Migraine is a Neurological Disease

Migraine is a Neurological Disease

This is a significant fact for me. My mom and grandmothers both suffered from Migraines. I remember my grandpa being very sensitive to my suffering after he saw my grandma suffer on the couch with a wet cloth for so many years.

I am a mom that worries daily about the fact and possibility of passing it on to my sweet babies. It was one of the first thoughts I had when I found out I was having a girl and knowing her chances would be higher. I observe her constantly for signs of Migraine. Therefore, I ensure my children eat well, have a regular sleep schedule, show them stress relief techniques, and more. I try my best to teach them the importance of health, but I am fully aware that I can not change the genetics that I passed on.

The hypersensitive brain is something that makes me feel sane. For many, many years, I felt crazy for the ailments I have. I always thought it was an abundance of different things, the idea that I wasn’t genuinely sick or that everyone else felt that bad, and it was typical. Once I learned about the scope of Migraine and that it is my brain being hypersensitive, I understood myself.

When I get asked why all the treatments I have tried don’t work, the answer is clear…..I can’t change my genetic makeup. I can try to control, prevent, treat, and live with it. I won’t be cured. This is a fact that many need to understand. I suffer, and many generations suffer. It’s genetics and a hypersensitive brain.

Migraine Triggers 

I am hypersensitive to light, sound, touch, smell, heat, cold, weather, stress, hormones, and more. I get triggered by things people would never notice. Once I’m triggered, my brain becomes more sensitive. Once I have had a migraine, I am at a higher risk for another one since my sensitivity is heightened. This often throws me into a cycle because of medication rebound and my hypersensitivity not calming down. It is very complex and challenging to deal with.

The brain is a very tricky thing. A migraine brain seems impossible!

Featured Image by Karen Eh, Content by Teri Robert

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Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. My kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate me to make a difference in the Migraine World.
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