New to Migraines

At the age of 39, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder of the eyes, called uveitis. It is like any other autoimmune disease, chronic and progressive. There are treatments for the symptoms, and progression can be slowed, but never halted or cured.

One of my difficulties is a combination of night blindness and light sensitivity, because my eyes no longer process incoming light correctly. The biggest difficulty, besides from not being able to see at night to drive, is that any light that flickers or flashes will bother me more than others. That means, fluorescent bulbs, TV screens, computer monitors, movie screens, and dance clubs are pretty much out!

It has progressed to causing me classic migraines, with aura, nausea, and photophobia. Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband who doesn't mind driving me after dark, a great boss who had incandescent instead of fluorescent lighting installed just for me, and wonderful doctors.

Because of the uveitis medication, I can't take any other pain medication if I do get a migraine. But the doctors found a good prophylactic that prevents most of my attacks, and a really wonderful topical analgesic and eye mask for me to use when I do get one.

Being older than the average age of onset of migraines, they came as a real shock. I had always felt bad for people who had to suffer them, but until the past year I couldn't really empathize. It was the most debilitating thing I had ever faced, being reduced to curling up in a ball and just begging God to take the pain away. Finding medications and treatments that helped me was truly a blessing!

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