Challenges of living with migraine disease

So much of our awareness efforts focus on the acute symptoms of a migraine attack. Migraineurs rarely talk about the challenges we face every single day even on relatively good days.

Sometimes medications cause psychiatric symptoms!

It started with mild feelings of uneasiness that quickly grew into near constant anxiety and paranoia. I was irritable and short-tempered, easily taking offense, and quick to get angry. I’m no stranger to managing emotions. I make my living helping other people identify and manage their own. I knew exactly what I was experiencing and thought I knew how to manage it. But this was more than just stress or skepticism. Something wasn’t right and I needed to get help soon.

Sleep Apnea and Migraines

For years I avoided discussing my sleep problems with doctors because I stubbornly refused to admit that I might have to use a CPAP in order to get a good night’s sleep. I saw the use of a CPAP as “being hooked up to a machine” — as evidence that I was severely ill. In my mind, it was tantamount to “life support”, a fate less preferable to death itself. Trust me, I’m not there now. Breathing is vital and I’d sure like to be doing it while I sleep…especially if it really is a Migraine trigger.