6 Things I Wish People Understood about Migraines

KD writes about things people don’t understand about migraines. As a migraine sufferer, I also strongly wish more people understood them.

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What I feel like people with migraines wish others understood about the experience:

1) it isn’t just a really bad headache. I promise we aren’t exaggerating the pain. And usually we are severely downplaying the pain so we can keep functioning (if you can call it that).

2) migraine sufferers don’t refuse medicine because we’re not in pain. We refuse medicine because once it’s a migraine, medicine will only upset the stomach more and won’t do anything for the head.

3) migraines are whole body experiences, even though it’s just considered neurological. At their worst I can spend an hour or hours with my head in a trash can or over a toilet throwing up because any little sensation is excruciating. I know some people have it even worse. I know some people have migraines that can last days or even weeks.

4) to go along with 3…migraines make sound…

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