Monday, November 28, 2011

Say What?!

Today's challenge is to write about the most ridiculous thing I've heard about health or my condition.

Image by Migraine Chick
I really hate when people say things out of ignorance. There are MANY ridiculous statements / remarks that people say about Migraine.
  • "It's just a headache" - Oh, how I wish this were true! I have Chronic Migraine, but I think that even the days that aren't full-blown migraines are more than "just a headache." Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil... it's not going to cut it. And, that's just the head pain part of it... I have all kinds of other symptoms that accompany the throbbing head pain.
  • "You're too young..." - This one has been completed with " be in so much pain / to hurt so much / etc..." Migraine disease doesn't care how old you are! Not to mention, my chronic migraines started due to a car accident... that just so happened to occur when I was "too young" (i.e., 23 years old).
  • "It must be so nice to not have to work" - I've written about this before (Apartment Hunting), but it continues to come up. Yes, it would be nice to not have to work... but to not be able to work is horrible!
  • And, some of the stellar advice that I've received for my chronic migraines... "Get pregnant / have a baby" - It's true, pregnancy sometimes reverses the symptoms of migraines... BUT, it sometimes doesn't (I think it's a pretty even split: reduced and same/worsened migraine pain). Plus, what am I supposed to do AFTER the pregnancy with migraines and a baby?! I don't think it's fair to roll the dice on having a baby, just in hopes of a few months of relief.
Overall, I know that much of what is said is due to people being mis- or un- informed. That's one reason I try very hard to share some of my knowledge and experience about migraines with others.

This post was written as part of the National Health Blog Posting Month (NHBPM).


  1. My migraines started during pregnancy....which is 8 years fact, I think it's still the same one!

  2. Oh, I SO hear this! My version of "just have a baby" is "oh, it's just menopause - we ALL go through it".

    Makes me want to scream! If these people spent one day in the kind of pain I live with, they would be running to the closest ER......menopause, riiiiiiiight.

  3. Each day as I read your blog my head bobs up and down ~ agreeing with your words and feeling your pain. I see myself in so many of your blog posts. Today's really hit home. So I just wanted to say 'Thank You'.....for being so honest and for saying so eloquently what so many of us are feeling.

  4. I'm so sorry, Jessica. I can't imagine nasty migraines starting during pregnancy.

    Sue, I've heard that about menopause, too. Everyone's different... why can't people understand that?!

    Blessings of 5, thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate you reading, and for sharing that my writing touches you... it means A LOT.


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