In the month of May, I spent 23 days with migraines.
The ugly truth about the above statement — migraines equals extreme pain, blurry days, a miserable attitude and, at times, depression. For the past 5 years, I have been on the hunt for relief. I’ve tried a million different prescription medications (yuck) that made me feel just as bad, if not worse, than the migraine itself. I’ve kept an open mind, trying preventive tips and manageable magic tricks with little success. But, this isn’t a pity party — this is my journey, and one day I know I will learn control my chronic migraines.
I’m not a doctor, and in no way, shape, or form should you take my advice without first consulting a professional. Migraines are complicated, and each sufferer is very different. For me, migraines are chronic rather than episodic, which means I typically have 15 or more per month. They begin with a tingling aura. Next comes sharp pain, pressure, exhaustion, nausea. Which then leads to laying in a dark room until it ends. So, what do I do about it? How do I make it through my days? What keeps me smiling?
First and foremost, I journal about them. I write about each migraine as I experience it. What I ate that day, what I smelled, how much sleep I got the night before, what the weather is like, how my stress levels are. Writing about my migraines has not only helped me cope, but also lets me learn a lot about myself, and how I can possibly have a little bit of control in the matter. When I first started journaling, it seemed that everything was causing a migraine. But with each day that I continued, I developed a better relationship and understanding of what my “triggers” are. If you suffer from migraines, my best advice is to try your hardest to learn the most you can about yourself and your body.
I take each day at a time. Balance is something that I strive to attain, day by day; for instance, staying active and eating cleanly minimizes my stress levels and keeps confidence high.
Sometimes it’s hard to admit that you have been avoiding the big picture, the plan, the possibilities. I’m exhausted, burned out, overwhelmed by my current doctor and the endless prescriptions. Now that I have recently agreed to look at my big picture, it seems only right that I expand my healing circle to include holistic doctors Take a look at your big picture, and what do you see? Define your lifestyle. How are you encouraging your overall wellness?
I stay hopeful. This is easier said than done. But, if I know that I am doing the absolute most that I can, it will all come full circle. I will continue to seek for answers, and try my best to stay positive.
+What successes have you had when finding treatment for your migraines? Any tips on getting through the days? Let me know in the comments!