Migraineurs are all too familiar with the symptoms: sensitivity to light and sound, seeing auras, nausea, and intense, unremitting pain. After hours or even days, the pain subsides and you feel relieved but perhaps don’t feel quite normal. Lesser-known than the migraine itself is the migraine “hangover” known as the migraine postdrome.
Life as a chronic migraine sufferer is not easy. There are times when you’re in such excruciating pain you cannot even communicate how much it hurts because the agony is beyond words. Attacks can occur with a sudden viciousness that there’s no time to warn anyone around you about what is happening. You tend to withdraw from loved ones, not because you don’t care for them or need their support but because the severity of the pain precedes everything and everyone.
Life as the husband or father of a migraine sufferer is not easy, either. It can be difficult when it’s your wife or child who is at the mercy of chronic migraine pain and there’s nothing you can do to alleviate or end the pain. You want to stay near to make sure they have everything they need, but they may not able to verbalize exactly how you can help. You hate to see them suffer, and you wish you could offer relief. You know the best thing you can do is allow them to find enough respite to be able to tell you how you can help.
Impact on relationships
Migraine sufferers are often reluctant to tell employers about their condition, sometimes with good reason. Those who have never experienced chronic migraines have a difficult time understanding the tremendous impact it can have on day-to-day life. Being upfront about migraine pain, treatments and triggers can make a world of difference in your workplace and doesn’t have to be a headache for your boss, either.
Migraines are difficult to manage. Attacks not only cause discomfort but also debilitating headaches, vertigo and auras. Trying to cope with severe migraines is a daunting task. Faced with pain, confusion, and discomfort with no immediate relief, a migraine sufferer may feel depressed and in despair. Staying focused and positive during these trying times can be an enormous challenge. Despite the difficulties, migraine sufferers can develop their own routines to avoid and ease attacks, and keep spirits afloat during one.
Chronic migraine often leads to uncomfortable and difficult situations for long-time sufferers.
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If you have suffered with migraines in the past, you know how debilitating they can be. According to the National Headaches Foundation, over 29 million people suffer from migraines.
As any chronic migraineur knows, a migraine can strike any time and anywhere. If you suffer from migraines, it is important that you are well prepared before the migraine strikes, so that you can deal with better.
Migraine headaches are a condition, typically, seen more in women than in men. Migraines are different than stress or tension headaches in that they are a form of vascular headaches. This means they stem from the dilation of blood vessels in the brain.