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She awakens to the familiar site of static. Some days are easier to tune into than others, and she knows this one will not be easy. Her ears buzz with the with the sounds of life carrying on at too high a frequency. The pain starts at the base of her skull, and makes it’s way out through her body, like a vine. It makes her stomach lurch and her palms sweat. She places her head in her hands and tries hard to find her center; but a place without the static will not come. She resorts to pressing hard against, then slapping her head, as if she were a broken piece of technology. Momentary Relief! Like a flicker on the radio, and then pain circles in again, taking it’s hostage.

She retreats to her bed; her prison; her palace. It is the only place she is safe while the world spins just outside it’s bounds. Guilt floods her body and mind as she surrenders, another day lost, another commitment she failed to meet. She swallows it with a glass of water and her medication and waits for the static to reside.

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  • Dr. Snore
    4 years ago

    How do I say this and not sound like an ass? First, let me say I am a dentist (ret’d). For a number of years I taught at the Univ. of Ky, at the dental school. I was a co-director of the Head, Neck, and Facial Pain clinic. I have heard your story told hundreds of times. What did we do about it? We cured them. I don’t mean using drugs. I mean we eliminated what was causing their head pain. I know, it sounds far-fetched, but Headache and Migraine are NOT Medical Problems. After all, have you ever heard of a physician curing Headache much less Migraine? Of course not. Let’s get one thing straight right now… Headache and Migraine are Dental problems!

    There… I’ve said it!

    I know the MD’s out there are steaming in their boots, but it’s true. During my 47 years as a dentist, I’ve cured hundreds of people just like you. And another problem which frequently goes along with Headache and Migraine… Tinnitus. Yeah, we cured that too. learned all about this from some of the most brilliant dentists out there, shortly after I went into practice, back in 1963.

    Any way, if you’d like to know more, just drop me a line at

    Sincerely yours,

    Dr. Ron Rosenthal

  • The Migraine Girl moderator
    4 years ago

    Dr. Rosenthal,

    It’s always eye-opening when someone with experience treating migraine speaks up about his/her experience. Thanks for sharing your point of view!

    While there are many people whose migraine patterns are vastly improved with proper dental care, there remain thousands of people who pursue that line of treatment without any noticeable improvement in their migraine patterns. From my many years of research, studying, reading, advocating, writing, and interviewing migraine patients and healthcare providers, I believe this is a really complicated illness. What triggers one person won’t trigger another, and what helps one patient does nothing for the next patient. It’s an ongoing struggle, and I really appreciate that you were and are able to help so many people in pain.

    Thanks again, and take care,
    Janet G., “The Migraine Girl”

  • Sara author
    4 years ago

    You didn’t quite manage not sounding condescending, which I think is what you were going for. I was a grad student at the university of Kentucky when I first sought out a neurologist. I saw a dentist at that time (obviously I still have one) who created a mouthpiece for me. It has not cured anything, but does create less muscle tension in my head which can be a contributing factor. migraine is a complex neurological condition and people like you who believe it is so easily solved are a part of the reason it doesn’t receive the attention it deserves.

  • lisa c santa cruz
    4 years ago

    this really should be on poster stating the life of a migranuer. amazing how tragic it reads but then a migraine-free day is a whole other kinda poster – isn’t it? love and Blessings to you. lisa

  • Leynal
    4 years ago

    This is really beautiful. I think we all can relate to this. I know that prison, that palace well…

  • Sara author
    4 years ago

    Thank you. Just sharing it, and knowing someone else relates is powerful. I have basilar migraine and have had status migrainosus for almost a year now. I hate that others feel this pain too, but knowing you are not alone is powerful.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Your story is tragically beautiful, so well written.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    -Katie Moderator

  • The Migraine Girl moderator
    4 years ago

    I’m with Katie G.–this is so sad and lovely. I can totally identify.

    -Janet G., “The Migraine Girl”

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