I’ve had migraines on and off for most of my life (since I was 10). I’ll get them for a few years, manage it, they’ll go away for a few years. Then I get them a few more years. Endless cycle.
Each time I get them they’re worse, and this round (third time around) has not been fun in the least. I’ve done everything I have in the past, nothing seems to work as a preventative. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place here. I can’t function with migraines. When they first started coming around this time I’d have a migraine for 48 hours where I couldn’t hold down food making me essentially stuck in my room for 72 hours at a time (an extra 24 hours to recuperate from not being able to eat). Now if I don’t take the medicine for my migraines it’s all just one long migraine. it effect my memory, mood, everything. Really having my medication on me has taken over my life because it’s that bad.
But then there’s the flip side of the coin. Taking my medication (ie the only thing that works). I get dizzy, hungry, and tired. However, the caffeine in it makes it impossible to sleep. At nights when I have a migraine I have to consider pros and cons of my medicine. It’s nice that I can go out with friends, but even those I work with admit I’m useless with a migraine whether I take my medication or not. All the medicine does is makes it so I’m useless at the office rather than useless in my bed crying.
I was wondering if migraine sufferers have considered signing up for disability? I hesitate because my medicine makes me sort of function, but it really hinders my brain function. It’s obvious I can’t function without my medicine. I’m afraid it’s really ruining my work life, and I wanted an opinion on this before consulting a doctor.