My Only Thought…

Hello everyone, I have just registered on this site (ironically, I was at the hospital getting treated for my migraine attack this morning when I did so). This was my second attack in two days. Well, it was the same excruciating pain but different sides of my head. I could not make it to work today because of the pain, I just started working which makes it really frustrating that I have to miss work.

I am 21 years old and have been suffering from migraine attacks for the past 6 years. My worst fear is that this is just my beginning! I am by nature a strong person but the attacks make me really weak, like today for instance I cried because the pain was unbearable. Until the puking stops, the pain does not subside. Some times I have to force myself to puke! My only thought, when I get an attack is, “How long is THIS attack going to last for?”  Honestly, It varies, my longest attack was for almost 8 hours. I will never forget that particular day. The longer it lasts for, the more agonizing it is!

They say migraine pain is excruciating and unexplainable. For me, it feels like someone or something inside my head is trying to chisel it’s way out by taking it’s own time! I know my story is not that much but I just want to thank migraineurs who have shared their courageous stories, reading them has made me a bit stronger and knowing that I am not alone feels comforting.

I would also like to thank for being such an informative site and helping migraineurs share their experiences. Thank you and God bless!

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  • shantelle author
    4 years ago

    The last time i went to the ER, My doc was busy on her phone while i was sitting there just waiting for her to see to me! I was really angry, but that was just an emergency and i am very sure that i won’t go back to her again!
    @Pamela and @Lifetime_Migraine_Sufferer Thank you both sooooo much for such good advice, sometimes i tend to forget how serious my migraines are because in India they just don’t take it that seriously. But i will surely find the right doctor before it gets worse. The sickest part of having Migraines is that you never know when the attack will occur. I hate it when it happens in office, last week it happened during office hours and they sent me home, it was kind of embarrassing because all my colleagues saw me crying with the pain. Thats the least you want, to cry in front of your colleagues and to sit in the sick room. I hope we all come out of this one day. I thank you both once again. Will keep praying for you two 🙂

  • Lifetime_Migraine_Sufferer
    4 years ago

    I think you gave solid and good advice to Shantelle, however there are so many of us migraneurs that have more horror stories about going to the ER than we have had pleasant experiences. So be wary. My own experience has been that I sit in the ER for hours (sometimes while vomiting) and watch as patient after patient is seen ahead of me. Many times going to the ER has ended up being worse than staying home and fighting the migraine with ice or heat – whatever works. (Ice seems to be my lifesaver). I have migraines every day and I live between levels 5-7 on a scale of 1-10. When I finally found the right dr, his first goal was to get me stable enough so I could eliminate the use of the ER. The key is to find that great dr. I’ve had my migraines unfortunately for just about 35 years and I have days where I’m very low. When I read the stories here however, it makes me feel so much better to hear the great advice, and to see there are others like me. Thank you

  • Pamela
    4 years ago

    Get to the top hospitals now! You have already suffered way to long.
    Ask everyone for help to get there. DON’T wait for someone to rescue you that may never happen. God helps them who help themselves.
    You must be tuff spiritually, mentally & physically & find some one you love & trust to help you along this journey, don’t try it alone it’s just to cruel to yourself, Believe me from too much expierience in going it alone.

    Take Care of You!

  • Lifetime_Migraine_Sufferer
    4 years ago

    Shantelle; I sincerely hope you are feeling better! I’ve been having migraine attacks for over 30 years and they started out very intermittent and then slowly over time, they morphed into daily chronic migraine (and not because I abused any migraine meds, it’s just the path they’ve taken). Therefore you have the benefit of dr’s that know more about migraines now so be sure to find a dr you trust and one that understands how debilitating migraines are. If your dr doesn’t understand your situation – don’t wait, just get another one. Remember, most primary care dr’s get a patient like me probably once in their lifetime, so many times they really don’t know what to do. It took me years and years to find a good set of dr’s that are compassionate and really understand migraine disease. I can no longer work b/c of my migraines and I had such a great and fast-paced job; I had a law degree, an M.S. and I was driven but I could not beat this pain. I do understand about the vomiting, it takes so much out of me and I ache all over after. I will say prayers for you to find great medical care and that your pain and vomiting subsides.With proper care you don’t have to turn out like me: in fact I bet you can get yours under control. Thank you for sharing your story!! *hugs*

  • Jen Cragen
    4 years ago

    Hi Shantelle,

    I hope this particular migraine has ended. My longest was 48 days. I don’t recommend that. 🙂

    Anyways, welcome to the forum and hope you have a pain free day.

    Take care,

  • shantelle author
    4 years ago

    48 days???? I can’t even imagine that :O I hope that is your last time. Here, In India migraines are not actually taken seriously!

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    I’m so glad you found our site! It’s so nice to feel like you’re not alone in your Migraine struggles. Our Forums section (under Community) is a great way for you to ask questions on a specific topic or to connect with other Migraineurs. And our search function is pretty great if you need to research something. And you can Like us on FB too.

    You mentioned hating to take off work for your Migraines. My advice to you is to be up front with your boss about your headaches and document every time you have to go to the doctor or ER for your attacks. Some employers can be very sympathetic, while others are not. Having open conversations about your health will hopefully lead to an understanding of your limitations.

    I hope you start to feel better soon and welcome to!

  • shantelle author
    4 years ago

    Thank you Katie. Its getting worse. Yesterday I left office again. But now my manager knows about my condition. Thank you so much for your kind words. I did Like the page on Facebook as well.

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