Dealing with a migraine as a work-at-home mom: the struggle is real. I know from experience. Many people suffer from different intensities of migraines. Some people can function somewhat normally, while others are bedridden. At whatever level you have, a migraine is more than “just a headache”. Most people who have never had a migraine don’t understand this.
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Almost everyone either knows someone who has suffered from migraine, or has struggled with migraines themselves. Migraines plague an estimated 36 million people in the U.S.
- Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine.
- Over 12% of the population, including children, suffers from migraine.
- About 18% of American women and 6% of men suffer from migraine.
- Migraine is most common during the peak productive years, between the ages of 25 and 55.
- Migraine tends to run in families. If one parent suffers from migraine, there is a 40% chance a child will suffer. If both parents suffer, the chance rises to 90%.
(Source: Migraine Research Foundation.)
What I do know: migraines are debilitating. Every sound is amplified. Your head throbs when you move it. I would see spots and be somewhat dizzy which would also make me nauseous. Migraines will put you to bed in a heartbeat. If you’ve never had one, count your lucky stars and pray you never do.
Migraines can vary in how long they last from a few hours to a few days. IN some cases, the migraine sufferer might experience trouble such as blurred vision, or, for me, seeing spots, before the onset of pain. If you’ve never had a migraine, it’s also difficult to understand the severity of them, to emphasize with those that do. A ‘bad headache’ and a migraine are two completely different things.
Dealing with a Migraine as a Work-at-Home Mom
In my personal experience, migraine headaches are one of the worst things to suffer from. Mine begins with seeing spots and a sensitivity to light, then a pressure in my temples. If I don’t take medicine at this point it will progress into a full on head-throbbing migraine and usually a nauseous stomach. Sometimes, if it gets this bad, I have to lie flat in a quiet, dark room until it eases. I learned to cope, to function somewhat, with migraines. For me catching those very early warnings (which is actually the second stage in the stages of a migraine.) and medicate according to the directions with Excedrin® help more than anything. Excedrin® is the only brand dedicated to fast migraine and headache relief and is the Head Pain Expert and the #1 Neurologist recommended OTC for migraine relief.
If you can get that medication in you before it’s a full-blown migraine headache, your chances are far better for it not to become so severe. Excedrin® Migraine relieves pain, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound and nausea. (This is just my opinion. I’m not a doctor. It works for me.) To help alleviate a migraine, take Excedrin® Migraine as soon as you feel the first symptom, then lie very still in a cool, dark room for 30 minutes to an hour if that’s possible.
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