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Coming into my own– Accepting my Migraines

Hi world– Hi Migraineurs.

I don’t really remember my life without migraines.

I started experiencing them when I was five and saw my first neurologist at seven.

I definitely remember having them at that age. I remember the zig zag pattern on the living room couch. I memorized that pattern when I’d lay with ice on my forehead, my face against the cushions, too nauseated to look at the tv.

I remember missing the Fourth of July in 1996. I got overheated in the sun and before I knew it I was benched for the night.

Oh and then there was that time I threw up at the Jennings Christmas Eve party in 1997 (I am glad Santa overlooked that grievance.)

The migraines became more frequent until they met my new teenage hormones and then became daily.

I went to college– but had to come back because of uncontrollable migraines. My headaches are now doing better. I work from home (I am not strong enough to work a regular 9-5), I have a boyfriend and family that understands me and my migraines .

A friend asked me how I do this.. how we migraineurs do this?

I said “You just do.” For me, this is all I have known.

Yes it sucks, it is painful, I have cried and cried and cried all over again about it. But on the other hand, I would not be who I am if I had not had this trial.

I will keep looking for the right cure and I won’t stop. I’ve been to the Mayo Clinic, Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute and Emory searching for relief and answers. I talked to my Doctor about radiofrequency ablation today. I definitely had never heard of that until a few months ago, so you never know where relief could be! No matter what though, I will try and look at my migraines and this journey as an adventure.

Love and light everyone.
Thanks for taking the time to read my story.

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  • mcupp
    2 years ago

    Can you tell me any more about your experience at the Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute/

  • Nora M author
    5 years ago

    Hi Margaret. Thanks for you kind words. It is really heartening to hear that you live migraine free. Thanks for the link. 🙂

  • margaret
    5 years ago

    Hi Nora, I’m glad to hear that you have the persistance to keep trying to find a cure for your migraines. I suffered from severe migraines for several years and received treatment and now I’m migraine free. This treatment worked for me when nothing else would and you can decide for yourself if you want to go this route. Here is a link to an article about the treatment. Please keep in mind that you can’t get the same treatment anywhere else but through him. Good luck to you and I truly wish you all the best and I hope that you become migraine free with whatever way works for you.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    You have a great attitude about your situation! I’m sure it’s taken a few years to get to this place though. You are definitely making the best of it by working and having a relationship. These are things a lot of migraineurs can’t manage.

    I’ve never had a never ablation, so I can’t give you an opinion. But I’m glad you continue to search for ways to manage your headaches. Because when we stop searching, the headaches win.

    As with any surgery, just make sure you understand all the risks and feel comfortable with your doctor.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Nora M author
    5 years ago

    Hey Katie,

    Yes, it has taken me a looong time to get to a point of acceptance with my migraines. But for me, if I can’t try and be a little positive then I let the migraines win. I am in pain a lot, and it affects my everyday. I find that if I try to just shake it off, I can handle it better. But trust me, I definitely have days where I just break down and cry to my mom or boyfriend or random Batista at Starbucks!

    I agree, if we stop searching, the migraines win.

    Thanks for reading! 🙂

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