How do you find the motivation to not go to a dark place when being in constant migraine pain with no relief? You keep telling yourself that you will find a solution. Be kind to yourself. Let me say that again. Be kind to yourself.
You also want to be present and proactive about your condition. Remember that Google is your friend. First, cross-reference lists of preventatives you've tried with ones you haven't. Then, ask your doctor about effective combinations and strategies that could work to temper your daily episodes.
- Do you have sinus symptoms that could be contributing to your episodes?
- Should you see a chiropractor?
- Is it hormones?
- Do you notice specific weather patterns that cause you pain instead of eating habits?
When it comes to feeling better, I will try just about anything. If you shop for your health insurance, there are plans that include massages, making it even more affordable. So I did a little math and opted for one that basically amounts to a copay for acupuncture and massage visits.
Log your migraine attacks and see if you can unlock a pattern. Then, show the results to your doctor, as open communication and detailed notes are mission-critical.
There are some fantastic online groups where you can get advice and vent to people who understand your struggles. Therapy is excellent for consciously deciding how you want to frame the things in your life instead of just reacting to them.
Dealing with migraines is challenging, particularly if it's messed up your foundation. Don't give up! It can take years to get on the right medication, and new ones are actively coming on the market.
For one of my friends, 2 years of beta-blockers changed her blood pressure and nearly eliminated all traces of her twice-a-week migraine problem. Since discontinuing the beta-blockers, she hasn't had any episodes responsive to OTC medication. She spent 3 years in dysfunctional misery before a new medication was suggested after all the triptans failed. My point? Other migraine warriors are dealing with the same struggles -- take comfort from that.
If you're wondering if you can have a normal life, the answer is yes. However, normal is entirely relative. People do things at their own pace, and that’s OK.
And lastly, remember that you're not alone. Don't give up. Living life as a migraine warrior is a marathon, not a sprint.
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