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"Migraines Are The Worst!" And 16 Other Things Migraine Sufferers Know To Be True

A headache and a migraine are two veeeeery different things.

1. Look, migraines are the WORST.

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Like "banging your funny bone a thousand times over" bad.

2. They're a random, miserable, unexplainable, pain-in-the-behind with pretty much zero rhyme or reason to them.

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But...I guess they keep us on our toes?

3. And while everyone loves to say they "get migraines too"...

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4. ...a headache and a migraine are two veeeeery different things.

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I mean, I *wish* it was just a headache!

5. In fact, no two people's experiences of migraines are alike.

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This leads to so many fruitless doctor conversations I've lost count.

6. There's light sensitivity, weather sensitivity, food sensitivity...

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People sensitivity...

7. And for some, the after effects can last literally days.

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Usually laying in bed for that long would be called a "great weekend."

8. Which really makes it hard to feel like anyone really understands what you go through.

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Even those who do get migraines can't necessarily relate to what yours feels like.

9. And people tend to get much less sympathetic when you need to take time off.

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They're usually very quick to suggest taking the afternoon off, but it often turns judgmental if it goes any longer.

10. Or if you need to skip out on plans.

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Trust us, we'd hang out if we could!

11. Which, in turn, can make you feel a little guilty.

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Especially with some people able to function through a migraine attack, it can make you feel like you're making a big deal of things. Which can be kinda lonely.

12. The triggers can be pretty random too.

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Aged cheeses, rain, salty food, jogging, onions, bananas, loud noises...

13. And juuuuust when you think you might have figured it out, you get thrown a curveball.

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Surprise! You're triggered by avocados now, too!

14. So you're constantly on alert for those trigger signs in case you need to run to your nearest medicine stash.

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My warning signs are tiny blindspots, so I'm constantly reading small print to figure out whether I need to rush off or not.

15. Because if it turns out to be a big one...well, time to turn off the lights and settle in to being a curled-up ball for 12-plus hours or so.

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See you on the other side! Hopefully!

16. But despite all this, a little compassion really does go a long way.

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"Is there anything I can do?" is a personal favorite.

17. And we're always extremely grateful for our friends once we rejoin the world on the other side!

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