Have you ever had a really bad headache? Like really, really bad? I think everyone has at one time or another. Chances are, though, unless you have been diagnosed with migraines, what you felt was just the tip of the iceberg compared to what someone who suffers from chronic migraines endures. Or, maybe that’s why you’re reading this. You, too, live with migraines, and want to see you’re not alone in your feelings about it.
If you’ve read any of my other Living With posts, you may know why these are important to me. I want to give the readers an understanding of challenges others may have, or to give others who are challenged by the same issue a little peace that they aren’t alone. It seems so simple, yet I bet if asked, most people will admit to judging somebody else without any first-hand knowledge of what that person is going through. I believe migraines are such a hugely misunderstood challenge. I think most people think they “get” what it feels like, because they’ve had bad headaches before.I thought I’d present to you one of those first-hand stories.
Here’s the deal. I personally had migraines long ago that were treated simply with prescription pain medication. I was lucky that they stopped after some time. I believe they were hormone related, but I’m no expert. I did get them again after the birth of each of my children (again making the hormone idea seem reasonable), even though it took me a couple of years after to realize that’s what they were. It had been so long (and I was so tired!), it took hindsight for me to recognize the terrible symptoms. I wanted nothing more than to sit and stare at my babies, but it was so painful to have my eyes open. I wanted to sit in the dark and throw up. For about 2 weeks straight. I consider myself very lucky that my migraines have not continued. But, remembering how debilitating they are, I reached out to Sarah to see if she wanted to enlighten others about the realities of living with migraines. Here’s what she had to say:
I was asked to document my journey of living with migraines in hopes to shed some light on how a person who has chronic migraines is affected as well as those who love them. Before I begin, I have to apologize in advance for how long this blog ended up being. Speaking of long, it has taken me forever to write this for Tina due to having daily migraines and then when I did feel up to writing, hundreds of thoughts, emotions and key points would just bombard me to where I knew there was no way that I could write something that would be comprehensible. So Tina, thank you for being patient. And thank you to those of you who are taking your time to read this.