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Migraines making me more emotional

I am increasingly frustrated by the fact that my migraines, which occur at least 4-6 times a month, have been making me so emotional. And by emotional I mean that I suddenly burst out crying. For instance, today, I called in sick at work. My mother is coming for a visit on Thursday (I live in Norway) so I have a lot to get done around the house before she comes. After taking it easy at home this morning I felt a little better. The throbbing had stopped so I get on with my life and start on the laundry, separating darks, white, delicates, etc. By the time I finish and come upstairs, my head is throbbing again and I’m in real pain. I call my husband to let him know what I’ve done today. I feel so guilty first, that I’m home from work, but to then NOT lift a finger at home when my mom’s visit is this week……I just HAD to get something done around here. As I was talking to my husband (who is amazingly kind and supportive) I burst out crying. I hang up, and still can’t stop. I just feel like such a loser.

Thoughts anyone?

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Don’t beat yourself up over this. You are working as hard as you can to maintain a normal life and this can get extremely overwhelming especially during periods of extra stress.

    When my Migraines became a more frequent occurrence, I would get mad or pick fights, which is not my nature. I had to release the emotions somehow. Now I can recognize that when I’m in a bad mood it’s likely because my head hurts and I need to stop and take care of myself.

    Migraines can be a huge burden on you and your family. It may be helpful to talk to a third party to get your feelings out. A friend, clergy, or a therapist. There’s no shame in getting support for your emotional needs during these rough times.

    And while I know you can’t help crying, drink a lot of water afterwards. It can really dehydrate you, making a Migraine worse. I know from experience!

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    4 years ago

    Hello Shlyn,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Your honesty and bravery is very much appreciated!

    Please know you are certainly not alone in your experiences. I thought this article on migraine and emotional experiences might prove helpful for you: Please be kind and gentle to yourself.

    As with any symptoms, we also would like to suggest reaching out to your doctor if you haven’t already, to get more support and guidance, and to rule out any other possible underlying causes.

    Please do feel free to share your thoughts and feelings with us any time. We are here to listen and support you!

    Good luck with your mom’s visit this week. We’ll be thinking of you!


    Jenn (Community Manager,

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