Dominated by Migraine

Migraines can become so overwhelming that they dominate my life.

I wake up in pain. All my bones feel like they’ve turned to lead, stiff and heavy. It’s hard to move. Getting up is the hardest thing. Sometimes I don’t, I just fall back asleep.

I eat just so I’m not nauseous when I swallow something in hopes it quells the pain in my head. I drink to swallow it down. I drink more in case it’s a slight case of dehydration.

I bathe to open up my sinuses, open my airways. I breathe in the steam. Washing my hair and body are an afterthought.

I listen to music and talk to family and friends to distract myself from the pain, to draw myself out of my head, out of the pain.

I crawl back into bed as a last stitch effort. My body exhausted after going to war with itself. Physically, I haven’t done much, haunted my house. Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and repeat. That’s it. I close my eyes and try to sleep. Being unconscious seems to be the only escape.


3 thoughts on “Dominated by Migraine

  1. Different pain but so much in common. My hands, wrists and knees are especially bad today. I’m marathoning the RedBox I got the other day. When it’s like this the world comes to me. Whatever or whoever cannot interact with me in my dimmed bedroom does not exist for me when it’s like this.

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  2. I used to get up in the middle of the night and take aleve to avoid those morning headaches. If I woke with one, it was already to late.


    • Ugh. When I was in high school, I took this strong muscle relaxer for headaches and migraines. I would take it in the morning and afternoon, 12 hours apart. 6 am and 6 pm didn’t work – I would fall asleep in French class, 9 am like clock work and be exhausted all day. So I decided to take it at 3 am and 3 pm. I would wake up in the middle of the morning to take this stupid thing so I wouldn’t fall asleep in class. And after all that, I still had headaches and migraines! I leave a bottle of excedrin next to my bed so I can roll over, take two and then fall back asleep.


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