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Conference Migraine Strikes Again

In June, I had a migraine-free streak that lasted eight whole days! I was thrilled. I wished fervently that the streak would continue, especially since I was heading to Florida for a conference. But, lo and behold, my old nemesis, the Big Event Migraine, showed up. In this video, you’ll see a very tired Migraine Girl talking to the camera while sequestered in her hotel room, too ill to function like a half-normal person at the book conference.

Who can identify with how I felt this particularly frustrating week in Florida? Whom in your life have you let down (or whom were you afraid to let down) due to your struggle with migraine?

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  • Maureen
    3 years ago

    Janet and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I can relate. I am currently participating in Cloudy with a Chance of Migraine. Just finished up Are You MY Migraine? You are not my migraine. You are a snort!
    Book Loving Migrainics Unite!

  • DonnaFA moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi, Maureen! That gave me a giggle! How about a book I bet we’d all love to see – The Migraine Thief? Thanks for being part of the community! – All Best, Donna ( team)

  • Elliegal
    3 years ago

    I can sooooo relate. 8 days migraine free is awesome. That happened to me last September and it was womderful. It occurred to me that if you always fly to these conferences, it might be the elevation and pressure changes that bring them on every time. Other than driving to them (which presents its own challenges), I don’t have any other solutions for you. Thanks for sharing. It’s always helpful to know you’re not alone with this disease.

  • DonnaFA moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi, Elliegal, we’re glad you’re here! You’re not alone in having difficulty with traveling, in fact, we have several articles which discuss travel survival tips. Do you have any favorite tricks that help you get through?

    Thanks for being part of our community! -All Best, Donna ( team)

  • KateMcC
    3 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing! I know your frustration. I’ve stopped attending conferences as lights and sensory overload are huge migraine triggers for me. I had to quit working as an English professor after my migraines became chronic after surviving strokes at 37. Now I’m attempting to reboot my career as a writer. Unfortunately deadlines are impossible with the migraines. I’ve been asked to speak at a conference, and am terrified “conference migraine” will show up in my place. I would love to hear more about your coping techniques (in addition to meds, and good migraine hygiene) for these professional committments.

  • Luna
    3 years ago

    To bad the video plays a bit then stops, plays, stops over and over. Do others have this problem?

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