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My Story With Migraines…

Hello Everyone,

So todays post is a little different, I wanted to chat to you all about migraines in this post. I don’t know if a lot of you guys suffer with them but I hope that you don’t as I wouldn’t wish the pain on my worst enemy. I thought today that I would share my story and what I have gone through with migraines and how at some points it really effects my life.

I can’t remember an exact time of when they started but I do remember that it was my early teens, so around 14 or 15. I remember complaining about them to my parents when I used to get them once a month but they were never to the extent that I would be bed ridden, like I always am now. I went to the doctors a lot complaining of migraines but they never took me seriously. It wasn’t until I turned 18 or 19 that they started to get really frequent and extremely painful. When I was 18 up until last year, when I was 20 I would get a headache twice a week and a migraine once a week. There was not a week in my life where I wasn’t in pain so I decided to go back to the doctors to see what they could do.

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For those of you that don’t suffer from migraines, there’s no real way for me to describe the pain or how intense it can get. To most people they think that a migraine is just a more painful headache but its not. In my case, there is no cause for it, nothing that triggers it, I just get them, so my doctors tell me anyway. Over the years they have gotten worse and worse, I am now at the point that if I get one, I can’t move without vomiting or nearly fainting from the pain, so whenever I have one, I have to lie in bed in a dark room with a wet face cloth on my head. Migraines stop your life, they stop you from doing things you have planned, they stop you from going to work, when the pain is so strong you can’t move. If you haven’t suffered you might not be able to understand but trust me when I say that I would’t wish this pain on my worst enemy!

As for medication, I have been put on many different types over the years but nothing has worked, I’ve been on anti inflammitories, pain killers, really strong pain killers, but nothing even comes close to even helping with the pain, never mind getting rid of the pain. So I decided 3 weeks ago that I was done with going to the doctors just for them to tell me that there is no cure and that they can’t help. I’ve decided to take it into my own hands, as for the last year at least, I have not gone a week without taking some sort of painkiller, and that is not healthy for any human being.

For the past 3 weeks, I have been taking magnesium supplements daily and using a magnesium spray on my head whenever I feel a bit of tension. The magnesium spray is not only good for head tension, but any tension in the body as it relaxes musics and stops them from tightening and causing pain. I will leave a link to it here, if anyone wants to find out more about it. I am also after cutting down on my caffeine just to see if that has any effect. So far I have not had a migraine in 9 days, which may not seem like a lot but its the longest time I’ve gone without a migraine in years so I am praying they will stay away. I will keep you all updated with how this goes and if it keeps working for me, in a future post. 🙂

For anyone out there that is suffering, I thought I would suggest some things that have helped me to deal with the pain, not get rid of it completely but to make it more bearable and I really hope they help some of you!

Wet Face Cloth: This helps me a lot, a cold wet face cloth on the areas of the pain, helps to numb it a bit, it won’t get rid of the pain completely but it will help to ease it a bit.

Dark Room: You may not think this will help but it is a life saviour when it comes to migraines, my migraines also affect my eyes, to were I sometimes can’t see clearly so it puts even more strain on the muscles in that area, my eye sight is 20/20, I’ve been to opticians but when it comes to migraines, my eyes get aura which causes them to go fussy so a dark room is a must!

Keep your hair down: This may seem like nothing to people but whenever I have a migraine, I have to have my hair down as anything that includes my hair being tied up or tight, makes me migraine worse and the pain even more sharp, so take your hair down and try and massage your head a bit.

So they are some of the things that help me, I would love to find out if some of you have had the same problem and what you have done to cure them or what other tips you have to help the pain when you have them, please leave them in the comments! 🙂 Also I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who commented on my thank you for 2,000 followers post as I got so much love and amazing comments from you all so thank you so much! ❤ See you in my next post.

Thank you for reading,

Lauren,

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50 thoughts on “My Story With Migraines…”

  1. Ugh, I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with this for so long. I too have been battling migraines for as long as I can remember. I’ve never tried taking magnesium supplements or using the spray but I will definitely have to check it out! xo

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  2. Girl I’m so sorry you have to deal with this. I never really get migraines but I have a friend who has a problem with them (she gets them quite often) so I think I may share this post with her. ❤

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  3. Omg I related so hard…I suffer from migraines almost all my life and nothing helps better as a dark room(or a sleeping mask for eyes…it does wonders if you can’t get total darkness at the moment),+ I use menthol feet cream for my forehead it does helps a lot to just get over all of the pain. Great post and I will try the spray,mby it will help.Great post!❤

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  4. I really hate getting migraines! 😞 My doctor diagnosed me with Complex Migraines when I was 11, sometimes they’re so bad I can’t read or write, my arm and face can go numb, sometimes they make me sick and one time I almost passed out, usually I feel the headache around my eye and it’s horrible! I find the best thing to do when I have a migraine is definitely a dark room and a wet face cloth. Great post btw and really helpful! ❤️

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  5. Thank you for sharing such a personal struggle. I just got my first migraine this year and I’ve had another since then. I’m hoping thats the end of the line for that. It was not at all pleasant and it was really disturbing losing my vision/everything being too bright. My friend gets migraines semi-often and always has to go home, and I never totally understood why. You really do have to experience it to understand unfortunately.

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  6. I too am a sufferer of migraines- I’ve never tried magnesium before, so I’ll have to try that! You’re right- it’s hard to describe the pain to someone who has never experienced one. I once ended up in the hospital because it got so bad once. Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips!
    Arielle

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  7. Being a migraine sufferer as well, thanks for your tips. I have never heard of using magnesium supplements. Actually, exercising and multivitamins have also been a great help for me. Take care and all the best. 🙂

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  8. I used to get debilitating headaches, but they’ve subsided in recent years. I have never heard of magnesium pills – so I’ll have to give those a shot next time one comes on. My mom swears that things help if your hair is down, too. I’m glad you realized the things that help you! 🙂

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  9. I feel your pain! I know exactly how painful it is, I suffered from migraine once in awhile too when I don’t get enough sleep or stress too much. It can be extremely painful because it’s not only my half head hurt but also effecting my eyes. The best remedy is get enough sleep, drink a warm water and take a warm bath.

