I am a 41-year old woman living in sunny California, with a wonderful family and a great job. Sounds idyllic, right? The problem is if you look closely, you would see that I am tired and frustrated from my fifteen-year battle with migraine.
Five years ago, I landed in the hospital on day 14 of the worst intractable migraine I had ever experienced. They kept me for three days, trying and failing to break through my pain with a cocktail of various medications. I ended up on a morphine drip.
The years of migraine flying under the radar are behind us. Though there is still much progress to be made, the last few years have been some of the most monumental we’ve seen for the migraine community, making us all the more excited for 2020.
As the year comes to a close, we are recapping the five highest viewed blog posts from 2019… 1. Pregnancy and Migraine Medications Pregnancy is a step into the unknown. It can be the most wonderful time in a person’s life, but it can also be intimidating. For women living with migraine disease, contemplating pregnancy can be downright
It wasn’t like I had a brain tumor. This is what I remember most from my first trip to the student health center the first semester of my freshman year. The doctor loudly exclaiming outside my small sterile examining room that “it wasn’t like [I] had a brain tumor.”
Why? A simple and poignant question. It has been a breakthrough for so many. A three-letter word that cuts toward the core of understanding. I have heard both theoretical scientists and three-year-olds use this same question. Each trying to desperately grow their minds by willing it towards understanding the world around them. The day I asked the question of, why, on the side of a Tennessee path I was searching for the answers to why my stomach had revolted abruptly and violently. Leaving an otherwise patch of dry leaves moist and putrefied. The immediate causes I tried to line out but the solution still eludes me today. Even through the leaves and my unavailable powers of divination, I could see that my day was done. The “why?” of being there was easy. I have believed for some time that there is a need to show others the impact of migraine. I use arduous efforts of physical endurance to strike conversations about migraine.
Having lived with constant migraine pain for the past six years, I’ve found migraine to be the biggest test of my career. For years, the disease has made it hard to get to work and impossible to focus when I am fortunate enough to make it to my desk.
At one point my migraine attacks even stole my career. They forced me to quit my job, sublet my New York apartment and move to my parent’s home because I couldn’t function in my pain any longer. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to endure.
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Super-Responder: A Story of Life After Aimovig I sat staring at my phone, anxiously hitting the refresh button. The FDA was slated to announce their approval of Amgen’s new migraine prevention drug sometime today and the sun was beginning to set. As darkness began to fall, my heart began to beat faster.
2018 has arguably been one of the most transformative years in migraine, from revolutionary treatments to worldwide awareness. Here’s a recap!