Migraine Awareness Month #4 Finding Nemo

How do you keep going in life when Migraine or another Headache Disorder deals you a difficult setback?

It’s not easy to deal with difficult setbacks in the daily world of Migraine.  But deal I must.  There are no other options.

In the recent past I’ve been venting either in my blog or to Twitter friends.  But I notice it’s always the same laments from me:  How can I cope with less medicine?  Why doesn’t this doctor get it?  Why are these migraines not getting any better and in fact sometimes seem worse?

These complaints and pleas feel good to get off my chest in the moment, but I sound much like a broken record.  So I’m trying to take a different approach to the aforementioned Migraine setbacks.

At this point in time, I have to make do with less triptans and soon no painkillers.  There’s nothing I can do to change that right now.  Eventually I may be able to have some pain meds reintroduced, but I must prove that the one and a half pills I take on average are not causing rebounds (this will be the third time I’ve had to do this).  I can’t afford to get upset about it as my emotions won’t change anything.

As for doctors not getting it, I believe I’ve finally found one that does.  He’s a migraine specialist.  I met him in March, and he has some solid ideas in mind.  When I asked if our next appointment (to go off Vicodin and start a new anti-seizure drug) could wait till mid July because I had a vacation planned, he said no problem.  I like this doctor.

Finally the most important setback – my migraines droning on forever and ever is to know from experience that there will be an end to the migraine.  The reprieve may only last a little while but it will come.  I’m working on not getting discouraged.  Ride it out.  Do what is needed whether it’s isolating myself, laying down, or at my migraines’ worse times – slowly walking around the house/sit for a minute/get back up again & repeat.  It is what it is, and what it has been for years. 

Yes, I’m trying to be tough about it – not in my physical response to migraines and all that accompany them, but in my mental attitude.  I do grapple with depression whereby medication is a necessity, not a happy pill and certainly don’t make light of any of this, I’m just tired of complaining all the time about the problems and have resolved to switch tactics.  I think I can do this.

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June 2013, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to unveiling the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders.  The 2013 Migraine and Headache Awareness Blog Challenge is a project of http://FightingHeadacheDisorders.com

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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