I’ve been getting migraines since 2010 when I hit my head on a table. I just had my second occipital block a couple weeks ago, it has helped somewhat with the day to day migraines in that they fluctuate now from a 3 to a 7 on the scale rather than higher than that. One of my main triggers is fluorescent lights. This really limits where I can go as you can imagine. I wear a brimmed hat and dark sunglasses whenever I have to be in the lights (the special glasses for people with migraines did not help at all) but even with that I can only be in the lights for about 30 minutes tops. I haven’t been able to work since I had to leave my job in 2011. People who don’t understand (like my sister) tell me I just need to suck it up and work through it, as you know that’s very frustrating to hear. I’m in the process of trying to get social security disability (has anyone else done this?) but of course it’s a long process.
One of the things that these migraines has allowed me to do is go back to college. I have to take my classes online but that works for me very well. Most of my professors have been understanding and given me some lea way with assignment due dates fortunately. I just keep hoping that along the way one of the many medications that are out there (many that I’ve already tried) will help me so once I graduate from college I am able to work. But in the meantime at least I feel like I’m doing something positive for myself.
I would love to hear how other people cope in their daily lives.