Worst Things To Say To A Migrainiac… EVER.

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10. Did you take your meds?

Whenever I tell someone that I have a migraine 9 times out of 10 their first reaction is to ask if I took anything. To be honest, I have even caught myself asking someone the same thing when they told me they have a headache. The problem, though, is that headaches and migraines are different. Maybe its just an automatic reaction and people don’t know what else to say or how to respond. But as someone who suffers from chronic migraines I can attest that the second I feel a migraine coming on the first thing I do is reach for the drugs. So asking me if I took my meds is kind of like asking if the sky is blue. It’s insulting and annoying AF.

9. Drink Water. You’re Just Dehydrated.

I admit that water does have great health benefits and I’m a believer that its always important to stay hydrated whether you are a migraineur or not. Dehydration is definitely a trigger for some people, but once a migraine strikes chugging massive amounts of water isn’t going to make it magically disappear.  Trust me, if it could I’d most definitely be using that method instead of pumping my body with medication. If water could cure migraines I️ think doctors would have stopped searching for a cure decades ago.

8. You Need To Exercise More.

   All migraineurs are not created equally. Everyone has different triggers and symptoms, however, there are definitely things most migraine sufferers can agree on. For me, if exercise had a Facebook account our relationship would be listed as ‘Complicated’. I love to stay active for not only my body but for my mental health and I truly believe that when I am consistently working I feel better overall. However, my workouts are severely limited because anything that remotely resembles high-intensity tends to trigger a nuclear war in my head and sends me into a days-long head-pounding bender. I mainly stick to workouts like pilates, yoga, barre classes and long walks in the park but some days even that is too much for me. When I am going through a tough period, most days I’m happy to get out of bed let alone keep up my low-intensity workout schedule. Once I get thrown off my routine, it can take me weeks or even months for me to get back into it. It’s a complete catch-22 that I am constantly trying to balance. So next time you think exercise and meditation can fix any situation, think twice before you nama-say the wrong thing. 

7. Don’t stress over it. You’re just making it worse.

Of course stress is a good breeding ground for migraines but telling me not to stress over something just makes me more stressed out and angry and therefore negates the whole purpose of your sentiment. It’s like when you tell someone to calm down. It just gets them more angry. So don’t do it. Because now you’re the one making it worse.

6. C’mon. You can push through it.

Most migraineurs end up learning how to push through their pain and sugarcoat their chronic struggles to make others more comfortable. They learn to live with pain everyday because they have no other choice. They are forced to deal with discomfort on a scale that no one should have to learn how to function with. So when a migraineur gets to the point where they speak up and can’t take it anymore, what they need is someone to be understanding and to tell them it’s okay.

5. Have you tried this…?

The answer is probably always most definitely yes. As someone who has been suffering from this disease for over 16 years now, I can confidently say I have tried almost everything out there or looked into every option and if there is some new treatment or medication waiting on FDA approval I probably know about it and am waiting with baited breath for it to get approved so that I can try it.

4. It’s just a headache. It can’t hurt that bad.

No actually. It’s not just a headache. And it’s thinking like this that gives people like me a reason to not want to talk to anyone about my condition. This is why I think it’s not worth explaining to people what I deal with, because of the stigma that comes with the word migraine.

3. Are you feeling better yet?

A migraine can last anywhere from 3 hours up to 4 days or even longer. I want to be able to attend plans with my friends and spend time with my family as much as they want me there but the added pressure to feel better makes me feel worse than I already do that I am missing out.

2. You don’t look sick.

Migraine is an invisible disease. It’s one of the reasons it has such a bad stigma associated with it. So while I do enjoy a good compliment every now and then, just because I may look well on the outside doesn’t mean that I don’t feel like a team of masons are laying bricks on top of my head one by one until my eyes will inevitably pop out of their sockets.

1. It’s all in your head.

I really, really wish this were true. Unlike those who use “I have a migraine” as just an excuse when they call out sick from work, keeping the stigma alive, when I do it its the real deal. I’m not playing hooky. I’d actually rather be at work. Instead I’m laying in my bed in silence… with the blinds drawn, lights out, cold compress on my head, hoping for a miracle and wishing it really was all in my head.

 

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Water is important–I’m not revealing anything new here. It’s one of the vital elements of life, after all, and it covers 70% of the Earth. The grandiosity of water has been reiterated to us to the point of redundancy in science class growing up, but only until recently has it occurred to me just how essential water really is.

This new medicine I’m taking gives me the worst cotton mouth ever! I’m constantly reapplying chapstick throughout the day and I now carry a water bottle with me everywhere I go.

Most migraine sufferers already know how important it is to hydrate. Most of you are probably reading this right now and thinking, “I already carry around a water bottle with me everywhere I go. So what?” My mom has been trying to get me to drink more water for years and is probably jumping for joy at the fact that she no longer has to nag me about if I’m drinking enough water.

Because now it’s not just smart for my health, now I’m desperately thirsty all the freaking time! And you know the worst part? I have to pee like 24/7. I try to hold it while I’m at work during the day as long as I can because, frankly, those bathrooms are disgusting. I work in the Flatiron Building in New York City, and while the building is a landmark and it’s real nice to look at from the outside, it is literally the world’s first skyscraper . . . EVER. Do you know how old that makes it? And I don’t think they’ve done renovations since the building was first built either. Now imagine what the facilities are like. You would hold it in all day too.

So I am guzzling down more water than I ever have in my life, hoping some of the benefits celebs credit water with in their interviews will rub off on me. Now the real experiment begins — does Jennifer Aniston really just drink lots of water to get that gorgeous glow or is it plastic surgery after all?

I’m trying to be as eco-friendly as possible while I water binge and have purchased a water bobble. Besides the fun name, it’s this water bottle with a filter inside so I can fill up continually while I work. The only issue I am running into is finding a way to efficiently clean the water bottle. They need to make some type of cleaner that can reach all the way down to the bottom. Come to think of it, there probably is one I just haven’t found out about yet. I will definitely be on the lookout.

So for now I will be focusing on just keeping on drinking and staying afloat!