Friday, 31 December 2010

I call him Mongo.

Okay. I can understand WHY people sneer at me when I say "I have a migraine." Too many people use that phrase when they mean "I have a really bad headache." I, however, know the difference.

A headache is pretty annoying.

A migraine puts you flat on your back.

When I say "I have a migraine," I mean that the muscles in my shoulder and neck have cramped up, my head feels like it's being squeezed in a vise and my eye is throbbing. Oh, don't forget that every light in the room is pulsing in time to my throbbing eye and that every sound I hear makes me want to throw up.

When you have a headache, you take a couple of painkillers and deal with it. I take a DOCTOR PRESCRIBED pill every night to try to prevent the migraines from starting plus another DOCTOR PRESCRIBED pill when the bloody things start anyway.

So when I say "I have a migraine" don't smirk at me and make jokes. It's not funny - it's an effing medical condition.

2 comments:

  1. Wondra, I know this is going to sound weird but have you tried cutting gluten out of your diet. I use to have migraines complete with motion sickness for days at a time to the point the pills no longer worked and I would have to go to the hospital. This was happening on a regular basis. As odd as it sounds, someone suggested I cut gluten out of my diet for just a couple months. At that point I was willing to try anything. Sure enough I went a couple months without a headache. I have been able to slowly introduce gluten back into my diet but constantly watch how much I eat. My body is not able to process it fast enough causing it to give me a migraine. I have had one migraine in the past three years. I consider that a success. I hope you find a way to live migraine free! They are so dang miserable. Nothing worse than not being able to stand light, dark, sound, quiet, breathing, your own dang skin...

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  2. No one's ever suggested cutting out gluten before. Godess knows nothing else works. It can be pretty hard finding gluten-free foods, though, can't it? I've had a lot of people say that the migraine's stopped on their own as they got older but I don't want to wait that long! Thanks for the advice!

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