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Migraines and Getting My Life Back

The first Migraine I remember occurred when I was six-years-old. They caused my problems through school and college, but didn’t become chronic until I was an adult. At one point, I was flat on my back in bed five or six days a week, all day, with the Migraine from hell.

It was during this time that I learned that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine specialists and traveled eight hours each direction three or four times a year to see Dr. Young at the Jefferson Headache Center in Philadelphia. With his help in finding an effective management regimen, I’m now to the point of usually getting two or three months between Migraines. I have fewer than a dozen Migraines a YEAR, and I have my life back.

If you want to know more about my story, you can read my blog entry, Migraines and How I Got Here. My fondest wish is for all Migraineurs to get to this point in their disease management.

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  • Janet
    8 years ago

    i thank you for you encouraging story. my life has been consumed by 35 years of migraines. i have been to migraine clinics and have had my share of bad neurologists. i am tired of the migraines dictating my life and i hate the mood swings. my family has suffered their lifetime and they have been back full force the past 10 years. i can’t plan anything because i never know what my head will do. i follow a strict diet and know my triggers. when they were gone for years i didn’t even realize it until they reappeared. then the preventative meds entered my life and they have been on and off for years. the rebound headaches and hospitalizations followed and i am on a merry go round. everyone is different. the hardest thing is that if you don’t have them, you really don’t know what it’s like. i wish my husband would go with me to some kind of support group and listen to others who suffer from migraines and their symptoms and the days they lose just so he knows that you just can’t pretend they aren’t happening. i wish i could. they often ruin my life. as for quality of life. i pray for it and hope God will, in His time, provide me with what i need. thank you for your story.

  • misivy
    9 years ago

    I agree. We all wish to get at least to that point. I;ll have to check and see if there’s a Migraine specialist around here. All I have is my GP, and my pain Dr. There’s got to be a better way.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    9 years ago


    You write what everyone wants to hear – they can have a life even though they have Migraine disease. What makes you different from many others, is that you are writing from experience. For those of us in this journey with you, that makes all the difference in the world. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with patients everywhere 🙂

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