What’s the Point of a Migraine?

My introduction and battle with a migraine

Introduction to a Migraine

I’ve suffered from migraines since I was 18 or 19 years old. My very first encounter with a migraine was intense to say the least. I ended up in an intensive care. I have no idea how. All I could remember was throwing up, had diarrhea and a massive headache. It felt like my head was going to explode. I fainted. Next, I woke up in a hospital. Diagnosis — stress. That was it. This was the beginning of my migraines.

Early life with Migraine

The next few years of my life with migraines was interesting. I had no idea when the next episode of migraine will start. It was always a surprise. It would start with a little headache which would gradually increase. I would naively think it will go away but I was always surprised by the intensity of it. I couldn’t understand how can I throw up so much. I would end up in bed for at least 3 days.

I was lucky. My friend was involved with medicine. When the next migraine episode started I was in a hospital again. This time my my friend made sure I did all the tests. They tested me properly for everything. I came out of all the tests clean and healthy as a whistle. The doctor’s diagnosis was: “I had a rich peoples’ illness — migraine!” I had no physical problem anywhere in my body.

They said migraines can be caused by stress, not enough sleep, dehydration maybe some food. I have to make sure I rest always and don’t have a stressful life. They also told me, for every person it’s different, therefore, it’s difficult to pin point the exact reasons of it. It’s not universal symptoms. For instance, one person cannot stand the light, others vision gets blurry, some vomit, some have constipation, some diarrhea and so on.

They prescribed super expensive migraine pills to take next time I have it. To be fair, those pills were great! The migraine would just go away.

Learning to Live with it

I am a healthy person and I don’t like pills. When I would feel a headache I wouldn’t reach for tablets. I would just let my body do its thing. However, I would always end up with a migraine and stay in bed for 3 days. I learned to take pills as soon as I had a headache. I hated it. Much later I learned to listen to my body. It’s amazing how no-one ever tells you about it.

I met an acupuncturist so I could treat the migraine. I’ve learned so much. Acupuncture certainly had reduced the intensity of it but I still would take the pills. A few years later, I learned about the food, blood sugar imbalance and hydration. Migraines became less intense, less frequent and I almost eliminated it.

Life Now

I’ve learned so much more about acupuncture and food. Now I don’t even take a paracetamol for my headache. What it used be migraines now turned into an intense headache that I can deal with without painkillers. I learned that the pills for migraines actually almost caused my next episode of migraine. When I stopped taking migraine pills the migraine intensity reduced.

I am not a science person and I cannot explain it how it works scientifically. I can only tell how it is for me. The person that told me to stop taking migraines pills was my acupuncturist. It took me a while not to take it because I was conditioned to do so. Since I am not taking migraine pills my headaches are reduced in the duration and the intensity.

Huge learning

The doctors don’t know everything. The pills are not always the answer. The body is an amazing mechanism and it knows what its doing. If I have a headache my body is trying to do something. According to acupuncture the flow of energy is interrupted in the body and causes tension, which needs to be released.

The body is perfectly capable of doing it but I can help it with acupuncture, healthy eating, exercise, good sleep, laughter, love and lots of sun. There’s a point to headaches and migraines. My learning takes over a decade about my body and its capabilities. One should always keep faith. A body is the most amazing creation in this planet. It’s a magical organism that has more intelligence than doctors. Love your body and listen to it.

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary

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