How do you cope at work and day to day

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   Posted 9/21/2011 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all-
I was just diagnosed with migraines this week after 4 months of being dizzy almost all the time.  I have been out of work this whole week:  Monday due to 3 hours of vestibular testing and then a drs appt and yesterday and today due to dizziness and now a headache at the back of my head and nausea( possibly due to the new medication).   As I think about the diagnosis I guess I've had migraine like symptoms my whole life: hate loud noises(fireworks) and bright lights(mom used to yell at me for sitting in the dark as a kid) and extreme motion sickness.
 I'm wondering how everyone holds down a job and helps take care of their home and family. I live with my husband, our 20 year old son and 2 dogs. I am having a difficult time functioning.  Any tips on coping day to day would be great.  Also, should I tell my employer about my diagnosis?  I'm not sure if it would be helpful or not.  Thanks!

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   Posted 9/21/2011 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I would def tell your employer. I completely understand - I had to go on daily preventative meds finally because I actually could not function in day to day activities. I had some attacks come on while I was driving so now I am a little nervous and have other people drive me around. It might take a while for you to come to a good place with medications. Hang in there - once you get a pill that works you will notice!

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   Posted 9/23/2011 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you should tell your employer so that they can know what's going on. As a collage student I know how hard it is to deal with it some times. I used to just try to ignore it like it would go away but it doesn't. I finally just recently started taking some pills that my doctor gave me and I hope it will work soon. You may want to look into medication yourself. Also if you can avoid anything that you may think trigires it. For me the main one is stress which I am not good at avoiding. I hope that helps and that you start feeling better soon.

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   Posted 9/27/2011 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum. My answer would be somwhat similar to the others. You should tell your immediate supervisor, but make it clear that you are working closely with your doctor to get a good treatment plan established. Hopefully they will be understanding, and look at migraines as the disease that they are and not just "bad headaches".
As for working, it takes some time to adjust. I know personally I've been through several different medications and doses before I found something that works. So try not to get frustrated (it only makes it worse!), and make sure to keep in touch with your doctor on what is working/what isn't. Keeping a headache diary can help too so that you can identify your personal triggers.
Some things that I do to manage working day-to-day...I go for walks during breaks at work to help reduce stress, that really helps. I keep a britta filter in my office so that I have no excuse to not stay hydrated. I keep a heating pad and an ice pack, which can help avoid a full-blown headache if I get a neck ache or sinus pressure. And of course I keep some of my triptan medication with me, and take it as soon as I know that it's coming despite all this (and try and put my head down for 15-20 minutes). Also, because mine can be triggered by stress like ckt said, I have learned how to use deep breathing and other relaxation techniques to get through those times before I let myself get all worked up.
I hope that things start looking up soon!
lauren smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 10/3/2011 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with what Lauren said completely and it will taken awile with getting some medication that works the way you want it to. Also I have had Headaches for as long as I can remember and something that I am just now picking up on and that is just now affecting me is food triggers so I would pay close attention to that. Stuff I have ate for years are just now triggering my Migraines. Process Cheese is a big one for me, Cream Corn, and yeah get this it stumps everyone Watermelon even the doctor seems confused. So I would keep a diary like Laurn suggested!

Good Luck Keep us posted!
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