Migraine with Comorbidities
Last updated: January 2022
I’ve had migraines since age 16 and it was so bad my mother thought I had OD’d on drugs and the hospital thought I had had a stroke, this was when abortives were hard to come by and PCP could give injections of narcotic pain meds with anti-nausea meds then sent u to bed for a few days. Over the years the frequency, duration, and intensity have increased exponentially. I’ve had a couple of Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA’s) possibly related to my PFO (small hole in my heart), have been diagnosed with Restless leg syndrome (RLS), Fibromyalgia, Graves’s disease, chronic fatigue/pain/migraines.
Work and migraine
I worked hard as a single mother of 2 to become an RN but am currently unable to work even with daily PRN abortives, monthly preventative injections, and Botox. My husband, as understanding as he tries to be, does not understand how it can be so bad that I literally cannot form coherent sentences. There are times when I try to “fight” the migraine so I can be “present” for special occasions, usually something to do with my grandchildren, but then when I “let it in” I’m out of commission for days. I feel as though my husband married a “living dead girl.”
Are the family and friends you will be seeing this holiday season understanding about migraine?