I thought I would make a post on here since I have been reading the articles for over a year and have been struggling with school. I thought I would look for some support because today I’ve been feeling very depressed because of this. Even though it’s nothing new, it never fails to get me down.
Now that I’ve been thinking harder about my childhood and the pain I experienced, I remember getting this kind of headache as a young child and it being normal for me. It wasn’t until about middle school that they became chronic. My headache specialist suspects I grew up with abdominal migraine. I was born 3 weeks early and had colic, as well as other health problems growing up. In general I’ve always been a little sickly.
About junior year of high school was when I noticed something was truly wrong with me and that the constant pain was not something everyone else experienced too. I thought since headaches were so common that everyone must have a little bit of a headache, so I shouldn’t complain. Many doctor visits and medications later I had sinus surgery in my last semester of high school, and fast forward even more to now, I’ve completed 1 year of college and I’m on my second year at different school (age 20).
Medications I have tried: several OTCs such as Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Excedrin.. and these prescriptions (what I remember): rizatriptan, sumatriptan, imitrex, topiramate, nortriptyline, and gabapentin. I’m on gabapentin right now and it hasn’t been working. I bought some feverfew capsules that I want to try if I get the ok from my specialist to get off the gabapentin.
So in a normal week, I am perfectly capable of doing my work in my own time, but actually getting to class is very challenging. Often I go to bed feeling sick and lose sleep, or like today I may have to leave school early. I’ve been in bed for hours with what I call “head nausea” and regular nausea. My headaches don’t so much have me crying with pain as they have me wanting my head to throw up (and my stomach!). I constantly feel that I will never do well in life because society seems to be built on people working all the time to make money to live. I have never been able to hold a job or go to class consistently, except for in high school when it was required by law.
I know I could say more, but I want to ask some questions:
– If you had headaches during school, how did you cope with it? Did you have to do a gap year or anything? Did you finish a degree?
– If you are employed, how do you support yourself while also living with migraine? Are you self-employed or do you work for someone else?
Any words of support are very much welcome here. Thank you for taking the time to read.