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A Migraine Life

I suffered what my doctor said were sinus headaches when I was young, then the diagnosis changed to hormonal headaches at age 15. I wasn’t diagnosed and treated for migraine until 1994 at age 39. It’s been a roller coaster of medications and doctors …. general practitioners, neurologists and pain management specialists.

From 2002 to 2005 I was disabled and quit working as an accountant because of chronic migraine and depression. Our dog, Lucy, and I spent most of our days on the couch. I worked part time from ’05 to ’09, then quit because my mom was ill and needed my help …. she passed away Jan. 30, 2010. My grief prompted more severe and more frequent migraines, so I found myself back on the couch.

I wear a pain patch, change every 48 hours, and take a list of other meds for blood pressure, depression, anxiety and of course, pain. I still suffer migraines almost every weekend. I am tired, so tired of focusing on pain and its ramifications. I have missed out on much of life and hesitate to make many plans.

Most family and friends do not understand, and many physicians fail to understand as well. I am truly blessed, however, to have a husband, daughter and son who do understand and do their best to empathize and care for me. Thank God for all who offer concern and caring.

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  • sherdivine
    7 years ago

    I started having migraines in 1998 after a car accident they classified them as clutter headaches they lasted about 6 to 9 months daily then one day they stopped they would come sometimes. Well 4 years ago they came back with a purpose to knock me off my feet and that they have done. No people don’t understand they have gotten so bad suicide seemed they way out, I understand thanks for sharing bc it is hard living like this

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    7 years ago

    Hi PaulaJan,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I think you will find plenty of support and understanding here at

    Depression, anxiety and more diseases can be comorbid with migraine disease. I can share information with you on this topic;

    The last thing you probably want to hear about is a different type of doctor – we’ve all seen our share of GP’s, neurologists and pain doctors! I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but there are doctors who are board certified in headache medicine. That’s right, experts (we call them migraine specialists)who only treat people with migraine and headache all day, every day. Let me share this article that describes what’s different about these doctors; If you’d like to look for one, here is that information;

    You are not alone, we do understand and look forward to hearing more from you.

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