Last updated: October 2012
I remember being in Second grade and feeling my head hurting. I was thinking, the lights in the classroom were hurting my head. That was my first significant migraine. Growing up I had these episodes of migrane off and on.
I was never treated for the condition until I was 22 years of age. At that point, I was hit from the rear of my car. My head slammed into the windsheild. It didn't break, but I did. My Migraines got singificantly worse. I had a few more differnt types of accidents over the years which agravated my migraine condition. The worst was going down for a crash landing in a jet. I'm now clasified as disabled. My migranes are semi-controled due to the fine care I've recivied from Doctor's who really wanted to improve my daily occuring condition. I use Imitrex, wear a pain patch and take a few other meds designed to control my migraines.
At one time, I was sent to the Universty of Massacuttes Stress Reduction and Relaxation program. Attending those classes and really working the program gave me some power over my condition. I could mindfully take myself out of the situation causing my migraine. I re-aranged my life to create peace and calm around me. Learning to meditate was something I could do to partly control these migraine outbreaks. I've not found a 100% cure and at this stage of life, I doubt that I ever do. My Migraines start at the base of my head/back of my neck area, They spread around to my forehead and tigten like a vice grip. My eyes become very senistive to light, my ears tune into every sound and amplify the noise. My arms go weak, I can't stand bright colors during the migrane time even though I like bright colors. I began to shut down my entire body while my head is unbelivably painful.
However, I can change the course of my migraines through Meditation and daily yoga combined with modern medicine. Because of this combination, I do feel like I'm in the drivers seat instead of the migraine, that is at least sometimes.
Are the family and friends you will be seeing this holiday season understanding about migraine?