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  10. Hi Lauren 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this!

    I am now in my mi 20s and have suffered from really intense migraines since I was about 16. Mine average about once a month and I find that they can really impact my life due to how debilitating and painful they are, so I have an immense amount empathy for you as you explain they can happen on a weekly basis! I also have vomited due to migraines and find that no pain killers or medications help- and yes doctors also can offer me no explanation as to why this happens.

    This year I started doing intense exercise again and soon had to stop because I would always get a migraine after doing exercise, that I would be really scared to go to the gym. I started doing exercises that were less intensive (e.g. pilates) and have slowly started doing more high impact exercises as I am so scared of risking getting a migraine.

    I have heard that Magnesium can really help due to receiving muscle tension and I will definitely try the spray!

    Once again thanks so much for sharing- my heart really goes out to you because I truly understand how awful migraines can be!

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so sorry that you get them too, it’s awful isnt it. Yeah I used to go to the gym all the time but started to get migraines the day after working out so I had to stop too, I am now doing less intense workouts and lots of stretching to see if it helps! I hope the spray helps you and that your migraines go away, and thank you for your lovely comment ❤

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    2. That’s so crazy, I get migraines after intense exercise as well! This makes me so sad because I love going for long runs and doing cross fit type workouts but I would always get a migraine after. I thought I was just me…. I tried googling this link between the two and nothing has come up

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      1. You’re definitely not alone! I didn’t used to have migraines after I exercised- then I stopped exercising for 2 years due to some anxiety issues I was going through and when I started exercising again I suddenly started getting migraines. I googled this a lot and also struggled to find a connection. The most intense exercise I now do is zumba and lately I haven’t been getting migraines, but I’ve been very cautious as it is awful to fear that a migraine will get triggered due to a healthy activity! My heart goes out to you, I really understand the struggle ❤

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  11. I can so relate to this post. I am currently suffering from a 3 year non-stop migraine. We haven’t really been able to break it yet. I pretty much do everything you said and most of it can bring a little relief!

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  12. What hell must you have been through!!
    I read this book, “The Migraine Brain”, from Carolyn Bernstein. I don´t like to advertise on blogs, but it´s a really decent (and cheap) book, and it has helped me a lot understanding my migraines, and there are so many ideas in that you could try…

    Good luck, and I pray with all my heart that one day you will be pain free.

    (And as for not wishing others to experience migraine: maybe I´m a bad girl, but I sometimes wish everyone would have just one really bad migraine in their life so that they would at least get a hint of what migraine sufferers are going through. Then maybe they´d be more supportive and understanding.)

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    1. I’ll definitely have to give that a read, as I’m trying to find a natural way of getting rid of them if I can, thank you 🙂
      Thank you so much, that’s so sweet ❤
      Yeah sometimes I think that when people refuse to understand, but really I just wish they wouldn't happen to anyone 🙂

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  13. Also: I just saw on your blog that you use a lot of skincare products.
    i don´t use anything except almond oil, because some of the chemical components of those creams provoke migraines too (because your skin absorbs them). Have you tried if maybe there are some components in those products that might be provoking your migraines?
    You could try going all clean for a few weeks and see what happens. And then start using them again one by one, and keep a journal of your migraines, frequency and intensity and so on, and see if they´re related? Just an idea.

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  14. It really is awful how some people just think that you are being dramatic and it is just a “bad headache”. I used to get migraines when I was in my teens, and luckily grew out of them in my mid 20’s. But they were crippling. Nothing ever got rid of the pain and I remember just feeling so sensitive to everything. My hair was too heavy, my clothes were heavy and scratchy.. and don’t even get me started on lights. As soon as I felt one coming on, I would strip right down and get into bed with the lights off. I really hope the magnesium does the trick, or you find something that does. Fingers crossed for you girl.

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  15. Sorry to hear about this awful migraine issue. A chiropractor can help adjust your neck if you know of a good one and believe in their tactics. Also, I have taken Fever Few, which has helped in the past. Sending healthy vibes. xx

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  16. I got my daith done a little over a year ago but around the same time the doctors changed my medication so I have no idea which helped. At least the daith looks pretty.

    I usually end up curled in a ball in a dark from with the cold patch thing stuck to my forehead (I don’t actually know what they’re called but it’s like a gel and it stays cold longer than a wet cloth).

    I tried cutting out caffeine too and it’s worked for me; my migraines have become so infrequent – not to mention I’m sleeping better- so I hope it works as well for you.

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  17. Hi, I suffer from migraines myself, fortunately for me, it only happens two or three times a year, but I do know of others who suffer depression because of the migraines, it’s a horrible thing to suffer but I think your post gives brilliant advice, well done.
    I was wondering if I could post some of your blog posts on my main website on Weebly, they will, of course, be fully accredited to you with links back to your website
    Thank you
    Andy

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  18. I have the same problem! Went to my doctors and all they said was that they can’t help as it’s incurable and to use paracetamol which most certainly does nothing!! All of your tips you suggested I already use and they help a bit but I’m still looking for an answer to get rid of the horrible migraines! X

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    1. Awh you poor thing, I feel the exact same, the tips only help so much but there doesn’t seem to be anything yet that stops them or gets rid of them completely when I do get them. Its awful that no one will even investigate to see what is going on with their patients when they complain of such a bad pain, hope they go for you soon tho 🙂 x

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