​(I wish I could have written this…it is so accurate and well described)
To Anyone Who Wonders How People With Migraine Push Through the Pain by Lisa Jacobson — Founder, The Daily Migraine
People constantly ask all of us, “How do you do it?”  YOU HAVE TO.  That’s it.  Very simple.  Just push through the sheer excruciating pain.  You have to work because you have to support yourself.  You have to take care of your kids because no one else can.  Drive-stop-vomit-drive-stop-vomit-repeat.
The challenge with chronic head pain is that it is invisible.  If you tell people you really hurt, then you are complaining.  We are disbelieved simply because we are women, and dismissed as having a “women’s disease.”  If we don’t tell people about our pain, then we are responsible for them not understanding we have a debilitating condition.
The physical hurts are unyielding.  The pain.  The numbness.  The weakness.  The dizziness.  The nausea. 
Yet the psychic hurts can feel much worse.  We are faking it.  We should take Tylenol and then be all better.  We must be doing something wrong.  “I used to have that and I did x, y and z, and I’m all better.”  It’s insulting and infuriating.
So what do you do when your current state has become a dark room, in bed, isolated from the world, life passing you by, and maybe the only living being that understands is your pet?
The most basic of prescriptions will get you through: Do what you need to do for you.  Stop caring about the naysayers.  Be your own priority.  Advocate for yourself.  Do the best you can.  Accept your limitations.  It’s not selfish to tend to your own health.  Get rid of those who refuse to support you.  Never stop trying new treatments.  Join an online support group.  Never give up hope.  Tomorrow is a new day with new treatments, new ideas and new inspiration, and maybe a pain-free day.
And don’t underestimate the power of the simplest thing of all: BREATHE.

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