Migraines – What a Pain! #MondayBlogs

Friend, Kitt, a fellow Bipolar, has a son who is a fellow migraine sufferer, horrible for one so young. Reblogging her post because it is so informative and so many people think a migraine is just a bad headache. For all who suffer from them, this is for you! Thanks, Kitt!

Kitt O'Malley

My Son & Husband Atop Mammoth Mountain My Son & Husband atop Mammoth Mountain

So, it is May – Mental Health Awareness Month, and I’m not motivated to write about mental health. Not mine, at least. Instead, I find myself drawn to write about parenting a son who has suffered severe migraines since he was a toddler.

My son’s earliest migraines involved gastrointestinal symptoms, but no headaches. When he was a toddler, he would throw up for three days straight during and following holidays and play dates. At first we thought he got sick with gastroenteritis every holiday, but my sister pointed out the pattern and that he was reacting to being overwhelmed.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation:

Migraine is not just a bad headache. It is a neurological disease, with head pain and associated symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to touch, sound, light, and odors, abdominal pain, and mood changes. While children generally…

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2 responses

  1. Hello and please know how sad I am for you. For maybe six weeks of my life I dealt with cluster migraines. Doctor said it was something men usually dealt with. Didn’t make me feel any better. I wanted to jump off my patio at some point. The never ending pain. I finally went in to ER they gave me a shot. Relief!
    I know the depth of pain you deal with. And I’m so sorry for that.. I’ve never had those headaches of such magnitude ever come back.
    Please know you are in my heart and prayers.
    Love yisraela


    May 11, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    • Dear Yisraela, What a loving and compassionate note. So few people understand. I get 2-3 a week and have lost friends over this. I know you are dealing with your own health issues and do hope you are better. Are you? Haven’t seen posts from you in awhile– is all okay? How is John? Thank you for reaching out. Love, Ellen


      May 11, 2015 at 8:59 PM

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