Depression & Migraines

pexels-photo-326580.jpegAs you know I’ve been suffering from migraines for 7 years now, a long time. A long time of pain and because of that I don’t have a social life or go out, like I’ve stated. I already suffer from PTSD and anxiety from a bad car accident I was in when I was 16. After years of these chronic migraines I have developed depression. It’s dealing with depression and migraines which is key, and that’s what I would like to talk about today.

I know it’s a tough subject. But once you have realized your depressed, the most important thing is to see a doctor and get some help. Thinking you can handle it yourself is not gonna work, it might for a little while but after a while you just wont be able to handle it, I learnt that the hard way. I know when I first saw my doctor the biggest thing I didn’t want was to be drugged up, but I learnt that’s not the case and I’m not. I can’t even tell any difference apart from feeling a lot better.

It may take you a few try’s to find the right medication for you, I found mine on the second try. Again its key to find the right doctor that fits you and your personality. I have been very blessed with my psychiatrist, I found a great doctor that listens to me and takes my past history and even my migraines into account. After getting me on the right medication my doctor referred me to talk to a counselor. 

After my first appointment with my counselor, after hearing my story so to speak and what I’ve been through, and the pain with my migraines, she told me I suffered from depression, PTSD and anxiety. My counselor then told me if I felt comfortable with her what she could do for me, and told me several options of treatments. Then told me her plan, and asked me if I was ok with it. I left feeling so much better just after seeing her for the first time.

After seeing my counselor for several months since this past summer 2017, I am doing so much better. The biggest thing I have learned is its best to get on medication, and talk to someone. If I had left it much longer it could have gotten a lot worse. My situation is a little different because I do suffer from PTSD and anxiety, but before my depression I didn’t realize how bad my PTSD and anxiety had gotten. I was having panic attacks several times a day, which I didn’t realize they were panic attacks.

Now I am educated on depression and the signs of panic attacks, and to try reduce my stressors, but now I’m on medication and doing so much better. So the lesson to be learned is to seek treatment. My only regret is not seeking treatment earlier. 

So in conclusion, if you are feeling sad, irritated or just plain loosing hope or having any bad or suicidal thoughts CALL 9-1-1 AND/OR SEEK TREATMENT ASAP. 

Any questions feel free to contact me 🙂

Thanks for reading 

 

*Disclaimer* I am not a health care professional, I am just writing about and offering advice in my experience. If you feel like you want to harm yourself or others please call 9-1-1 or seek treatment or talk to someone.

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Lisa Wilson

I’m 33 years old and have been suffering from Chronic Migraines for 7 years. I have had migraines all my life, the first one was when I was in 4th grade, and as I got older they got worse. My migraines turned into chronic migraines 7 years ago and have become so debilitating that I can no longer work or have much of a social life. Bright lights and fluorescent lights are a major trigger, so I have to wear dark sunglasses most of the time. Because of that, I can no longer work, go shopping or be outside for a long time. Over the last 7 years I’ve learned how to live with this disease. Many people don’t understand the pain & sickness because Chronic Migraines are a silent disease. I get migraines 3-4 times a day, I loose my vision, and get very nauseous and confused. The only thing I can do when this happens is take my medications and sleep. I’ve been trying to get disability for 7 years now & had no luck. The problem with this illness is because you can’t see it like a broken arm or leg etc. Everyone thinks it’s not a big deal. Unless you have experienced this, many will never understand. To be honest, I wouldn’t want them to. This disease is a nightmare and wouldn’t want anyone else to go through this. I have suffered so long and am still suffering, that I have depression now. After 7 years I have learned a lot of information and tricks, and that’s what I want to share. My goal is to help others get through this day by day, because I understand what your going through. I understand the excruciating pain, the times where you don’t want to move your head because it feels like a cement block. I understand all the times people have passed you off because they think your exaggerating or being lazy. I understand all those times the doctors have just given up on you. I have had countless tears over the last 7 years. I have a great family and I try and get by with what I have and that’s what’s important. If I could I would start a charity or organization for people with Chronic Migraines so we wouldn’t have to rely on the government when we simply cannot work because the moment we start a job within 10 min we would have a migraine. I sympathize with all of you. I have been through it all. I’ve tried many treatments and medications and tried many natural ways to help. I’ve learned a lot over the last 7 years and I want to share and help others in need as much as I can. I want to share what has worked and what hasn’t, Tricks that make the headaches and migraines get better, and information on migraines and the different types of migraines. My mission is I want to help others that suffer like I do. If I help 1 person that will be enough for me. God Bless

6 thoughts on “Depression & Migraines”

  1. I love your post. I have migraines a lot. But sometimes it is because my iron is low. I too was in a car accident when I was 4 weeks pregnant, which only sent my anxiety through the roof. Sometimes I deal with bouts of depression. but until recently I did not have insurance. and even now I cannot pull myself to spend the deductible to see a doctor. I know it sounds ridiculous but the deductible is kind of high and I am the type of person who doesn’t like to spend that much on myself, It makes me feel selfish.
    I am so sorry that I am going on and on

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    1. Thanks. I’m so sorry u suffer from migraines and anxiety and depression. I totally understand where your coming from with the money for a high deductible. Years ago I didn’t have insurance because I couldn’t work and thankfully I’m 2012 I was able to get on medacaid. But even if you can’t see a doctor it’s important to talk to someone, you can talk to me anytime. Believe me I totally understand, you can contact me anytime. Hang in there 💖

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    1. I totally understand, all my migraines last for days too and totally dibilatate me, this is why i cant work. Nausea and vomiting is a huge part of migraines and is gross but is a fact, so no worries lol. So I totally understand where u are coming from. Hang in there.

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  2. I have had migraines for 45 years, not as severe as they are now because for the last decade I’ve been dealing with chronic daily migraines. I also struggle with PTSD (sexual/emotional abuse) and I believe that plays a huge part, but upon researching, I’ve found how migraines have a profound effect on depression. Depression is a daily struggle also.

    Therapy has helped me tremendously coping with the PTSD issues, however, I’m continuing therapy with the focus on depression. Some days are extremely difficult to cope with and even someone to vent to definitely helps. I’m sorry you have to suffer from this invisible illness also. (BTW – Art and designing has really been a great focal point to distract me from the pain sometimes). Hugs, Deb 🙂

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