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How I Gave My Migraines the Boot

Entering Room 12, I see a petite lady curled up in a ball on the stretcher, her hands wrapped around her head, large dark sunglasses in place, and she is rocking back and forth moaning in pain and vomiting. Faking? No, she is one of the many women I see daily suffering from a migraine headache. This scene touches my heart deeply, because I had been there and done that, years ago, I want to take away her pain, but I am simply an emergency room nurse, and my job is not to give advice but to follow doctor’s orders. At least that’s my job three days a week; the rest of the time I am an author, so the words of wisdom covered in this booklet, will be from the standpoint of an ex-migraine sufferer, not a medical professional. That said as a nurse I encourage anyone who suffers from recurrent headaches to seek the help of a medical professional, but I would like to share some beneficial techniques and therapies I used that changed my life.

If I can help just one person ease this awful affliction, it’s worth writing about. I spent years strapped to a bed in a dark room missing out on my children’s activities because I couldn’t even lift my head without a sharp pain searing though my skull like a dagger. I often prayed for an answer as to why I had to suffer so much, I was a good person, a good mom, a good wife, yet a prisoner for years in a jail of pain and humiliation. These headaches were a thief stealing my most precious time, and I felt powerless. Migraines are still a mystery in the medical field but new research is being done every day for new answers.

There are many types of headaches, but my focus for this article is migraines. Research shows that migraines tend to run in families, so if your mom or grandmother had migraines, you might too. These headaches can also come and go at different times, like when your hormones are having a really great time like your monthly period, pregnancy, or during menopause. Migraines are vascular headaches and are usually characterized by their recurrent nature, some starting with sensitivity to light, sound, or odors. The pain is moderate to severe and usually located on one side of the head. The attacks can last 3 to 72 hours. As the migraine worsens, the person usually becomes nauseated and vomiting can occur.

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