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My migraines are ruining my career

I have been suffering from migraines for a number of years now, however in the last few months they have increased in frequency and intensity. It is more than likely due to the fact that I have moved to a new city for a new job and therefore stress will be playing it’s part.

The increase in frequency lately, however has meant that it’s starting to affect my job. I have already had to take time off work and I have only been in my new role for 6 months. Although I have told my boss and co-workers I have migraines I never feel like they really believe me or understand why I have to take time off. My line of work is very competitive and I feel like my migraines are really starting to hold me back.

Before an attack I will start to become drowsy and confused, unable to concentrate and often irritable. This can start up to two days before the pain arrives. Then I get the pain attack which although only lasts a few hours thanks to my new medication can still be very intense and debilitating. Then after the pain comes the post head ache phase which involves a soreness and fuzziness of the head which again can leave me confused and drowsy. This too can last for up to 2 days. I normally get one day symptom free before the whole process starts again.

I am starting to get down because with the way things are at the moment I can’t see how I am going to be able to achieve what I really wanted to in my career and all the hard work and education I have gone through so far will be in vain.

I know I am not alone and there are many people out there with worse stories than mine but sometimes you do feel alone because people who don’t suffer from them don’t understand that a migraine is more than just a headache.

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  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    8 years ago


    You’re right – you are not alone!

    I had to give up a job I really loved because of my health issues, primarily my chronic intractable Migraine.

    Do you have a Headache Specialist to see? This is a really great place to start. A headache specialist is a doctor that has had extra training in specifically treating headache disorders including Migraine Disease. Because they do this day in and day out, they are very good at helping Migraineurs. They concentrate on learning all about the specific treatments that help us and are very knowledgeable in suggesting which ones might be the best for us and our particular Migraine issues.

    Have you created a Migraine Diary or journal? This is one of the first things a headache specialist will ask you to do because it helps them get a better grasp on how your Migraine is affecting you and your daily life, as well as the symptoms you experience and potential triggers. One can be found here at

    In the meantime, you have taken a great first step toward becoming a proactive patient and getting better control of your Migraine attacks. Education is the most important thing you can do, and I can tell you’re already applying what you know to your own particular situation. Take it slow and steady. Don’t become overwhelmed, but don’t stop learning either. Then take what you’ve learned to your doctor and use it to begin a conversation with him/her.

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