Head Pain Relief
by Jordan McDonnell
Solving the puzzle... I hope!
People often say to me “it’s just a headache!” but I wouldn’t wish a migraine on my worst enemy...THE PAIN IS UNBEARABLE.
Migraines have been a part of my life since I was 4 years old. I would have to take days off school, cancel plans with my friends and my mum would have to put me to bed in a dark room with a flannel over my eyes. I would get very sick with them and they could last for days.
They still affect me for days on end.
They usually begin with aura which can be a variety of symptoms including zigzag lights, blind spots in the vision, numbness and tingling or speech problems. I am forced to withdraw from the world entirely until the pain loosens its grip. The pain is usually a severe, throbbing and pulsing pain.
I can also lose my memory when I get them and all I want to do is sleep.
They are ruining my social life and my ability to work. They make me depressed. I feel like they are ruining my entire life.
About a year ago my migraine attacks became worse, and no medications from my doctors were working. The doctors would just say 'it's hereditary' as my Nan suffers from them. They cause me to have: panic attacks, flashing lights, vomiting and lately... collapsing with the pain.
I’ve been ending up in hospital because of being unconscious. It’s terrifying.
After doing some research I found The National Migraine Centre in London. So, I took a trip there and spoke to Dr. Katy Munro who has put together some strategies to reduce the frequency and impact of my migraines. The support there is amazing!
I don’t feel so alone now I know so many other people are experiencing the same things as me.
I know I won’t be able to stop my migraines completely, but I am positive that with help from The National Migraine Centre I will be able to handle them better. #positivevibes