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17 Secrets People Who Get Migraines Will Never Tell You

We're kind of obsessed with how much our brains hurt tbh.

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So, migraines are more than just really freaking bad headaches.

Migraine is actually a genetic disorder (here's BuzzFeed Health's previous reporting on what's happening in your brain during a migraine) that encompasses a whole mess of neurological symptoms. Other than the debilitating pain of the migraine headache itself, migraines bring other awful stuff like auras (seeing flashing lights or spots in your vision), nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and a post-migraine hangover that makes you feel fatigued, unable to concentrate, and, well, sad.

But since it's not always apparent to others just how bad it feels to get migraines or exist in fear of getting them, here are just a few of our secrets.

1. Unfamiliar food situations (potlucks, parties, new restaurants) are terrifying because we could accidentally eat something that could trigger a migraine.

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A few bites of something that you didn't realize contains a trigger (like caffeine, aspartame, olives, dried fruit, wine, processed meat, various kinds of cheese, chocolate....) can mean The Beginning Of The End.

2. Lots of us basically live in fear of our periods.

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Because for many of us hormones fluctuations mean migraine's a-comin'.

Period migraine: The painful icing on the misery cake that is cramps, bloating, and bleeding.

3. We're basically amateur meteorologists because certain weather changes trigger migraines.

We don't know what barometric pressure actually is, but we know that when it's about to change, it's time to mainline some meds.
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We don't know what barometric pressure actually is, but we know that when it's about to change, it's time to mainline some meds.

4. Sometimes we make up a reason that we can't hang out because it's easier than saying we have a migraine. Again.

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Honestly, dishonesty is the second best policy!

5. And we do that because when we say we have a migraine and a friend says "Again?!!" we die a little.

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Yes, again.

6. We've workshopped a million different ways of describing migraines in an effort to make people understand how bad it really is.

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OK it's like being stabbed with an ice pick from inside your head. No wait it's like a thousand tiny hammers banging rhythmically on your skull no wait OK imagine what it would feel like to be run over by a zamboni...

7. We cry a lot.

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Sometimes when we know a migraine is imminent, sometimes during, maybe once it subsides. Or, to get the migraine hat-trick, all three!

8. We secretly think no one has ever been in as much pain as us.

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Don't even bother trying to compare notes. We win.

9. We could talk about our migraines forever.

Are you busy for the next four hours?
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Are you busy for the next four hours?

10. And talking migraines with other people who get them is our bonding activity of choice.

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Comparing auras, migraine hangovers, and medicine side effects will make you MFF (migraine friends forever).

11. It's tough to look forward to special occasions and vacations when you're worried that a migraine will ruin all your fun.

It's like they know exactly when they can hurt you most.
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It's like they know exactly when they can hurt you most.

12. If we could take only one item to a desert island, it would be our migraine meds.

Literally the only thing we don't leave home without.
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Literally the only thing we don't leave home without.

13. Every new job or semester means having to explain why we might not show up for a day or three, and asking for some leniency.

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It never gets easier.

14. Nothing warms our hearts more than a non-migraineur who really gets what we're going through.

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When you leave us all alone in the totally silent darkness, we know you love us.

15. We track a ton of minutiae about our daily lives in order to see any patterns about when we get migraines.

There's nothing we won't track to get to the bottom of it.
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There's nothing we won't track to get to the bottom of it.

16. If you see us space out and squint our eyes, we're trying to figure out if we're about to get a migraine.

Sometimes it feels like it one is coming on but it's a false alarm. Cue relief.
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Sometimes it feels like it one is coming on but it's a false alarm. Cue relief.

17. Most importantly, we may seem pretty high-maintenance but honestly it doesn't take much to make us feel amazing.

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