Naive Hopes of a Migraine-Free Life

Perhaps it’s because I’m an eternal optimist (or perhaps it’s because I’m naive), but I periodically wonder with hope if migraine attacks are gone from my life.

Spoiler alert: I’ve never once been right about this!

Do you ever have a healthy period that leaves you wondering if your life with migraine might have become a thing of the past, or at least a rarely-occurring phenomenon? 

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  • SoloApollo
    5 months ago

    I went a year without a single migraine. Still had chronic daily headaches but having not taken drugs and using alternative medicine and therapy, that was nothing less than a miracle. I accomplished a lot that year. Then the next year in January they came back in full force, stronger than ever. I don’t know what caused them to temporarily stop and start again. But I learned not to take my absent migraine days for granted and live those days fully. Whether it’s just a single or few days a month, or longer, treat yourself on each one, I say. Then hold onto those joyous moments when the migraine returns. Knowing there are days without migraine helps me to keep moving forward.

  • jmedlin
    6 months ago

    Before having children I had many savage cluster headaches, I remember wanting to poke my right eye out. While I was pregnant and breastfeeding my children they largely disappeared and I thought I was better. They started to turn to migraine in the decade my youngest attended primary school and have since become chronic migraine. Every time I try a new medication that starts to work I always think this might be it only for migraine to adjust itself and return.

  • Esme
    6 months ago

    I was episodic for over 16 years, with several long periods of complete remission that were not a result of any therapy or medication. Sixteen months ago I became chronic, and am currently at about 25 headache-days a month. Because I had those long remission periods I still have hope that I can be migraine-free – maybe not forever, but at this point I’d be thrilled to just be episodic again.

    My periods of migraine-free hopefulness usually only last about 5 days max, but if I didn’t have the hope EVERY TIME that THIS time might be the one, and reconciled myself to rolling around in bed in agony in a dark room for the rest of my life, I honestly don’t think I could go on.

    I think we are entering an exciting period of research that focuses on migraine prevention, and there are some promising therapies that give me renewed hope.

  • Roxieb
    6 months ago

    I too live in eternal hope that today might be the day my migraines are gone for good. I started going to a migraine specialist in July of this year, previously to that I had been going to a neurologist for 2 1/2 years. The neuneurologist just kept prescribing the same 2 medications just kept increasing the dosage. When I switched to the new specialist I found out I was taking 2 times the recommended maximum dosage a day with no relief. After testing, xrays, mri and cat scan I have been diagnosed with cluster and chronic migraine. Was put on 2 different meds and was went 10 days without any migraines. I was so excited, could this be it! Not so lucky, I have had 6 injections in my neck over the last 6 weeks for Cervical Facet Syndrome. No relief. I have had a continual migraine for over 2 months with minimal relief. Some days the hope is strong for a good day or two. Other days it is gone.

  • Luna
    6 months ago

    “Do you ever have a healthy period that leaves you wondering if your life with migraine might have become a thing of the past, or at least a rarely-occurring phenomenon?”

    I’ve learned that is a sign the healthy period is coming to an end.

  • Falcon6
    6 months ago

    Anytime I have a period of time that I am migraine free I think – Maybe they won’t come back! I even start to think – Maybe they weren’t as bad as you remember them to be, maybe you were over-reacting… Then migraine comes back as if to prove to me – Oh, I am as bad as you remember and no, you were not over-reacting!
    Once I went an entire 2 weeks with not even a hint of pain! I felt so NORMAL! I was telling my husband how incredible it was to have had no pain and I was feeling so optimistic! Then… later that day, I walked (without thinking because I was in a conversation with mu daughter) right through the Men’s cologne section. That was the end of my migraine free streak. It hit with a vengence.

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