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I’ve hovered over the toilet unable to control a migraine-induced nauseous stomach more than I care to remember. More often than not, I was stuck in a cold, dark, and quiet room with so much head pain it felt like someone was inside of it pounding a drum against my skull.
I’ve gone to sleep with ice packs on my head, my special neck pillow, no devices on, and a fan going to keep me cool only to awaken a few hours later with so much pain all I could do was cry.
I’ve had plans and after plans canceled, vacations ruined, holidays altered, and have shown up to birthday parties and kids’ concerts with my ice hats on.
There have been so many times that my life has been put on hold because of the life-altering pain and symptoms of Migraine.
Not to mention how it’s affected the family.
The Journey to Finding a Natural Solution
As you can imagine, I’ve tried just about every natural symptom treatment and healing treatment known to man. Such as supplements, herbs, vitamins, essential oils, and even diets, and nothing helped. Certainly not enough to matter. Not enough to stop them dead in their tracks.
Though I do still strive for a well-balanced body and diet the fact is the only diet that helped me to a degree was the Keto diet, which if you know anything about Keto then you know how incredibly difficult that is to maintain over a lifetime.
Several Years of Trying Natural, I Finally Knew Something Needed to Change
Fast-forward to 2021, I finally decided enough was enough. Enough messing around with natural remedies that weren’t working well enough. Enough letting Migraine control so much of my life. Enough of the internal worry about getting on prescription medication to treat this serious disease and enough worrying about what other people would think of my decision. But mostly, enough of the suffering.
My doctor tried a few different options to treat the migraine attacks when they broke through and one option to try and stop them from happening so frequently.
Unfortunately, my attacks weren’t able to get under control and after several months of being seen by my primary care physician, she essentially threw in the towel and said she didn’t know what else to help.
I was referred to a neurologist.
My Doctor Threw in the Towel and I’m So Grateful She Did
I’m so grateful she threw in the towel.
I was forced to look my chronic Migraine diagnosis square in the eyes and get real with myself.
I was forced to quit caring what other people would think about my treatment.
I was forced to quit hiding behind my optimistic attitude and face that I had a very real and very serious disease that was ruining my quality of life.
Opinions and Judgments Flew My Way
Everyone came out of the woodwork with their opinions, solutions, and ideas about how serious my Migraine disorder was.
The more I updated people online the more “well-meaning” people “offered” their ideas as to how to help.
As you can imagine nearly everything they suggested I’d tried or knew was a joke and wouldn’t be of help.
I had a person suggest diet and exercise was my answer.
I had another suggestion that maybe if I lost weight it would help. As if Migraine was an obese person’s disease.
And more people than that suggested nearly everything I’d already tried and hadn’t helped me.
I felt the collective barrage of opinions and even judgments coming at me and it caused me to shrink inward and even grow a little sad.
I Had to Finally Listen to My Heart, That Small Voice Inside
I knew in my heart that this wasn’t a diet thing, or a hormonal thing (hello, I’ve had panel after panel done), or a vitamin deficiency, or or or.
I knew in my heart that this was likely stemming from a couple of other illnesses I live with that were at the least adding to the frequency.
No one wanted to hear me all these years.
I finally permitted myself to not give a damn what anyone else thought about the root of my Migraine condition.
What I knew in my heart is all that mattered.
Maybe Prescription Drugs Were to Be My Answer
It was time that I turned to whatever prescription drugs my neurologist suggested and to be okay with it.
I didn’t take that lightly.
I’m the type of person who prefers a natural treatment angle.
I was at the end of my rope.
12 years of living with a Migraine disorder was 12 years too long.
And in the last few years, it had turned from episodic to chronic.
I was experiencing them at least 20 days a month.
Seeing a Neurologist Cut My Attacks from 20+ Per Month to Less Than 7
Here we are two months into being seen by a neurologist, someone who believes me and has compassion for me, and understands what I’m living with, and guess what?
I’m doing better than I have in over 12 years.
The first month was rough, I’m not gonna lie.
Even though he was able to find the right prescription combination to help break a migraine attack when it happened, I still didn’t see a huge improvement in the frequency of my attacks, even being on a preventative injection.
So what changed?
It seems, the preventative monthly injection just needed more time in my system to work properly.
Now into month two, I’ve only had 3 migraine attacks as of the evening I’m writing this story.
Likely I’ll close out this month with less than 7 migraine attacks if everything keeps trending the way it’s been.
I feel relief, I feel happy, I feel validated.
Migraine is a very serious condition for millions of Americans and I’m no different.
I just needed to accept it myself, accept the help, try the meds, and stop worrying about what the nay-sayers would say about prescription drugs.
I’ve Stopped Listening to All the Voices and Only Listening to My Own and My Doctors
I’ve found there are so many voices and opinions about the chronically ill out there and I needed to shut off their voices in my mind and follow my gut.
My gut said I deserved help. I deserved a solution that would work. I deserved to not suffer needlessly because I was hellbent on figuring out the full root cause and healing that root cause naturally.
Modern medicine is there for a reason and it’s okay to be on prescriptions.
Yes, there is still a stigma in some circles about being on prescription drugs for anything, but those people can have their opinions and I don’t need to listen to them.
I Hope You Feel Empowered
If anything I hope you will feel empowered to take your chronic healthcare into your own hands and brush off the judgment you may experience from others, or even yourself.
It’s okay to seek help and to feel better.
It’s more than okay to utilize the healthcare system.
It’s okay to take a pill or to inject a medicine into your body if that is what your body needs.
And it’s also okay to chase a natural cure, too. If that’s your path.
I utilize both modern medicine and naturopathy and feel I have the best of both worlds now.
In Closing: I Feel Relief
In the end, I’m just so relieved that I’ve cut my migraine attacks by more than half and it looks to me like this isn’t a fluke.
I’ve finally found the right mix of meds to help me live a more migraine-free life again.
I can finally breathe a sigh of relief.0
Hi, I’m Nell. First, I’m a wife and mother, and a believer in Jesus. I’m also a writer of words, maker of art, and chronically ill warrior. This space is where I document this one big beautiful and flawed life. Essays and diary entries, poetry and art, and peaks into my heart. Welcome.