Fear it’ll never end

As a young suffer of migraines, I fear that living with this horrible disease will become something I’ll have to do forever, day in and day out. I’m worried because this is no quality of life.

I’m Paige, I’m currently 17 and currently increasing my daily migraine prevention medication, because my migraines have became more debilitating.
I never used to get auras and my greatest sympathy goes out to those of you whom experience them, as so do I now.
I get the ringing in my ears, the blurry vision, the tingling in my head, neck and eyes.
It’s horrible; it’s a whole new level of pain and discomfort.

And because I’m in year 12 at school, it makes this all a little harder. Teachers don’t truly understand the impact of a migraine, so when you suffer one, you tend to suffer alone.

I feel like I’m the only young person who suffers this disease, as I haven’t heard anyone else talk about how they’re suffering from it, how they cope, etc.

So please feel free to leave advice or your thoughts.

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  • Payton
    4 years ago

    Hello Paige. I am also 17 and struggling with this. Its hard to make it through the school day. I’d love to talk to you sometime about things that you do to help? I just started taking meds for it recently and they aren’t helping.

  • Paige author
    4 years ago

    Yes, they tend to do that. Medication is a difficult one, it all depends. If you could answer the few questions I have below, I’ll be able to explain why they may not be working for you.
    How long have you been taking the medication for?
    What’s it called?

    I’ve tired multiple medications, and tend to know exactly how each one functions.

  • gemmafisher
    4 years ago

    Paige, I really empathize with you. I am currently 21 and in my third year of college. I have chronic migraines with no pain free days. Many people really do not understand and I have lost a lot of friends this past year because of it. I really hope that you have a great support system with family and friends who understand what you’re going through and support you. My best advice is to surround yourself with people who raise you up, not bring you down. Many people are quick to judge and make assumptions. Do not let them belittle or dismiss what you are going through. And if you are lucky enough to have people in your life who are supportive and helpful, never let them go. And show them how much you love them! I hope things get better for you soon.
    xx Gemma

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Paige,
    I hate to hear that you’re struggling with your Migraines. I’ve included links to 2 other people around your age who have recently written their stories.

    http://migraine.com/stories/living-with-a/comments/#comments
    http://migraine.com/stories/cant-live-like-this/

    There’s also a forum thread about kids and Migraines with info on how to work with your school.
    http://migraine.com/topic/migraines-school/

    I don’t have an answer for you on if you’ll have to live with this the rest of your life. I certainly hope not. Everyone is different. At this point, you should focus on finding the best ways to manage your Migraines. That could be a combo of meds, yoga, therapy, pain management, finding a headache specialist, etc. It’s not an easy journey to find the right fit for each person. It takes trial and error. But stick with it because you deserve to have a better quality of life.
    Best Wishes,
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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