snugglesrn - I 100% understand about
people thinking you have "headache, take some Mortrin and go back to your life". For many years, my brother suffered from migraines all the time - I was the one who didn't understand as I had never had one. I would get so aggravated with him - thought he was lazy and just didn't want to be out doing stuff. I always thought it was just an excuse. Well.........one year ago, I started suffering from consistent migraines - daily or weekly. I have apologized to him over and over. I now know what he was suffering through and didn't get one iota of sympathy from me. No one can understand that a migraine is much more than just your everyday headache - whether it is a typical, cluster, silent, or whatever other kind of chronic headache there is (I offended some the last time I talked about
a migraine being worse than a headache so I am trying to cover them all). My point is that when you have any kind of chronic head pain, it is different than the person who has a mild headache, treatable with motrin, occassionally. So, I completely understand what you are saying. Try not to worry about
what others think. My good friends and family now understand what happens to me - I have gone to great lengths to explain to the people I care about
what happens to me when I get a migraine. My neurologist gave me some good explanations that help all understand. Your entire body is involved when you have a migraine. Also, once the pain is gone, your body is still affected for awhile. Also, before the head pain starts, your body is already gearing up. That is why some of us have the "auras". My auras aren't the flashing lights, etc. I just get this exhausted feeling - my legs feel like they weigh 500 pounds each and every step is an effort - prior to my pain. So, try to explain to the ones you care about
what happens to you and forget the others. Who care?
Have a great day.
DX: Migraines since June, 2006, kidney stones
RX: Daily - Verapamil, Trileptal
PRN: Relpax, Prednisone, Dilaudid, Lortab, Lidocaine Nasal Spray