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Living with the pain.

When I was 11 I started constantly having stomach pains, throwing up almost every day. I went to see my doctor and he immediately diagnosed me with Abdominal Migraines. He put me on a bucket load of drugs and I have been taking them every day for over a year now.

Classmates at school didn’t think it was that bad, they didn’t understand what I go through, how much medication I have to take. They told me that it was ‘only a bit of stomach ache’. But no.
Since I moved schools, my friends understand that a migraine attack makes a broken bone look like a trip to the circus. I am just so jealous of how many people get to run around in Phys Ed, at how many get to do science experiments. It’s not as easy as you think.

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    You seem like a brave kid. I started getting Migraines at age 5. I remember my 1st grade teacher didn’t believe me that I was having a Migraine…until I threw up on her shoes.

    I’m glad the kids at your new school realize how difficult the Migraines are for you. I know it can be lonely sometimes when you can’t do everything that they can. But in the long run, it’s best for you not to overdo it so that you don’t get an attack. I encourage you to find something that you really love doing. Something you can handle on your good days and be proud of. It doesn’t have to be athletic like the other kids. Maybe you like making bead necklaces or playing the piano or getting into yoga.

    You are already unique because you suffer from Migraines. It’s important for you to have something you are proud of and enjoy doing so that you don’t feel isolated from your friends. I can tell that you are a fighter. I wish you well on your journey!!

  • MiriB author
    5 years ago

    Thank you so much! I am so glad that this website exists. At least now I can relate and discuss certain topics with those who suffer. Maybe I will learn to play piano sooner or later.. My new best friend understand me so much as she suffers from bad arthritis, so she is always having trips to the hospital, always on medication, always in pain, like me. I appreciate your time for writing and posting this comment. Thank you.

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