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My Story, but Also a Little Advice

I started getting migraine headaches when I was 13. I was a cheerleader and they seemed to happen after every game. They stopped after I stopped being a cheerleader so I never gave it another thought. When I was 23 and pregnant with my second daughter they came back with a vengeance and never went away. I would lose consciousness, wouldn’t be able to speak. Nothing helped at all. And it never went away. I had 3 girls and attempted college while trying to endure migraines and neuralgia that were determined to make me look like a moron 4 or 5 times a week if not every single day. But on November 14, 2009, everything changed. After taking my girls to the doctor, this world crashed down around me. I had the worst migraine ever for about 3 days. But I thought nothing of. Turns out, for some unknown reason I had a carotid artery aneurysm. The clot moved to my cerebellum and caused a stroke. I was only 32. Even worse, my 3 very young daughters saw the whole thing. Nobody to this day knows how I lived through this. No doctor can explain. They just tell me that I’m a miracle. None of the neurologists from other hospitals believed the Dr’s. So they had to come see me for themselves. This is such a horrible time for me. It’s so bad. Looking at me you would never know it happened.I’ve completely recovered except for the traumatic memories that people think I shouldn’t have. It’s hard because it all comes back. As you can imagine when your brain tries to explode it does leave you with a great deal of pain, but I try not to complain much, because it’s better than being dead really. I’m here with my daughters. Mostly, I’m sharing this because as migraine sufferers we are at risk of CVA. So if you do have a migraine that lasts longer than usual or hurts a lot more than usual don’t just ignore it. It may be nothing, but it might be something like this.

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  • glassmind
    3 months ago

    Thank you for sharing and raising awareness. So glad you recovered. I also want to say that medical ptsd is a real and valid experience. I hope with time and care you will be able to move beyond your troubling memories. I encourage you to discuss this with your care provider or another trusted person. Whoever is saying you “should not have” troubling memories might want to read up on medical ptsd.

    Thank you again for enlightening about anurysm and stroke risk.

    May your future hold continual healing.


  • Migraine Hater
    3 months ago

    You poor lady! You definitely had a nightmare! I had the worst migraine I ever had about a year ago. It started out normally. Then I never woke up completely. My husband said he came in the bedroom and talked with me, I used the bathroom off and on, and slept. But for 3 days. And I don’t remember anything. When I came to life, I saw pink flowers on everything, for 2days. It was strange. She stayed in bed these two days, plus every time I closed my eyes to sleep, I had commercials going on. It was so scary. When I finally came out of this, the 5th day, I had lost 18 pounds. But my mind was finally back and I was with it again. It scared me! I told my husband, that I if I ever got that way again to you ask me to tell the hospital. He said he asked me if I wanted to go and I told him no. I told him I don’t care what I say, take me. I wonder if I had a stroke!

  • Allyson.Ellis moderator
    3 months ago

    Oh my goodness, MyHeartIsInEngland, what an incredibly scary experience! It is frightening how similarly migraine and stroke can present and how easily one can be mistaken for the other. It is understandable that you would have traumatic memories from it! I’m so glad you made a full recovery! Thank you for sharing your story with the community. Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson ( team)

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