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.
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.
4. Soul Destroying
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.
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. Many 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 eBook - it changed how I managed my attacks... and helped me abort the pain phase more effectively. I did get more control and got my life back!
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.
It's important to act fast and take your medications if you have ones you can take. Timing is everything.
Here are some simple ways to help prevent an attack when you feel it coming on:
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.
Browse the published new ideas below.
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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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Wishing you another migraine free day!
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