Dawnn’s Story

I have suffered from migraines since I was about 11 or 12. I can remember as a teenager going to my PCP and begging them to do something to make the headaches stop. They would tell me to just take some Tylenol for it and ask my mother if there was a reason I was always getting sore throats. I would tell them it was from all the throwing up and they would act like I had an eating disorder.

They would tell me if I did not start gaining some weight that I would have to be put in the hospital for eating disorders. By the time my senior year came around I had gained 75 lbs and then they told me I was bulimic. Never once did they do anything about my headaches.

After I turned 18 I went to a new doctor and went through my history with her and explained that I did not have an eating disorder and I only threw up when I had headaches and she put me on Midrin. I loved it! It was a life saver for me. I still got migraines, but now I had something to stop them when they started.

When I was 33 I was surprised with a pregnancy and from the moment I was 6 weeks until now I have had constant headaches. That was 6 years ago. I now live with daily headaches, bad periods where my head feels as if it is being pushed in or going to explode, and tension headaches. I am in constant pain everyday.

I have an 18 year old daughter and a 5 year old son to take care of and there are some days where getting up and out of bed are a big chore for me. I have chosen life. I will not let this beat me. I will fight until there is nothing left in me to fight with to make sure my son has the life he deserves. My daughter was lucky she did not have to grow up with a mom who couldn’t do anything because of a headache, but my son has known nothing but that. I try my hardest to give him a normal life, but I can see he is suffering. He will tell his friends “My mommy has a headache today” and it just kills me. I take 3 different daily meds and I have my preventative, but its not enough. I just hope that one day they will just decide to go away as easily as they showed up.

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