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Less Stress = Fewer Migraines

Hello! My name is Vanessa Farias. I have had migraines for over 36 years. I have tracked them and tried to pinpoint what causes them. What I have learned is that they aren’t caused by one thing and sometimes it seems like they’re caused by nothing. I’m sure a lot of other migraine sufferers can relate.

Anyway, one of the things that always seemed to make them worse was the stress I was feeling at work over the past year. So, I recently decided to resign — after 28 years with the same company. And you know what? My migraines went from more than 15 per month to only 4! And I’m not taking a handful of preventative medications every day either.

I am still trying to deal with the fact that I’m not working and resisting the urge to feel fearful of not having a j.o.b. But, I don’t want to go back to a traditional stress-filled job just to have an income that will probably be spent on medication because I’m pretty sure my migraines would slowly come back.

So, I’m blogging as a way to work from home. I set my own hours and work when I feel like it. I don’t have a boss breathing down my neck and don’t have rush out every morning and race 50 miles a day to and from a job. Blogging like most things takes time, commitment and work. And I very new at it so I’m trying to take it easy on myself until my work from home venture can become a very successful one!

My migraines are finally manageable because I left the job that was slowly killing me. I know that sounds blunt but it’s true.

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Comments

  • pennych
    9 months ago

    Hello Nessa,
    I can totally relate to your story.
    I’m wondering how your blogging is progressing?. I started blogging too but it takes time since I am not naturally a writer and each article takes time to put together.
    Do you know of any other work from home jobs to earn immediate income to pay the bills. I don’t know which ones are scam or ligit! Thanks for your help.

    Take care,
    Penny

  • Hartofgold50
    2 years ago

    I just left my job last Thursday. Last month, had been one of my worst months for migraines. I had one from the 6th of March to he 28th . My job was slowly killing me. I’ve known for the last few years it was, but I just couldn’t bring myself to quit. So after last month being nothing but a migraine month, I left. I gave them my resignation and haven’t been back. I’m trying not to stress over not having my job and not having an income, but I’m finding it very difficult. So my migraine continues on today April 10th. Hopefully it will go away soon, because I’m about ready to blow a fuse..
    Thank you for sharing this with us, as now I know I’m not alone..

  • Nessa author
    2 years ago

    hang in there. I think that FMLA and ADA protect us from being treated unfairly because we have a disability. For that reason, I am consulting a lawyer.

  • sssteviep
    2 years ago

    I have a similar story. I was working in a high stress job always feeling under pressure and was having very frequent migraines. I moved to a lower stress job, albeit for less money, and also found my headaches have calmed down. If stress is a trigger,which im sure it is for many, lowering it will help. Its unfortuante we have to sacrifice financially to feel better.

  • Nessa author
    2 years ago

    It was a tough decision for us as a family, but we had to decide that my health and the well-being of our family was more important than money. I’m blogging now, trying to make a go of it. check it out at ilaughandsmile.com.

  • Tamara
    2 years ago

    How do you handle the lack of funds? I can’t physically work more than 4 hours a day and my bare bones budget is more than I make. I can’t make it work – there is only so much you can lower your expenses. I’m $400 a month and that doesn’t include the expenses like property taxes, car registration, furnace filters, or oil changes.

    I know I can’t handle working full time, I make decent money for the hours I’m working now and obviously the financial stress isn’t helping. I also don’t qualify for any government programs because I make too much.

  • Nessa author
    2 years ago

    It’s not easy. We have had to change our lifestyle a lot, but it was either that or my family may have lost me.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Neesa,
    Wow…major kudos to your taking the leap of faith and stepping away from what sounds to be the biggest stress factor to your migraines…your job! While I am thrilled to hear your frequency has deceased, nonetheless, I am sure this was a very difficult and challenging decision to have to make. Although, it sounds like you have landed on your feet already pretty steady with jumping right into blogging! How exciting! Definitely go easy on yourself, ease in and I bet you will do great!

    The migraine.com community and I am rooting for you and wishing you all the best at this amazing next chapter in your life! Do keep us posted if you can on how things are going! Take good care, Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

  • Nessa author
    2 years ago

    Thanks. This community on migraine.com makes it so much easier to deal with knowing we’re not alone. I have heard of so many suicides because of this horrible disease and I don’t want to be a statistic.

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