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I had my first migraine and hypertension diagnosis 17 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. Since then, I may have had 2 to 3 per year. And my BP was very well controlled by medication. They seemed to be hormonal or when I was under tremendous stress. I could usually get away with locking myself away in my dark bedroom and taking an over the counter pain reliever.

That all changed on February 27,2014. I had a full blown migraine. I ended up seeking treatment at a Medexpress. My BP was 150/100. I was given Fiorcet. My migraine continued for the next 37 days. It would get better but never went away.

I missed 6 days of work, 2 trips to the ER and was referred to a headache specialist. I’ve had every test from Lyme to MRI’s.

I now have a mini pharmacy and my daily headache is still at a 2-3. My GYN thinks it’s hormonal.

I just want relief! I have missed every soccer game, lacrosse game and track meet that my children have had. I nearly passed out at my daughter’s dance recital last week. And I haven’t had dinner at the table with my family in a month. I struggle through work and collapse as soon as I get home.

I feel very helpless and alone. My family is very supportive but they don’t understand. I’m sure my coworkers think I’m losing it. One actually said “but you don’t look sick”.

I feel guilty for not being able to do the things that I could do just a month ago. And there are people so much worse off than I am, so I don’t even want to appear like I’m complaining.

So for now, I still don’t know what caused the sudden migraine attack.

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  • StillPortia author
    5 years ago

    Katie-Thank you so much for your response. It is a new experience for my family and we’re learning together. I’m the oldest child and I have always been the “go to” person in my family, so it’s very hard for my family to see me unable to do it all. I have to finally take the “S” of my chest.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    It’s crazy that you remember the day this started for you. I do too. A day that will live in infamy!

    It took a while for my friends and family to adjust and to get it. I was so good at putting on a brave face that they didn’t understand when I said I felt awful. And the guilt is so hard to push away.

    One thing that I found that helped me to communicate with my family was to forward them articles and stories of other sufferers, especially from If a story really resonated with me or someone perfectly described how I felt, I would send it around. For some reason, hearing it from a third party made my comments more valid. It was all about education and still is.

    I hope that you get relief soon. I wish I could tell you I had the magic potion, but I don’t. Just know we’re all here for you because we know exactly how you feel!

  • Luna
    5 years ago

    “but you don’t look sick”.
    I’ve always wanted to perfect the throwing up on command thing and throw up on their feet at that comment.

    All we can really do is keep as positive an attitude as possible and not give up. Take good care of yourself.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Luna- you made me laugh! I want to perfect throwing up on cue too!

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