Mary and her husband John have four adorable children and a loving extended family. The kids are active in school, sports and social events every week, and the couple enjoys hanging out with their extended family a few times a month. Lately though, Mary’s migraine headache pain has limited her ability to take the kids to their activities, care for the house and spend time with the family. John is beginning to feel the strain of carrying most of the load as he works full-time and juggles the kids, the house and family functions with little help from his wife. She knows he’s frustrated, but despite her best efforts, the migraine symptoms continue to plague her.
Liz, a recent college grad who just moved to New York City, loves to spend her weekends exploring the city’s eclectic ethnic restaurants, used bookstores and coffee shops. Liz also suffers from migraines, and, due to severe migraine pain, she has to cancel plans she makes with friends at least twice a month because of her migraines.
“My friends just don’t understand,” says Liz. “They frequently tell me that it ‘can’t be that bad’ and that I just need to ‘get out there and have fun.’ The worst, most hurtful comments are when friends say that it’s ‘all in my head’ and that I ‘don’t even look sick’ despite my ‘migraine symptoms’.”
His eyes looked so bloodshot, they appeared to be on fire. It was then I knew he was about to have a severe migraine.
John is a migraine sufferer. He sometimes misses out on time with friends and family because of the debilitating pain. While he recognizes his migraine symptoms once the headache sets in, his attentive loved ones are an important part of getting migraine relief.
As she feels another attack coming on, Sarah reaches for her migraine diary to record her symptoms. When her doctor suggested she should keep track of her experiences in this little notebook, Sarah wasn’t quite sure it was worth the effort. In fact, she wondered whether or not she would even be able to write down anything when her symptoms were at their peak. Should she even bother?
People who have never experienced a migraine for themselves often have trouble appreciating just how debilitating this condition can be. To help others understand the struggles you face as a migraine sufferer, you need to be able to describe your migraine symptoms and migraine pain in detail. Below is a guide and words bank to help you put your experience into words. Continue reading “How To Describe Your Migraine Pain”
You’ve waited for this all year; it’s the day of the family reunion. This is the one day of the year when all of your family members are in one place. Now it’s time to catch up on everyone’s latest news. You’ve spent a week planning, preparing food, choosing a new dress and getting cute little outfits for the kids to wear. The car is all packed, your husband is getting the kids rounded up, and you are putting the finishing touches on your hair and makeup. Then it happens. Another migraine strikes. Is this really happening on one of the most important days of the year? You try to push through the pain and go to the reunion, but it’s just not working. There’s no choice but to pull the shades, retreat to bed and let your husband take the kids to the reunion alone. And soon, the phone calls from concerned loved ones will start, adding to your pain and frustration.
A rebound headache, also known as a medication overuse headache, is caused by the chronic overuse of medications to treat primary headaches. In fact, the International Classification of Headache Disorders officially classifies these headaches as secondary headaches attributed to a substance or its withdrawal. Over-the-counter headache medications, like acetaminophen, ar frequently the source, although the excessive use of caffeine may cause them too. Many different prescription medications are also linked to rebound headaches, including symptomatic drugs like narcotics, benzodiazepines, and even decongestants.
Did you know that migraine symptoms also occur in other areas of the body? These symptoms are triggered by abnormal activities in the brain that affects these areas, and may occur days or hours before the migraine even begins.
As doctors and researchers dig further into the effects of chronic migraines on sufferers, it is hard to ignore the apparent correlation between migraines and depression. Research has shown that chronic migraine sufferers, most especially women, have higher rates of depression than their migraine-free counterparts. Recent studies found that over half of individuals suffering from migraines develop depression. Research has also shown that women are nearly 50% more likely to develop depression, if they suffer from chronic migraines.
Migraines can be a real challenge for sufferers. Torturous head and neck pain often cripples people for hours or even days once a migraine sets in. Much research has been done to develop cures or treatments for the painful condition. Despite this, many people are unaware of the real nature of migraines. In an effort to spread awareness and dispel myths, here are five things you probably never knew about migraines: