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Migraines and College Life

Looking back in the past, I never thought that migraines had such a huge impact on my life. Back when I was in high school, I missed 3 months of school straight because I was in and out of the hospital, that’s when I knew that my migraines were bad. I’ve been suffering with them since I was 9 but every timed I told my mom or went to the nurse at school, they thought I just wanted to leave school and sent me back to class. My youth years(middle school years) my doctor thought my period triggered my ‘headaches.’ But all that is over, time to dwell on the present. My freshman year of college is when my migraines got worse, couldn’t go to class, I could barley do any assignment and I couldn’t even open my eyes on most days. I was at a prestigious school in my state, like at the top, but my grades drop I had to leave school. Ended up at the community college down the street from the school, grades were going up. Now I’m back in my hometown going to school, migraines or somewhat controllable but that’s only because I’m back and forth to the doctor, I practically live there. I moved from the university I was going to, to back home. It’s like when I see my friends from school and see how well they’re doing and how they under control their life is, I wonder why can’t my life be like that, why do I have to suffer and leave. The medicine I was taking at school, it was making me have memory problems so I would forget to set my alarm for class, which made me miss a test on time, luckily I made it up. But why do I have to have this problem anyway, why can’t I be like an average 20 year old that’s just worried about school, friends and their life. Since I moved back home I barley have a social life and that sucks. Don’t let me forget to mention I might can’t get my degree because of the simple fact that my grades drop at my first school. Life sucks man, everytime I try to do good, and think that my migraines won’t get in the way, they do.

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  • lissamill
    2 years ago

    Hi Briannabear,
    My name is Melissa and I’m 21, also in college. I’v had chronic migraine for 5 years now. I totally understand what you’re going through and I wish I had some magical answer to all of your questions. I’m at a college about 45 minutes from home and I go home most weekends. It’s incredibly difficult to function at the level necessary to truly be involved and thriving in college. I hate that we have to go through this, but with support like this website, I hope it makes it a little bit better. I’ll be praying for you.

  • melissachi
    2 years ago

    I am sorry to hear this. My 11 year old daughter is suffering for 2 years now and I am wondering did anything help you when you were younger? I had migraines when I was a teen through my 30’s and they have finally dwindled off now that I am in my 40’s. Mine were hormonal and the one good thing about getting old for me is this change. I hope you will find some solace and that things get better for you. Melissa

  • briannabear author
    2 years ago

    Hi, there. First of all thank you for taking the time out your day to read my story, I appreciate that. When I was young, around 11 years old, the doctors thought my migraines were hormonal headaches because of my period. So they just gave me some strong pain medicine for them. Nobody really took my migraines serious until I was in high school, my junior year to be exact. I hope your daughter find something for hers.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi there briannabear,
    Thank you greatly for your willingness to share your story with us. You have been navigating with migraine through some VERY stressful times and monumental years of your life. I am so sorry that you have been forced to do so. Know we are all behind and understand just how challenging it is. I know you have been trying to better manage your migraines better by seeing your doctor(s) more frequently now being back at home, but It sounds like you made a smart decision. I am sure this must have been a hard decision to make.

    I wanted to share this brief article with you as it includes a link to a form that you may find to come in handy if you feel it is something you’d like to share with your current professors –

    Wishing you all the best and sending much strength to keep on pushing through your final academic years. Please always reach out for support! -Joanna ( Team)

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