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I Dont Get Headaches

by Caitlin Fladager 2 months ago in social commentary
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I live with migraines..

Migraines are not headaches.

I can't just "pop an Advil and be on with my day".

I can barely open my eyes without feeling like I'm going to throw up.

Certain smells will make me feel nauseous.

I can't be in a room with lights, let alone even look at my phone.

I have to just lay there, in the dark, sometimes crying from the pain.

I have to wear sunglasses if I'm in a bright place and suddenly feel a migraine coming.

I can even feel one is coming hours before it actually starts.

Sometimes I wake up in the morning, knowing I have one coming that night.

Saying to me "maybe you need to drink more" or "you just need more rest and to drink more water" is not helpful.

Or saying "isn't it just a little pain in your head, can't you nap for 20 minutes then feel better??" Is also not helpful.

Migraines are not headaches.

I've missed many things because of it. Many moments, many important days.

When I am invited to something that's a few days away, I will think to myself "oh, I hope I don't get a migraine that day."

Normal sounds such as flushing a toilet, or a fork scraping on a plate, or a door shutting, all sounds like an earthquake is happening inside your head to someone with a migraine.

It is not just a "little pain in your head".

Migraines are not headaches.

I cannot hide when I have a migraine. My vein will show you exactly where the pain is, my eyes will be watery from the lights around me, and I will be walking around holding my forehead trying to get some relief. I can't just ignore it and get on with my day. It's an all consuming pain, and I live with it, I deal with it the best I can, and I know I'm not alone.

Migraines are not headaches. The next time someone you love has one, care for them, don’t try to fix it. Just hold them.

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Caitlin Fladager

Mother | Wife | Mental Health Advocate

Telling my "Reel" truth about marriage & motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok & Vocal

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  • Christa Madison2 months ago

    I used to suffer until I went to a neurologist. He prescribed me a medication called Suvexx. If I don’t take it I will be down for days. When I take it my migraine goes within 20 min and I can live a pain free life finally. It’s pretty expensive but it’s definitely worth it!

  • Britani2 months ago

    I have suffered from migraines since age 7, I empathize with you! 😩 You inspired me to begin writing here, I saw one of your writings on Facebook, and have tried to follow along since then. I have always loved to express myself through writing, and have recently been getting a lot of internal motivation to find an outlet to share on. Because of you sharing, this opportunity came to be. Thank you. 🖤

  • Olga Gabris2 months ago

    A much-needed insight into what really happens. Thank you for sharing it with the world <3

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