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Just a fellow migraineur

I have suffered from migraines for about 8 years and I am a mother of 3 wonderful children who understand that I have an illness. I have had frequent trips to the emergency room (at least 3 to 4 per year). Some good and some bad. However, my migraines are attributed to an extremely abusive relationship. My ex used to use my head as a punching bag for years (there are no bruises when you get hit in the head) so no one knew. As a result I now have progressed from chronic headaches to migraines. Thankfully, it has been years since I escaped that relationship. I have been through most of the treatments for migraines, including medications, counseling and different forms of biofeedback and other treatments. I have gone through many of he medications, including herbalists and alternative medicine. However, one of the biggest issues I have repeatedly had is with the emergency room. I have been treated as a drug seeker and told that I was just experiencing a bad headache. When all I wanted was the pain cycle to stop. My migraines have lasted for days and at times keep me bedridden. I have changed doctors and neurologists many times and now I think I have finally found a doctor who will listen and understands my migraines. I also suffer from severe anxiety, PTSD, and depression. I am very thankful that this forum enables others to talk about their own personal story and that sometimes the cause of their migraines are not their fault.

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Comments

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    3 years ago

    First and foremost, we want to commend you on your courage to share your story. Especially the fact that despite living in an abusive relationship, you found the strength and bravery to walk away, fight forward and focus on taking care of you in every sense of the matter. It takes a tremendous amount of strength and energy to push for the right care, proper treatment, looking into alternative methods and finding a doctor that doesn’t just settle and explores all feasible options. You should feel very proud! You are taking all of the right steps for both your mental and physical health and kudos to you! Also, regarding your experience in the ER, that is something we here frequently from members in our community. I thought you might find this article interesting regarding this very topic: https://migraine.com/blog/why-does-the-emergency-department-treat-me-like-a-drug-seeker/. Again, thank you for sharing your emotional story. We love that that you found us and are a member of our community. Always feel free to check in! Warm regards, Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

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