I am very fortunate that at this time I seem to be in between rounds of my fight against migraines. I am a realistic person, and not going to say that I am retired from fighting. I just know that what I’m doing right now, is winning the fight. What started as a blog surrounding my migraines, has allowed me to write about all sorts of things while I’m in between rounds, and it’s been fun.
During this time, I’ve referred back often to my ‘anti-migraine potion‘ that seems to be what’s working for me. I’ve recently talked to two people I know about their current struggle with migraines, and the frustration that comes with it. I wish there was a magic one size fits all pill for migraine sufferers, but there is not. The pill that I was instructed to take unfortunately held hands with possible side effects of suicidal thoughts and the lack of being able to put a sentence together. That was when I knew I had to try everything else I had ever read about before succumbing to that option. Some people are lucky and are able to find the right fit to help combat their migraines. For the ones who haven’t found their answer to help relieve their migraines yet, keep pressing on, keep exploring options for what will work for you.
I went to the doctor yesterday for a routine physical. As I arrived in the office, I semi-panicked wondering if the spots in my eyesight were from the bright sunlight coming though the windows, or if a migraine was coming on. Anxiety and panic swept through me as I began to rub my forehead, and then press my earlobes closed multiple times. Not sure why I feel like this helps maybe prevent one, but I do feel that, so I had no shame in putting my fingers in my ears and pressing repeat as I was in the middle of talking to the receptionist, reporting to her that I was worried a migraine may be coming on. I then went on to make myself yawn a few times (I read somewhere that yawning relaxes your body and could prevent a migraine from coming on. Whatever, it’s now part of my routine.) No shame. I don’t care about looking cool, or even sane if any of my weird habits work. No migraine came, and I think it’s safe to say it’s not because I closed my ears about 20 times, but it makes me feel better. My migraine fear was still on my mind as I realized it was funny to list my vitamin and herbal supplements as the three things I take as my ‘medications’ for the first time in that doctors office, the nurse not familiar with what any of them were. The doctor, after learning about my migraines, pulled up some information on an electronic headband type thing that is supposed to be beneficial to migraines that he recently read about and found interesting. Here it is. You never know, it may be an added step to accompany my ear closing regimen in the future.
Migraines are so much more than just a headache. Migraines often come with, or lead to, both anxiety and depression. These are the things that at times can take a bigger toll than the actual migraine itself. Having people around you that listen to you, and respect what you are experiencing makes such a difference. Be your own detective, keep pushing the envelope if and when your doctor wants to give you their auto-migraine-sufferer-speech and auto-prescriptions. Research. Not only medical research, but research other migraine sufferers. I have found a wealth of information through following people who blog about their migraines. Find the best option for you!
I am going to continue to celebrate between my rounds of this fight. Good luck to you, keep fighting the fight!