I was diagnosed with BPD in 1990, when I was 29 years old, when the stigma was intense, even within the psychiatric community and the psychiatrists told my parents not to hope for much. Through a lot of hard work in therapy, today, at 58, I’m doing well, working and I have good friendships and relationships with family. I no longer meet the diagnostic criteria for BPD. My migraines became chronic in 2010/2011 when my brother and I needed to start caring for our deteriorating father and the migraines persisted even after he passed away in 2013. In fact they got worse. Now, thank goodness, with Amovig, which has been a miracle medication, they are finally under control. I also get nerve block/trigger point injections every month and Botox injections every 3 months. I can’t take triptans or NSAIDs because I had a stroke last year.
What I wanted to ask the community, after this long discourse, has anyone else found themselves dually diagnosed (formally or informally) with migraines and BPD? Or even think they have some BPD traits? What has your experience been both in the medical and/or psychiatric fields. Positively or negatively? I’m curious about both, because I’ve experienced both. There is a term for when medical doctors make an assumption due to a psychiatric condition and that is “diagnostic overshadowing.”