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Migraine Take Over

Migraine Take Over

I’m 27 years old. I’ve been suffering from migraines since I was around 14, however, the past 6 years have been horrible. Every morning I cringe when I open my eyes, unsure if today will be a good day or a migraine day. My days are spent on edge just waiting for the signs of an attack. If and when I make it a day without a migraine, I consider that a win. I’m 27 years old and am told that my “20’s” are the best years of my life, that I’ll have the most energy and time to make lifelong memories. Unfortunately for me, my 20’s have been filled with weekends spent in a dark room with rags over my eyes, ice packs on my neck and a bucket by my side in case the nausea attacks. I cry. I cry a lot because this is not a life lived well. I’m unable to spend careless days in the summer under the sun with my friends. My weekends are spent in the dark. If I move, the nausea will attack. My eyes hurt, my heart hurts, I want a new brain. Friends have dwindle through the years and I can’t blame them. Who wants a friend that constantly has to cancel plans because she has a migraine again. I’m unable to keep a consistent job because I have to miss so many days due to the pain. I’m 27 years old and my memories are filled with pain.

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  • SilverPhoenix13
    3 years ago

    I feel your pain all too well. I worry that I’m on the verge of losing my current job because of my migraines. I warned them and they said they could handle it, but it’s clear that they just didn’t gradp the full scope of how bad it could be.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Elisa,
    Thank you for taking the time to share what you are contending with at work. I am so sorry to hear that you are fearful of losing your job. Managing migraine in and of itself can be a full time job and for many like yourself, work becomes a huge challenge.

    I have a bit of information I’d like to share with you regarding work and migraine on the chance it may address some things you may not have considered.

    Disclosing migraine @ work:
    Absences from work:
    Community ideas for managing migraine @ work:

    I truly hope you find some of these articles helpful. We appreciate you being part of our community and please know that we are always here to support you. Feel free to reach out at anytime.

    Take care,
    Joanna ( Team)

  • cloverlily
    4 years ago

    I can certainly relate. I’m 24 and have had chronic intractable (24/7) migraine for seven years. I have the same feelings about my 20’s – I don’t understand how people think of them as those “carefree”, “best years of their life”. I dragged myself through college and now I do the same with work. I wonder what I would be like without the pain – Would I be fun? adventurous? What would I have done? Would I have travelled? Who knows!

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    My heart breaks for you. When I turned 30, my Migraines became chronic. I miss out a lot on life. But the days you consider to be wins are crucial for your mental health. If not, you’d be depressed all the time!

    How often do you experience Migraines? What medications have you tried? Do you know about Botox? You may be rolling your eyes at me thinking I’ve done it all. But I truly believe I have not tried absolutely everything I can to manage my Migraines. Never leave any stone left unturned!

    I want you to feel like you are in control of your life, instead of the Migraines controlling you. The link below outlines an array of medications, treatments and therapies. It’s a starting point. If you have any questions, please let us know!

    -Katie Moderator

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