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Life of pain

My name is Erin and I wasn’t diagnosed with migraines until I was in my twenties. I have had “headaches” from the time I was 14-15 but was always told it was just my sinuses. I finally changed doctors and was told it was migraines. It was also that time I found out I am allergic to triptans!The medicine that was meant to help me was closing my throat and making my heart race so much it felt like it was about to explode.

I have been on so many different medicines and pain pills. I have gone to a neurologist but I have never been told what type of migraines I have. I usually get one a week. I have 3 children ages 7, 4, and 2. I can’t keep having my day be put on hold because I have another migraine! I am currently trying to control them with diet and getting sleep like I should because I have no insurance. It’s been rough the past couple of years due to my husband having anxiety problems and me losing my job. Stress is not a friend to migraine sufferers!! I can’t go to a cool quet place when my husband is having problems because he isn’t able to take care of the kids. I have to take more pain meds to get through it long enough to have my mom watch them or they go to bed. My migraines will last 3-4 days at a time.

I feel sometimes like I always have a headache and wouldn’t know what it would feel like to have a pain free day! I wouldn’t wish migraines on my worst enemy!! My life has been full of headaches and pain.

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  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago


    Parenting with Migraine is really tough. Parenting well is even tougher! You can do this though. I’d love to point you in the direction of a couple blog posts I wrote here a few weeks ago. “How can I keep parenting during a Migraine?” “What should I put in my Migraine Tool Bag?” “What should I put in my kids’ Migraine Survival Bag?” Using the ideas presented there was what got me through my kids’ growing up. My husband was often gone for 6 weeks at a time for work. I had no choice but to come up with something that would work for our family because they had nobody else but me and it didn’t honestly matter if I was sick that day or not. Now my kids have Migraines as well, and they remember those rough times when they were little. They’re both extremely compassionate people, and I think growing up in the shadow of chronic illness really helped to make them that way. They have an understanding from both perspectives. I think many children of Migraineurs grow up this way. We’re teaching them as they watch us live our day to day lives with Migraine Disease…

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