Empathy is Everything

At age 50, while living in Panama, I was struck down with debilitating migraines. It seemed I was having them every other day lasting around 14 hours with vomiting.

Making moves

Finally, after three years I decided, I must return to the States as the doctors were sympathetic but couldn't offer much help. Finding help was difficult. Imitrex left me on a roller coaster.

Finding something that worked

An 8-week course on mindfulness and meditation for chronic pain has been my go-to remedy with yoga and walking in the evening with a friend. Working with a nutritionist I discovered which foods trigger migraines.

A doctor who cared

I found a headache specialist in the Seattle area who was empathetic. He never made me feel rushed and gave me current information on migraine research. I take Maxalt but I was getting way too many migraines so am off Maxalt for three weeks to see if I can reduce the number. It has worked before.

Where I am today

My doctor retired and I am left with a much younger doctor who apart from offering medications doesn't offer much empathy. I have been taking Aimovig but I am beginning to realize is not working.

A migraine clinic with a holistic team approach would be ideal. Learning to live with migraines has been a life changer but I have managed to adjust and learned to appreciate everything that comes my way.

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy.

More on this topic

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The Migraine.com team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

or create an account to comment.

Community Poll

Do you prefer reading stories from others with migraine or informational content on our site?