out, but usually end up heading home after a few hours.
    I gave up dating, because you can’t expect someone to keep trying to spend time with you, when you are always saying you have a headache and turning them down.
    I am pretty much alone, except for my dogs and cat, and sometimes I can’t even interact with them as much as I would like.

  • Tamara
    1 year ago

    Had migraines for years, and now to the point at 29 years I had to sell my house and move in with my mom. Since she is retired and on fixed income I will be living with her until she is gone. This means the ability to date and find someone is crushed …. and I can barely keep myself alive let alone work on a relationship ….. guess I will die an old maid, oh well.

  • Ransom
    1 year ago

    I have gotten to the point where I am just accepting that as well. I worked with a man that I had a good friendship with. He left the job and wanted to spend time with me. I really like him. He is attractive and fun. The day we were to go out, he had the whole day planned for us. I ended up with a headache and cancelled. Then he didn’t talk to me for awhile. He thought I just didn’t want to hang out with him. I don’t want to give lame excuses. I would feel the same way if I liked a guy and every time we were to get together he said he didn’t feel well. I would feel rejected too.

  • hendojen
    1 year ago

    Iam burdend by 2 negetive diseases a autoimune disease called scerloderma ,and chonic headaches. My husband is very,very suportive,being very active people ,there is only so much tolerence on both sides.

  • Ransom
    1 year ago

    I’m sorry for you having to deal with that. Your husband sounds great, but that is part of the marriage vows after all. In sickness and health. I know what your saying, though.

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