Migraines Suck

I know I should not say this, but migraines suck. I am in search of a better more descriptive word so scroll down to see my list and vote on your favorite or even better add your own.  

Migraines Suck

Someone said to me a few years ago that if I thought more positively I would not get migraines.

I always have to pause when people say these things to me. You know, the people who have never had a migraine but are experts because their sister has them.

I have to admit that I do not know anyone with migraines. I am not sure why when the latest stats say millions of people get them. But this thought occurred to me - if you get 20 days a month like I do - then perhaps you stay in bed, can't work and maybe just don't meet a lot of people. 

Do you get out and meet people with debilitating migraines?

Year after year, time and time again, someone says something that hurts my feelings and tells me how to "CURE" my migraines.

Now you and I both know that currently there is no cure and if there was we'd be in there faster than a speeding bullet.

But no, we must endure this debilitating condition and the stigma that is still hanging around in society. 

So I decided to write up a list of words I would use to describe migraine pain. And I have to say that I struggle to use these words in public as too many people have responded like I exaggerate excessively. Well now, I'd rather let you tell me. 

Without further ado, here they are.

20 Migraine Words I Don't Use in Public (Anymore!)

1.  Brutal

2.  Cruel

3.  Relentless

4.  Soul Destroying

5.  Ruthless

6.  Heartbreaking 

7.  Tragic

8.  Unbearable

9.  Intolerable

10. Excruciating 

11.  Agonizing 

12.  Defeating

13.  Obliterating 

14.  Annihilating

15.  Devastating

16.  Destroying

17.  Demolishing 

18.  Demoralizing 

19.  Misery

20.  Vicious  

Words I Do Use - Migraines Suck!

Splitting, throbbing, debilitating, severe, intense, crappy, awful, nasty and depressing. It's like I have to choose safe or gentle more descriptive words for everyone else. But it feels freeing to say these things to you because I know you get it.

It does feel like the back of my neck has been hit by a crow bar. Like the skeleton has been separated between the head and the spine. OUCH just doesn't cut it, does it. 

I also get a swollen eye on one side that will not stop watering and head pain behind one ear. So much fun, not.

I often say that migraines are not life threatening but they are life altering.

In the past I would wait to take my triptan medication until my pain levels reached about a four out of ten.

Other times I would wait until I was a crying mess in bed. That was many years ago. A few years ago I read this eBook by Cynthia Perkins that talked about the timing of the attack and how best to stop it. I highly recommend reading this too - it changed everything for me.

On a more positive note, there are lots of ways to prevent migraines, depending of what you are diagnosed with and how severe they are. I would treat mild migraines differently to severe ones where possible.

Ways I Prevent Migraines

Here are some simple ways to help prevent an attack when you feel it coming on. It's important to act fast and take your medications if you have one you can take. Timing is everything.

  • Act quickly regardless to stop the ignition and sparks. Migraines suck even more when they last ten days!
  • You can be proactive with supplements and products may help minimize your migraines like: butterbur, feverfew or peppermint oil.
  • Use an ice pack for instant relief. It is my next step to take after the Naramig.
  • Try learning Biofeedback training to help you avoid your next attack and prevent future ones. If they are stress related this will be great as it is very much like a meditation with finger monitors.
  • Use relaxing CD's to get you through the anxious stage. These are great: psychosomatic wellness, headache release, and breathing, just to name a few of my favorites. I use one every night, even when I don't have an attack looming. They just help me drift off to sleep.

Use Your Words

What are some descriptive, yet helpful migraine words you have heard used or use yourself? What words would you never say out loud?

Let’s keep it clean. FYI, I will not post swear words, just so you know in advance.

More Distinguished Words

Browse the published new ideas below.

My Word For Migraines 
Migraines are bullies. I think migraines are bullies. Before I get one, during and after I feel like I have been beaten up. I feel like I have been …

Crippling Migraines 
Crippling, psychedelic migraines have ruined my life. I only got them 2 years ago and I am lost now. Have read a few of your posts and am off to see the …

Paralyzing Migraines  
I don't get any pain at all. Just once a year I get paralyzed for about 4 hours down one side of my body and I absolutely have to go to bed. Mostly …

Zig Zag Lights  
I don't get any pain but I get zig zag lights in my peripheral vision. And then sometimes I need to go and have asleep. But no pain. I am one of the …

Head Splitting Migraines 
Head splitting, eye crushing, snotty, blurry migraines.

Torturous Migraines 
Unfair, destroying, painful ... painful .... painful. It makes me so sad to have migraines interrupt my life. I get them almost daily and I can't take …

This is my first thought when I feel a migraine coming on. I don't have any words for migraines that are not swear words!!!

Wretched Migraines 
Hi Holly, I just could not resist sending in some words that I often use to describe my migraine attacks that seem to catch others off guard or something. …

Relentless Migraines 
Hi Holly, Oh this is great! Here are some words I use: Frustrating, silencing, impacting, continuous, on and on and on. Sarah Hey Holly, …

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Please fill in the form above with your migraines suck words - positive or negative. I will add them to the page. 

Wishing you another migraine free day!

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With this new information, what one thing can you do now to reduce your attacks?