Age 46, Columbia USA
Best Migraine Friend: Deanna & Andrea
Weirdest Migraine Symptom: Eye Twitching
Most Predictable Trigger: Fluorescent lights
Most Useless Treatment Tried: Pretty much everything
How and when did you first get diagnosed with Migraine? Any specific type?
I was diagnosed when I was in my late 20s. All I was told was I have migraines with aura. I had to do my own research to find out what that meant and to discover that the symptoms I’d been suffering with for years were actually migraines.
What lifestyle changes have you made to help prevent Migraine attacks?
I had to stop wearing any kinds of caps or hats and I don’t put my hair up much anymore. These are big triggers. Sometimes just something touching my head (a hoodie for example) will trigger a migraine. I try to avoid places with fluorescent lights because they are a huge trigger for me. I walk every day. The fresh air, sun and exercise seem to help. I’m trying to eat better and cut back on caffeine.
What was the turning point in your Migraine Journey?
I don’t think I’ve had one really. I’m addicted to BC Powder now because even though I take them every day hoping for prevention, I still get the migraines. So, now I’m just addicted to BC Powder and have migraines and probably rebound headaches too.
Who has been the biggest help to you on your Migraine Journey, and how?
My best friend, Deanna and my long distance best friend, Andrea. They both have migraines and understand exactly what I’m going through. We can be there for each other in ways that people who don’t have migraines can’t. It helps when someone knows and can validate what you are feeling.
What is the most surprising thing you have learned about Migraine on your Journey?
That your head doesn’t always hurt with a migraine. I thought you had to have a debilitating headache to have a migraine. That’s what took me so long to get diagnosed because sometimes I would just get the aura or my eyes and face would twitch or my scalp would crawl or I would have weakness in my arm. I later found out these are all migraine symptoms.
What’s your advice to someone else living with Migraine?
Find a good doctor who will give you a diagnosis and explain what that diagnosis means. Try different things for your migraines, but if they don’t work, stop them (especially if it’s taking a medicine). Make sure you have a friends and a partner that understands what you are going through and doesn’t pass judgment.
What’s the next step on your Migraine Journey?
To get off the BC Powder and try to manage my migraines some other way since that isn’t working too well for me.
Helpful Resources from this Journey
- 7 Types of Migraine: Which Do You Have? (Article)
- Subtle Migraine Symptoms That Warn An Attack is Coming (Article)
- Yoga Total Body Balance Ball Kit (Migraine Again Store)
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