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Depression after migraine

  • By Dilettee

    I’ve had migraines for most of my life, I was diagnosed when I was 10 but over the past 5 years or so I’ve noticed sometimes after or during a migraine I start to get really depressed. This always made sense to me because being in constant pain is exhausting and frustrating. This past year I started Botox treatments and after my last injection about 3 months ago I have noticed a very significant improvement and I’m starting to finally feel optimistic about something that can help me. It feels like I’ve come out of this horrible pain fog, it’s not perfect, I still get around 8 migraines a month but they’re manageable and it’s not constant pain like it was before. The strange thing is that now that I’m starting to feel better you would think my quality of life should improve, instead I find I’m still getting bouts of depression, it comes and goes and I can’t seem to put my finger on what it is that’s causing it. I’ve talked it out,I’ve tried self reflection, I’ve tried making changes in my life but nothing seems to be helping. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Am I mourning the loss of my migraines? I mean that would be completely ridiculous, I HATE migraines but I just can’t seem to figure out what is causing this.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Dilettee,

    Thank you for reaching out to us and being part of our discussion forum – we’re glad you’re here! However, I’m so sorry this reply is so late, let’s see what information I can share with you that may be helpful.

    I’m so happy to hear you’ve seen a reduction in your migraine attack frequency and severity – YIPPEE!! It could be you are mourning the loss of the life you had, however odd that may sound. Significant changes in life, good or bad, can play havoc with our emotions. I speak with a counselor once a month or so for an “emotional tune-up” and find it very helpful. Is that something you may want to consider?

    Nancy

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  • By Dana

    Unfortunately, migraines and depression/anxiety often go hand in hand. I agree with Nancy, seeing a therapist can be extremely helpful. I see mine once a week….. but I have some other mental issues that they say are also comorbid with migraines. I had a doctor suggest biofeedback therapy (for lack of better words, it helps you retrain your brain). I haven’t tried it yet, but it might be something you may want to look in to.. Good Luck

    Dana

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