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Getting the Support you Need

May 8th, 2009

If there’s anything that makes me want to throw up my hands and give up, it’s how complex Migraine disease is. Migraine disease has multiple triggers, can take multiple forms with different symptoms and effects on our lives, and has multiple treatment possibilities. I could not manage all of this without support. It’s lonely dealing with a disease that eats away days and weeks of our lives, and isolates us where the sound and the light won’t bother us. Treating Migraine takes managing multiple aspects of our lives and health – that takes support. The people who support me remind me that every day will not be so bad, that life is still worth living, that there is hope. The things that support me give a structure to my life that I can count on when I am not functioning at my best.

We need to cultivate our support systems – building them up when we feel well so they will be there when we need them. We need to do what we can for the people who support us, when we can. In other words, we need to build our stock of resources.

What kinds of support are there? Consider these:

Where is support missing in your life? Sometimes making a list of the pieces that are missing and taking just one step at a time can make a big difference. Like finding one person to talk to, or scheduling one doctor’s appointment.  Giving a teleclass a try, or stocking up on comfort supplies.

What can you do to build your support system?

- Megan

Hands together image courtesy of Maria Angelie.

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Posted in Managing, Medicine, Tips & Techniques | Comments (4)

  • http://www.headache-adviser.com/lifestyle-changes.html Mary Kay

    Hi Megan,
    Wonderful post. I especially like the “tool kit”. I think I will start recommending that concept to my patients. Ususally address the sleep, quiet and neck support but putting it all together would give patients a sense of empowerment.

    Thanks!
    Mary Kay

  • admin

    Thanks Mary Kay. Yes I think it always helps to do what we can to be prepared – though we cannot ultimately control the Migraines themselves, we do have some power over their impact on us!

    Good to see you!
    - Megan

  • Janice

    Megan,

    You are like a breath of fresh air to a topic that seems centuries old! I have a 20 year old daughter that has complex migraines and we can’t seem to get any help anywhere!!! The last medicine she was given “proplananol” is giving her daily headaches but she is still having the “drop/sleepy spells” that come weekly to monthly along with stomach pain now. Hopefully i will be able to learn/find something new to help her. I liked your may18 blog about the rest and sleep which she definitely does not get enough of.
    She has other medical problems which doesn’t help.
    I have signed up for the RSS and newsletter. I am determined to find her some relief.
    thanks, Janice

  • admin

    Thanks Janice! Good luck to you and your daughter. Contact me if I can be of assistance.

    Best, Megan

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