Finally embracing the idea of being a migraine suffer

I’ve suffered from migraines since I was 18 years old, and I’m 26 now. But I’ve always struggled with thinking of myself as a migraine sufferer. My migraines tend to come in two to three week cycles.

When I’m going through a bad stage, I vow that I’m going to start a journal and stick with it, that I’m never going to touch alcohol again, that I’m going to see a neurologist and try a new preventative medication and do whatever I have to do to stop this illness from ruining my life. And then I’ll get better, and won’t have a migraine for a week or so, and all of a sudden all my good intentions go out the window. I guess part of it is that I forget how bad it is when I’m not experiencing it, and that I don’t want the migraines to affect or permeate every aspect of my life – the good periods are all I have left, and when I’m experiencing them, I want to forget that I even get migraines.

But I think I have finally reached a stage where I am forced to accept that I am a migraine sufferer, and that means I need to make changes in all aspects of my life if I want to manage my condition and lead a pain free life. So I guess writing this story, and joining this website, is the first step of that process.

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  • Melanie Derks
    7 years ago

    I totally understand the delima. I was actually talking about this very thing with my best friend yesterday. I have accepted my life with migraines but acceptance means something different to everyone. I decided when I feel good, to make the most of it. I don’t spend that time thinking about how the last week was hell. I think hell yea, I feel good let me go do something I want to do. If you feel the same way don’t feel bad about that. YOU are the one who has to live with this forever so YOU are the only one who can decide how to manage this forever. Having said that, having a good neurologist is reallllly important. One that you can see 3 times a month if your in a some sort of migraine delirium then not see for 6 months if you’d rather not seek treatment for a while. You have to find the right doc and keep them in your back pocket. Hope this helps!

  • Julz Gavin
    7 years ago

    Sometimes accepting that you are a migraneur can be extremely difficult, because it doesn’t fit with what we think ourselves to be. What I think is really important is that you acknowledge this as a condition you can work with, don’t acknowledge it in a way that you surrender to it, otherwise it can rule your life. I’ve been suffering from hemiplegic migraine for 15 years and the best advice I can give is to educate yourself as much as you can about “your” migraines and what works for you. Everyone has an opinion on migraines, but everyone’s experiences are also different, which is what can make the condition so annoying! Also pay attention to your general physical fitness and nutrition, you will be surprised at how being physically strong fit and healthy and eating naturally can benefit you. Good luck 🙂

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