Living with pain haze, brain fog, mommy brain and Migraine

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Sometimes, things just look a bit hazy

 

Call it mommy brain. Call it pain haze. When I have a migraine I’m a bit fuzzy to say the least.

I got a migraine after the 4th of July (which was not a surprise, I get a migraine at every holiday) that lasted a few days and was severe. I spent the remainder of my week recovering. So when I woke up again with another migraine I was totally frustrated.

My husband had left for a trip before I woke up and I went directly into survival mode. I took my meds, iced and drank coffee before my kids got up. By the time they got up, I was able to put on a happy face and told myself I was going to make it through the day and to keep on fighting. I talk to myself and my migraines a lot!

So I decided to continue on with what I planned for the day and started addressing thank you notes that I had written for my daughter’s birthday. As I did this, I responded to a wedding invitation. The invitation already had a stamp on it and at this point I realized I had addressed my envelopes backwards. I had reversed the stamp and return address and would not have noticed had I not seen an example of the correct way to address an envelope. Uh, how frustrating.

Was it the end of the world, of course not. It was just an honest mistake but it frustrated me. When I was on preventatives I made mistakes like this a lot (See why I don’t take preventatives). Now that I’m not, I try to keep my head as clear as possible but controlling the pain is a priority. I have many friends who do not suffer and tell me they are the same way with “mommy brain”.

Call it what you will, it’s mommy brain, pain haze, migraine hangover, busy life and fogginess. The problem with suffering is that I never know what’s normal. What is normal anyways? Knowing how to address an envelope is normal, so maybe I’m a bit hazy. I guess I could be called worse.

What have you done in a pain haze?

Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. I'm a mom, wife, teacher, and chronic migraine sufferer. I tell my stories and advocate in my life searching for health in a positive honest way.

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6 Comments

  1. leapingtracks on July 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Hi, I can so relate to this. Thank you for your excellent and frank writing. I find that sometimes I can carry on with my migraine – somehow putting it in a box to deal with later. Other times, like today, I can’t, and have to give in. Ugh. And all the while, I have number dyslexia – I am no longer sure whether this is the migraine brain or the ridiculous amount of preventative meds that have made me go soggy in the interests of trying to keep me pain free as much as poss. Happy days 🙂



  2. mymigrainelife on July 15, 2014 at 2:23 am

    It’s like which came first, the chicken or the egg. Who knows? We have our own hazy normal. I hope you are feeling well. Thanks for the comment



  3. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement on July 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    You’re definitely not alone! I know when I’m in a pain haze, a funk, or it’s just a bad fatigue day I do all sorts of weird things like this. One thing that’s a constant is my “goldfish brain.” I’m always asking him “what was I doing?” and he kindly and patiently reminds me even though I may ask him 3 different times in the span on 5 minutes. We just have to be kind to ourselves and know we can’t help it!



  4. mymigrainelife on July 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I like to announce what I’m doing when I leave the room so I can ask my kids when I get to the next place. Reminders are good!



  5. mymigrainelife on August 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Reblogged this on My Migraine Life and commented:

    What story do you have about “pain haze” “migraine hangover” or “mommy brain”? I know I’m not the only one!



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