Migraines and what it means to have them

“Migraine is a genetic, neurological disease. Not a headache.” ~author unknown

Let me start out by saying that migraines are painful. There’s no sure way to prevent them and everyone who has them is affected differently. Mine cause me to go blind in my right eye and become unsteady when walking. The pounding pain, fatigue, nausea, not being able to concentrate, and any kind of movement is miserable. It gets so bad that I beg God for death.

Many people don’t understand that migraines can immobilize us. When a migraine attacks it ATTACKS. We can’t get out of bed because the pain is so awful. Treatment isn’t always easy, either. It can take years to find a medication or treatment to ease them, but even then they never really go away. I get them on a daily basis and am still trying to find a medication to help. And I’ve been having them for three years now.

So, what’s it like to have a migraine you ask? It’s like, at least for me, having an ice pick and a jackhammer going on inside my brain. This becomes more painful as my right eye loses its vision. Not to mention the nauseousness, anxiety, fatigue, sensitivity to light and noise, neck pain, becoming unbalanced, light-headed, and moody. This is what mine are like but many others experience them differently. No two migraines are alike.

All we ask is for you to be patient with us and try to understand. They are painful and when a migraine comes on we don’t want to talk or socialize in any other way. Simply put, we want the pain to go away so we can feel like ourselves again. So we can feel normal and be with our loved ones. In the meantime, we isolate ourselves until the episode ends. Understand also that these episodes can last for days. Please don’t take it personally when we ask you to leave us alone and go off to a quieter space. All we just want the pain to dissolve.

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