Giving Cefaly Another Go And Staying positive
Hi folks,I wrote a week or so ago about how the Cefaly was causing me pain. I had the good fortune to have a very considerate gentleman from a chemist ring me and ask me about my experience. He was able to explain why getting pain in the exact place my migraines come from, was a very good sign. The plan is, that over time, the Cefaly fries that nerve pathway. This make total good sense so I am on for 3 months of use.
I have had migraines for about 150 hours a week for 15 years. I tried every drug on the market and botox and none of them did a thing. Through all that time, I continued to work as the main income earner for my family.I became unable to keep that up about 2 years ago. So now I am on a disability pension for 8 years until retirement kicks in. People at work had no idea I had this condition and when they found out by necessity on some occasions, they were astounded that I carried on in a highly complex managerial role in good humour and genuine happiness.
I've read a few things on these blogs that I have related to. One was the woman who said that she does not go to bed when she gets a migraine. She carries on and distracts herself in any way possible. That is what my theory is. I could either be bored and in pain, or doing a job I loved and in pain. The second option worked for me.There was another story that I didn't relate to which was about 'not having to stay positive and put on a brave face'. I think that is the only way I have survived. I am quite aware that i use denial as a technique for coping and it works quite well. So much so that when I have to relate my true story to some-one medical, I end up in tears because I have to admit what is actually happening to me. Research shows that faking it until you make it, is a powerful tool. This has not been the hardest battle of my life. That was post natal depression. A mental illness robs you of your soul, of your sense of being a person. This condition is definable, it is pain.
Quite simple really. I try to distance myself from the pain through distraction and activity. The old 'forget about it and do the washing up' technique. My dad was in WWII and he taught us well, to get on with life and forget about your own worries because there's always someone with a worse story. For me this is very true. Yes I live most of my life in pain, but I'm not on a boat from Iran, in a refugee camp or part of a human trafficking network. I have a husband who I love and who loves me, two beautiful children and a roof over my head with enough food. I live in a peaceful country. I've always been involved with people on the margins and they tell a powerful tale about human endurance and finding joy where you can. So I say stuff the migraines. Yep, I got 'em. Yep, they're no fun. But I have so much else to be grateful for that I will endure this until such time as I can beat it. In the meantime, I want to stay positive, stay happy, stay productive knowing that many people do this with much greater burdens than mine. This is not about being noble. It is about being sensible. For me, it's what works.
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