My first migraine…
My first migraine was when I was 4 years old and actually went undiagnosed for quite a few years. It turned out that my first migraine was an abdominal migraine. I remember being sick and feeling fine not long after. I started to experience full blown migraines with the head pain and sickness. My migraines have pretty much stayed like that since then right up until now.
The time my migraines got worse…
The worst time for me was during my teen years. I was getting migraines daily and no drugs or treatments could help me. Unfortunately my school was completely uneducated as to what a migraine was back then.
I didn’t get any support (bar a few really good teachers). Even the school nurse thought I just had a ‘headache’ and wanted to get out of school.
It was at this point I was asked to go to Parliament to share my experiences with having migraines and the impact it had on my education, in the hope that maybe migraines could finally be recognised as a medical condition.
I was incredibly lucky to have a very supportive family. Unfortunately when it came to friends I actually lost nearly all of them.
Regularly missing school due to migraine meant that the saying of ‘out of site out of mind’ was actually true.
The worst part of suffering with migraines is the loneliness that you feel.
Losing friends is awful yes, but not having someone that truly understands what you’re going through, that you can talk to without being judged is the hardest thing when you are a teenager with migraines.
I am happy to say that I am now in a great place, fingers crossed….
Currently, I am fit and healthy, in a full time job and have control over my migraines. I usually know right before I’m about to get one and have the correct drugs to use when needed, which in my case is Imigran.
It has taken me a long time to get to this place. So I’m not going to say it’s easy.
But to those of you that are in your darkest place right now, know that it can get better and over time it will, as long as you have the right people to help you along the way.
Just believe in yourself that you can fight this illness.
I recently decided that I wanted to help fellow migraine sufferers, so I decided to set up my own website sharing my story over time with specific posts on different topics relating to migraines, but also health and fitness as focusing on that has helped me get to where I am.
I’m hoping that this will help other people share their stories and just open up the conversation, so more people are aware of what living with this disease is really like.
Read and follow Amber’s journey here.
If you are struggling with migraine and it’s impacting your mental health please speak to you GP or a headache specialist doctor.
This week week’s Heads Up podcast episode is on ‘Migraine and Mental Health’ with various helpful tips and interventions from our doctors and special guests. Listen here