Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Let's Talk About Migraines

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8 comments:

Liz said...

I have only had one migrane in my life. I was at a cookout and had been talking about a major problem that I was having with a friend. Talking about the things that I was going through with this friend would upset me. We had left the party and I was upstairs taking my earrings out when all of a sudden I just grabbed my head. It was the worst pain I have ever felt. My eyes couldn't take the light. I was nauseated. My hubby being a CT Tech initially thought I had burst an aneorism and wanted me to go the hospital. I refused to go and he just fed me Aleve for several hours. Anyhoo.... I got that stressor (the "friend") out of my life and I have never had one since.

I know several people who suffer with them a lot and I feel so bad for them. I hate that this is something that you go through. I think it's great that you have found your trigger because a lot people never do.

Real Live Preacher said...

Paula,

I have migraines. Currently they seem under control because of some depression medication that I take which apparently fixes the neurological deficiency that both causes depression and migraines.

Thank you for the honesty of this. And I admire the depth in which you think about this physical thing, pulling into your spiritual awareness.

Sheri said...

I've had a few bad migraines, but my mom gets them often and she takes medicine for it now. I've actually had a few weird pains in my head over the past few days, hopefully it isn't anything major b/c well no job = no insurance so no MRI's or w/e they're called to see :(

Paula said...

Thank you each for commenting. This topic has been an "elephant in the room" for me - something that's hanging out there, that I know I want to talk about, that I need to talk about. It's important that each of us knows we are not alone. So thank you each.

I take Amerge now, which is a triptan. I think I'll do a couple other posts about migraines and related topics.

I am sorry that each of you has also gone through the trials of having migraines. It definitely sucks, and can really push you to your outer limits in many ways.

Sheri, I hope your head stops hurting. You'll be in my thoughts.

Marian said...

I decided to do anything and everything I could to figure out my migraines. I did that "surrender" process you mention and it led to soooo much! Migraines have a mystical quality. Migraines contain messages, deep beneath the horrible pain. When one of my mentors, Linda Barnett, said, "Migarine is spiritual energy misdirected," something clicked for me. The best news: onslaughts can be prevented. You might like my book Migraine: Pain of the Body, Cry of the Spirit. Written with compassion for all who suffer...

Paula said...

Marian, thank you for posting a comment! I highly recommend an elimination diet ... I really think that my migraines were tied to my gluten intolerance! I've been a changed person since I figured it out. I hope you find some relief.
Take care :)
Paula

anasuya said...

Hey, was good to hear about your migraine. When I first heard of migraine, it was when my husband's boss started taking off from work 'coz she had come down with 'migraine'. So here in India, it is associated with elite women :)- like O, she has the luxury of taking a day off 'coz of her migraine, but the rest of us still slogged on even with 'severe headaches'. The point was that we did not get it diagnosed those days. Now I really I have been suffering from migraine since I was 14 and did not know it till recently. The tablets help only temporarily but everyone at home is understanding. They advice me to draw the blinds, relax and play some nice music. I also found that my migraine was triggered by my shallow breathing. Now I make it a point to take deep breaths whenever I remember. thanks so much for talking to us. take care.

Paula said...

Thank you for replying! Cultural differences are always fascinating. I hope you are feeling better!