Since cutting out Gluten I’ve not experienced many migraines at all. However, I still get them more than the average person would. Today, I’m sharing some common misconceptions. Hopefully this will help non-migraine sufferers understand things bit more and any migraine sufferers to know they’re not alone.
- We can’t Sleep it off: Migraines can last for days. The pain may come in waves and stick around for days at a time. Going to sleep is often impossible because the head is pounding so uncomfortably. If you’re wondering if you’ve ever had a migraine, you probably have not experienced one.
- Medicine May not Help: Typical over the counter medicine for regular headaches will not work at all. Other stronger medicine is often really hard on the stomach, makes the person drowsy, or makes a person overly hyper and jumpy. Strong side effects may not be worth it to the person with the migraine.
- Everyone Experiences a Migraine Differently: Migraine symptoms can’t always be placed in a box and it’s not always the same for every person. Some people get really nauseous, some people lose sight in their eyes, some people get it on the top of their heads while others get it behind their eyes. Don’t expect everyone’s migraines to look and sound the same.
- Migraines are debilitating: We aren’t flaking out on plans when we say we have a migraine. We aren’t skipping out on work for fun. We don’t just have a “headache”. We can’t always work through the pain. During some really bad migraines, all I was able to do was lay down in total darkness with a washcloth over my eyes.
- Don’t Tell Us that “We Should Try XYZ”: Everyone’s migraine triggers are very different so no one trick will do from person to person. Often times, the person does know their triggers and may not always be able to control them. IE: if it’s hormonal, they didnt drink enough water, they ate something without knowing, etc.
Have you ever had a Migraine? What do people often say to you? Non-Migraine sufferers, is it hard to know what to say or do to someone who has a migraine?
Tell me in the comments below!
Big Thanks to Amanda for letting me Think Out Loud!
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