Quality vs Quantity

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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