Day 25 #MHAM #MHAMBC My hope lies in management

"YOUR Hope," What do you hope for most in your journey with Headaches or Migraines? Please share with us about what you hope for and why.

At this point in the game I have what I like to call realistic goals. I would really like to have some decrease in intensity and frequency of migraines through medication, even if it is just a little... a little goes a long way. I would love pain free days, that would be a significant improvement but also just a decrease in actual intensity would be very welcome.

If that is not possible, or not possible yet or in the near future, then I want to decrease the suffering caused by the existing migraine pain that I have. There are a lot of factors that increase suffering. Mood, negative thought patterns, isolation. And to a degree the part of chronic migraines we have an element of control over is lifestyle management and coping... to manage the suffering created from the migraines we cannot treat, which is essential when it comes to living with this disease. For me there are several components I consider when trying to affect this area of my life. 

  • I do regular mindful meditation to reduce stress.
  • I do cognitive therapy exercises to help with negative thinking patterns... just to keep an eye on how I am thinking about pain and reacting to it. As this really affects my moods.
  • I do as much exercise as I can tolerate, which admittedly since I returned to work, is little. So I want to work on this area some more.
  • I try to do a little bit of socializing at least once a month. This helps prevent isolation, helps with mood and gets you out of your head space for a bit to enjoy yourself.
  • I try to engage in hobbies that I enjoy to relax whether that is reading or writing.

I have in the past felt completely hopeless and out of control with the pain of the migraines. It felt like there was no solution. No way to improve. Nothing a doctor could do and nothing I could do. And that I would just have to exist in this pain space forever, while constantly Doing things that made it worse. And I fight not to Be in the head space again all the time. I know how I thought about pain and my situation then and I don't want to go down that path again. Being hopeful in the basic sense implies to me that I have some modest control over my destiny. That it is not all dependent on doctors and treatment that often fail. That my coping and coping strategies make a difference in how I live with this disease. 

I would like to believe the migraines would just up and stop one day and who knows, they might. But until that day I want to manage this disease the best I am capable of. And that means pain management, with medication that hopefully has some sort of affect on intensity and frequency and also with coping strategies that help with the suffering caused by the pain. When the pain is completely out of control... I lose hope and I despair and i wonder why I even bother with this existence. So pain management is vital in all its aspects.

"The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is organized by the American Headache and Migraine Association."

Prompts to be found on: Awareness Month page.

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