Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Living With Constant Migraines

There is a hell of a lot of people out there who suffer with migraines which is why I wanted to do this post. I know it is random and something different for my blog, but I felt like it was just something that I needed to do. I feel that there is a stigma when it comes to migraines and some people don't take them as seriously as they should. I have often told people that I have a migraine and I get eye rolls and sighs back, and I have got to a point where I am sick of it.

Migraines are something that I have suffered with my whole life. They started from a very young age and seem to be intensifying gradually as I get older. When I was younger my mum would keep a dairy of every time I had a headache, obviously back then I couldn’t describe them as a migraine but I am sure that she knew that it was. I used to live on Calpol from been around 3 and constantly moaning about my head.

Throughout comprehensive school which is where shit gets real when you have your GCSE’s my attendance near enough every single year was 40%, and they aim for you to be no lower than 95%. Obviously we had to explain to the school what was happening and get doctors notes. Luckily for me I found school really simple and flew through it with straight A’s even though I was probably there 3 days a week at the most.

When I was at school I was put onto every form of medication that they could give a minor. I also went for brain scans to make sure that everything was physically ok up there, which it was. It was just trial and error with the medication, but I exhausted all avenues and nothing worked for me. The doctor literally told me that they had tried everything that they can and I was going to have to wait until I was over 16 for me to try the adult drugs.

So after much more suffering, shortly after my 16th birthday I went back where the whole cycle started again. I worked my way through so many different medications, again nothing even touched the pain. More brain scans followed and they all showed that there was nothing wrong with my brain, I just got told it was one of them things.

And that is really where I am at today, I can guarantee that I get a migraine without fail every single week. And when you work full time it just isn’t possible to have days in bed and try to recover, you just have to drag yourself up and try and get on with it. My migraines can be so intense now that they actually make me throw up, which I know is foul but it is just the truth. They knock me for six and I cannot move and it is just really horrible.

When I have a really intense migraine or the after effects of one the only thing that doesn’t help but sooths me is just to lay in bed. I have a blackout blind up and I pull it all the way down, shut the curtains and just curl up in bed and lay in the pitch black.

I just wanted to write this post because I know there are many people out there who are in the same boat as me. I just have to live with my migraines and try and get on with things but sometimes it can be really hard. Which will mean that ever now and again I can't get posts up on time and I won't be able to write back to comments straight away. It isn't because I'm rude, it is just because I am genuinely in pain and computers are the last thing that I want to be looking at...

For all those that suffer migraines, I feel your pain... literally!


  1. This sounds absolutely awful, hope you find something more effective to help you soon! Xx

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  2. I used to suffer really badly with migraines when I was younger, and like you I would throw up after every single one so I can totally sympathise with you there. Lucky for me I've grown out of it but I really hope it gets sorted for you soon. xx

    Lucy x | lucy-cole.co.uk

    1. I know so many people that have grown out of them, hopefully I will do soon!

      Danielle xx

  3. I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I've had a constant migraine since I was 11. At the age of 13, I started to loose consciousness because of them. Battling doctors was really hard, but eventually I received the diagnosis of basilar type migraine with aura. On getting this diagnosis, finding the right medication to lessen my symptoms became a little easier. It was still trial and error, but we were trying drugs specifically for my type of migraine.

    Have you been seen by a specialist migraine consultant? If not, it's definitely worth asking your GP for a referral. The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery are fantastic and were the only people able to diagnose my rare form of the condition. Pinning down the type of migraine you get may help to find the best medication for you. Botox is worth looking into. There aren't many places that offer it, but it is available on the NHS if you fit into their strict criteria. I've found it one of the most helpful things for managing my migraine pain and light sensitivity.

    I'm always here if you want to talk to a fellow migraineur. You're never alone. Xx

    Tania | My Experience Of Botox For Chronic Migraine

    1. Thank you sweetie!
      It is nice to know that I am not in the same boat. It isn't very often that you find some who has them to the same degree as me!

      Danielle xx

  4. I've never had a migraine so I found this post so interesting. That must be such a difficult things to have to live with constantly. I hope things get better for you soon! xx


  5. I'm with you on this post. I suffer from a mixture of migraines and headaches, funny enough, I've got one now and they are horrible. They ruin my day without it even starting and I've recently started to cut back on Neurofen but nothing seems to work. And I hate taking tablets, what I have found to help with short term relief is Indian balms, whenever an aunt goes to India, I tell her to pick up a bunch. Or tiger balm, although a little strong helps! Have a lovely day :)

    Trishna xx


    1. I try not to take tablets too. They never really seem to work so I don't see the point in taking them just for the sake of it!

      Danielle xx


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