I’ve had migraines since I was 11 years old. I am 46 today, and up until a few years ago, didn’t have a real treatment. I’ve lived my life almost failing school, losing jobs, with people not believing me. Doctors had no idea what to do with me – you name it, I took it. [Tweet this.]

I label my migraines from 1-10, with 10 being a 911 call. My face goes numb, I  slur my worlds, and almost get to the point of fainting. As far as triggers go, doctors think they know triggers, but they really don’t. Because, of course, they’re different for everyone. With me, it’s everything … crying, sunlight, heat, motion sickness, heated cars, heated houses, chocolate, sometimes wine, and sometimes, cigarette smoke. I guess life in general triggers my migraines.

Migraines truly have taken over my life. I cannot travel to visit my father, who lives 795 miles away, because I am petrified to drive long distances for fear of getting a migraine. My migraines are partly hormonal. They had to put me on a medication to stop my periods because of the horror of the migraine that would come once a month.

This is a real disease. I had to go on disability, which took two years to get, because no one believed that I really couldn’t work. Please help us. This is a horrible disease. It’s not just a headache. I say to doctors, please take people like me seriously. We need help. Migraines are REAL, and they HURT! [Tweet this.]