Quality vs Quantity

Last updated: March 2013

Every day migraineurs struggle with the realization that we are poisoning our bodies with chemicals meant to control our symptoms and get some relief from our chronic illness.

I have been living with migraine since my early twenties, I am now 57 and they've only gotten worse, to where I have daily chronic migraine.

This to me means that for part of each and every day I have a migraine of some type, sometimes silent, sometimes painful, it's a mixed bag and I never know what I'm gonna get. I have never taken anything but my triptan (Maxalt) for an attack, so when they didn't work I just suffered in silence. Not anymore.

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. This fall I finally asked my doctor for pain medication. She prescribed me hydrocodone. She knows I do not like taking medications, especially one this dangerous, but it was time. I am very careful and only take when I have to but I have them. I am living more of my life now instead of spending it curled up in bed with Lifetime movies.

So to those who refuse to take relief medication... I was there. It's not worth it. I may not live as long as if I did not take this stuff but my quality of life is certainly better.

So, it's up to you, do you want to live another 10 years feeling crappy or 5 years feeling decent. For me, I'll take 5 decent ones.

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